Felony Crime Defense in Long Island
Understanding Your Legal Rights
If you are being charged with a
criminal offense, you should first understand that not all crimes will be treated the same
way. Differences in classification and punishment even exist within the
same crime category. The details of the alleged crime and your own history
can either reduce or escalate the conviction penalties. Regardless of
the severity of your charges, you should contact an experienced Long Island
criminal defense lawyer at Prime & O'Brien, LLP right away to
help you understand your rights and build your case.
Differences Between Misdemeanors and Felonies
Most crimes committed in New York State are misdemeanors. Shoplifting,
DWI, and identity theft – to name a few – are amongst some of
the most common misdemeanor crimes reported. Typically, as the crimes
themselves are viewed as "less severe or damaging," misdemeanors
will bring a maximum of $1000 in fines and a year in jail. Consecutive
misdemeanors could cause higher degrees of punishment, however.
Felony charges, on the other hand, are comprised of crimes that are considered
to be dangerous or hazardous by nature, harming not only the individual
but also the public interest as well.
Crimes that constitute a felony include, but are not limited to, the following:
Penalties for Felony Convictions
All of the following can change the degree – or class – of
your felony charge:
- Who you were with
- Where you were
- How much harm your alleged crime has potentially caused
Due to the wide range of classes, from A to E, felony penalties can also
vary greatly. As a generalization, felony convictions will usually include
a fine of
at least $1000 and a jail sentence of
at least 18 months. Some cases may include lesser degrees of punishment and many
more will include stricter penalties, such as a Class A drug felony crime
with fines up to $100,000 and 25 years in prison.
If a court ruling is somewhat lenient for your felony conviction, or if
you have committed a nonviolent crime, you may be presented with an indeterminate
sentence. This allows the convicted person to serve a minimum amount of
jail time and then request parole. For example, if you are convicted of
a Class D felony, such as second-degree criminal mischief, you could be
sentenced to seven years of jail time but request parole after one year.
Let Us Handle Your Felony Case
The simplest way to avoid the high fines and severe punishments attached
to felony crimes is to not be convicted of one, but this is virtually
impossible without proper representation. If you are being wrongfully
accused of a felony crime, or if you feel the charges against you are
excessive or unjust, you need the experienced guidance of
Prime & O'Brien, LLP. Both Attorney Prime and Attorney O'Brien have served as prosecutors
in Nassau County, giving them each a deep insight into the legal process
that most defendants cannot claim.
Don't leave your future up to chance. Fight your felony charges right now.
Call our firm to speak to a Long Island criminal defense lawyer!