Being convicted of a felony is terrifying for many people, and those who end up being prosecuted and indicted by the criminal justice system will have their lives changed forever. While a felony is overwhelming for most, having an experienced and capable lawyer at your side can help you get a more favorable outcome and even reduce your sentence. In this blog, we’ll talk about what being convicted of a Class C felony in the state of New York entails and some of the crimes that are classified in that category. If you’re searching for a criminal law attorney in New York state, contact The Law Offices of David I. Goldstein. Our dedicated lawyers will take on your case and do their best to make sure that you’re represented well in court. Contact our offices today for more information!

A Class C felony is divided up between two categories: violent and nonviolent. While a Class C felony is serious, it lies in the middle of the class system and therefore can have serious sentences or convictions that aren’t as enormous. To better discuss what a Class C felony entails, we must first explain the difference between a nonviolent and a violent crime and what some examples of them are.

Violent crime: criminally negligent homicide, aggravated criminally negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter, robbery, criminal sale of a firearm with aid of a minor, strangulation in the first degree, and assault on a judge

Nonviolent crime: aggravated vehicular assault, welfare fraud, life settlement fraud, forgery, bribery, money laundering, and corrupting the government.

Sentences for Nonviolent and Violent Class C Felonies

If you are convicted of a nonviolent or violent Class C felony, you can expect a sentence as follows:

Class C nonviolent felony conviction: This sentence ranges from no jail time to probation to a maximum sentence of 15 years. Of course, the seriousness of the sentence depends heavily on what crime you’re guilty of, if you’ve been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor previously, and if your lawyer can prove good conduct or other positive aspects about your person.

Class C violent felony conviction: If you’ve committed this type of felony, you’ll face a minimum of three-and-a-half years up to a maximum of 15 years. Again, your sentence can have more or less time added or subtracted to it depending if you have prior convictions or elements that a judge will take into consideration when choosing the punishment for your crime.

The Importance of a Criminal Law Attorney

If you’re facing a conviction for a Class C felony, it’s important to contact a criminal law attorney as soon as you can. Having someone who can represent you in court and use his or her influence to lower your sentence and remind the judge and/or jury about the good deeds you have done for the community can help your conviction to be lowered.

Don’t hesitate to contact The Law Offices of David I. Goldstein in New York if you’re charged with a Class C felony. We look forward to representing you in court!