NY State Violent Crimes and Offenses
Violent Crimes in New York State have some of the most severe punishments, penalties and consequences in the penal law. While some crimes are legally defined as violent offenses, others are by their nature viewed by law enforcement as violent even if not legally codified as such. Regardless, an accusation for any violent offense from First Degree Assault and its mandatory five to twenty-five year sentence upon conviction and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation and its potential for one year in jail, know that the direct and collateral consequences of arrest is dire. Make no mistake, whether you are being investigated or arrested for a violent crime or you face an indictment or trial for a violent felony offense, your failure to retain an experienced and skilled criminal lawyer will compromise your ability to remain free from jail and avoid a crushing criminal record. Should the allegation against you involve an accusation of a familial crime or Domestic Violence, there is little doubt that you risk compounding your criminal case further if you fail to protect yourself with the best criminal counsel.
Putting aside how District Attorneys, judges and the police in New York City – Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx – as well as the Hudson Valley – Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland – scrutinize and aggressively prosecute violent crimes, only certain felonies, not misdemeanors, are codified as “Violent Felony Offenses” pursuant to New York Penal Law 70.02. These crimes, unlike other non-violent felonies, generally have mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment for both first time and chronic felony offenders. In fact, if you are convicted, a class “D,” “C,” “B,” and “A” violent felony offense will strip you of your freedom and liberty for no less than two, three and one-half, or five years. Equally frightening, not only can a prosecutor often raise a non-violent crime to a violent felony offense, but depending on the crime you are convicted, a judge can sentence you to prison for years, decades and even the balance of your life.
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A mere accusation of a violent crime - Assault, Robbery, Aggravated Harassment, Weapon Possession, Strangulation, Rape and others - has enormous life altering consequences even if you are completely innocent and ultimately exonerated. Saland Law’s criminal defense team has successfully resolved allegations of violent offenses against our clients before and during litigation. Our criminal lawyers routinely represent or assists clients accused of or charged with the following:
- Assault: New York Penal Law Article 120
- Menacing: New York Penal Law Article 120
- Stalking: New York Penal Law Article 120
- Strangulation and Related Offenses: New York Penal Law Article 121
- Murder, Manslaughter and Homicide: New York Penal Law Article 125
- Rape and other Sex Crimes: New York Penal Law Article 130
- Coercion: New York Penal Law Article 135
- Kidnapping: New York Penal Law Article 135
- Unlawful Imprisonment: New York Penal Law Article 135
- Burglary: New York Penal Law Article 140
- Robbery: New York Penal Law Article 160
- Criminal Contempt: New York Penal Law Article 215
- Intimidating a Witness: New York Penal Law Article 215
- Tampering with a Witness: New York Penal Law Article 215
- Aggravated Harassment: New York Penal Law Article 240
- Criminal Interference with Health Care Services or Religious Worship: New York Penal Law Article 240
- Harassment: New York Penal Law Article 240
- Endangering the Welfare of a Vulnerable or Disabled Person: New York Penal Law Article 260
- Firearm and Weapon Possession: New York Penal Law Article 265
- Possession of Pistol/Revolver Ammunition: NYC Admin. Code 10-131
It is likely that you do not need your criminal defense lawyer to explain that law enforcement at all stages of the process from the NYPD and local police in the Hudson Valley, District Attorneys throughout the NYC and suburban region, and judges sitting in courts anywhere in New York State are not sympathetic to people who allegedly commit violent criminal offenses. Therefore, if you are investigated or you have been arrested for a violent crime you owe it to yourself and your family to seek out an experienced and skilled criminal attorney. With the best advocate at your side, you can protect not only your rights but navigate the murky waters of the criminal justice system.
Day or night, Saland Law is prepared to represent to advocate on your behalf with the police or prosecutors. Armed with the experience representing clients in violent matters and prosecuting the same as Assistant District Attorneys in Manhattan under Robert Morgenthau and Cyrus Vance, there are no better criminal lawyers with a combination of “hands on” training inside and outside the courtroom who can bring the full force of their skills to your defense. Whether we are appearing at your arraignment to secure your release or seek reasonable bail, arranging for your voluntary surrender to a warrant, cross examining an accuser or the police at your hearing or trial, there is no substitute for the advocacy, experience and knowledge of Saland Law.
Call our New York violent crime attorneys and former prosecutors at (212) 312-7129 or contact us online today.