Being charged with any offense is a frightening and stressful experience, but violent crimes in particular place you at an elevated risk for facing very harsh legal consequences. The New York criminal justice system differentiates between violent and non-violent offenses, and the former typically lead to longer periods of incarceration and other increased penalties.
In addition to the immediate repercussions of a conviction, the long-term effects can continue to haunt you for years to come. The vast majority of businesses and real estate companies run background checks on prospective employees and tenants, and a history of violence could prevent you from being hired, or even allowed to live in certain communities. A conviction could take away your freedom, separate you from your loved ones, destroy your reputation, end your career, and negatively impact the rest of your future. You need to act fast to protect your legal rights with the help of an experienced defense attorney.
Queens violent crimes defense attorney Victor Knapp has more than 30 years of experience handling thousands of cases. Victor Knapp regularly represents clients in misdemeanor and felony matters including but not limited to:
- Assault and Battery (Simple, Aggravated)
- Domestic Violence Charges
- Juvenile Crimes
- Murder (Homicide)
- Sex Crimes
When you need the support of a law firm with a reputation for excellence and a history of success in the courtroom, Victor Knapp is here to help you fight your charges and seek justice. To schedule your free and completely confidential case evaluation, call our law offices today at (718) 263-9000.
Which Offenses are Considered Violent Crimes in New York?
Crimes of violence are primarily associated with assault and homicide. However, there are numerous offenses which are labeled with this classification. Under Article 70 of the New York Penal Code, charges which may be classed as violent felony offenses include:
- Gang Assault
- Sexual Abuse
- Weapons Crimes (Criminal Use/Sale of a Firearm)
- Witness Intimidation
Assault is one of the most widespread charges in New York City, and throughout the country. Like any other crime, assault is divided into different levels of severity. 2nd Degree Assault and 1st Degree Assault are both considered to be violent felonies.
Assault is defined as deliberately causing physical injury to another person. Aggravating factors include:
- Using a weapon.
- Causing serious injury.
- Attacking a police officer, EMT, or court official.
Depending on the details, an assault conviction carries a maximum sentence of 25 years.
Homicide or murder is among the most severe of all criminal charges. Murder is always considered a felony, meaning a conviction is essentially guaranteed to come with extremely serious penalties.
Murder is differentiated from manslaughter in that murder entails a planned and intentional act. Manslaughter, by comparison, involves causing death through a reckless action. Deliberately causing or aiding suicide can also be considered an act of manslaughter in the state of New York.
Despite a significant difference in their legal definitions, manslaughter and negligent homicide are both classed as felonies, and come with years, decades, or a lifetime of incarceration.
If you are convicted of committing murder, you could be facing 25 years to life in prison without parole. Even in the “best” case scenario, you could still receive a mandatory minimum sentence of:
- 2nd Degree Manslaughter: 1 year
- 1st Degree Manslaughter: 5 years
- 2nd Degree Murder: 15 years
Contact an Experienced Violent Crimes Defense Lawyer
If you or one of your loved ones is facing allegations of committing a violent crime, it is absolutely critical that you take immediate action to start building the best defense possible. Call the law offices of Victor Knapp at (718) 263-9000, or contact us online. Time is of the essence, so don’t delay: call us right away to start exploring your legal option.