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Felony Arrests

An arrest for a felony offense in Queens can result in severe repercussions if the alleged offender is convicted of the offense. A convicted felony offender in New York can face any of the following penalties, depending on the type of felony:

  • A permanent criminal record
  • Lengthy prison sentences
  • Fines
  • Ineligibility to pursue certain professions or occupations
  • Ineligibility to vote or hold public office
  • Ineligibility to own or possess a firearm
  • Inability to be accepted into certain educational or graduate school programs
  • Inability to receive certain forms of governmental assistance
  • Inability to receive Federal student loans

If you have been charged with a Queens, NY felony offense, you do not necessarily have to face a conviction. The District Attorney must first show you committed every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.

This can be a very difficult burden to meet, and any doubt in the mind of the judge or jury can result in a reduction or dismissal of the charges against you. Therefore, it is essential to contact an experienced Queens criminal defense lawyer who will make every effort to help you create your best legal strategy for your particular situation.

Queens Felony Arrests Lawyer

Contact the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner if you have been charged with a felony crime in all areas of New York, including Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. Rochelle S. Berliner is experienced in defending all areas of New York’s felony offenses, and will make every effort to help you avoid the most serious penalties and repercussions to your alleged offense.

Call the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner at 718-261-5600 for a consultation about your felony offense allegations today.


Felony Offenses in Queens

Some of the most common felony charges in Queens can include:

The above list does not include every felony offense that exists under New York’s Penal Law, but consists of the most commonly charged felony offenses throughout New York City.


Queens, New York Felonies

New York Penal Laws § 55.05 defines the five different classifications of felony offenses, which vary depending on the severity of the offense. The five classifications of felony offenses in New York are as follows:

  • Class E Felony;
  • Class D Felony;
  • Class C Felony;
  • Class B Felony; and
  • Class A Felony (A-I and A-II).

An alleged felony offender may face additional penalties in New York if they are:

  • A second felony offender;
  • A persistent felony offender;
  • A violent felony offender;
  • A second violent felony offender;
  • A persistent violent felony offender; or
  • A second child sexual assault felony offender.

Section 70.06 of the New York Penal Law defines a second felony offender as an individual who stands to be convicted of a felony offense, other than a second violent felony offense, and who has previously been subject to one or more predicate felony convictions.

According to New York Penal Law § 70.10, habitual or persistent felony offenders can face additional penalties and consequences. A persistent felony offender includes anyone who has previously been convicted of two or more felony offenses who is not a persistent violent felony offender. A persistent felony offender may be subject to increased penalties as a class A-I felony offense.


Queens Violent Felony Offenders

According to N.Y. Penal Law § 70.02, an individual convicted of a violent felony offense can face the following terms of imprisonment:

  • A class E violent felony offense is punishable by a maximum term of four (4) years and a mandatory minimum term of 1.5 years;
  • A class D violent felony offense is punishable by a maximum term of seven (7) years and a minimum term of two years;
  • A class C violent felony offense is punishable by a maximum term of 15 years and a minimum term of 3.5 years;
  • A class B violent felony offense is punishable by a maximum term of 25 years and a minimum mandatory term of five (5) years.

Examples of violent felony offenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Attempt to Commit Murder in the Second Degree;
  • Kidnapping in the First or Second Degree;
  • Arson in the First or Second Degree;
  • Manslaughter in the First Degree;
  • Aggravated Manslaughter in the First Degree;
  • Rape in the First Degree;
  • Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree;
  • Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the First Degree;
  • Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree;
  • Assault in the First Degree;
  • Burglary in the First Degree;
  • Robbery in the First Degree;
  • Aggravated Assault Against a Police Officer;
  • Gang Assault in the First Degree; and
  • Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the First Degree.

This list is not exhaustive and includes many other violent felony offenses. Therefore, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you identify whether you may be subject to enhanced sentencing for violent felony offense charges.

As defined in § 70.04 of the New York Penal Law, a second violent felony offender is anyone who has previously been sentenced on a violent felony and is currently charged with a violent felony offense. Additionally, a persistent violent felony offender is defined under New York Penal Law § 70.08 as any person who has been charged with a violent felony offense or a predatory sexual assault of a child offense after having previously been convicted of two or more predicate violent felony convictions.


Queens Felony Offense Penalties

The general penalties for first-time, non-violent felony offenses are as follows:

  • Class E Felony - According to the New York Penal Law § 70.00, an individual convicted of a class E felony offense can face a maximum term of imprisonment of four (4) years.
  • Class D Felony - According to N.Y. Penal Law § 70.00, an individual convicted of a class D felony offense can face a maximum term of imprisonment of seven (7) years.
  • Class C Felony – Under New York Penal Law § 70.00, an individual convicted of a class C felony offense can face a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years.
  • Class B Felony - Under New York Penal Law § 70.00, an individual convicted of a class B felony offense can face a maximum term of imprisonment of 25 years.
  • Class A Felony - According to New York Penal Law § 70.00, an individual convicted of a class A felony offense can face a maximum term of life imprisonment.

Additionally, an individual convicted of a felony offense in New York may also be required to pay a fine not higher than $5,000 or not higher than double the amount of the defendant’s gain from the commission of the offense.

Although New York law classifies felony offenses in varying degrees, even the lowest level felony offense can result in severe punishment. Therefore, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in Queens to represent your best interests in all matters pertaining to your criminal case.


Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner | Queens Felony Offense Attorney

If you have been charged with any felony offense in New York City, including Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan, or in Nassau or Suffolk Counties, call the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner at 718-261-5600.

Rochelle S. Berliner is an experienced New York criminal defense attorney who is dedicated to fighting the allegations against you. Contact the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner today for a consultation about your alleged felony criminal offense.

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