When you are accused of a crime, you need a strong defense attorney on your side to help you defend your rights and your reputation. The Kurtz Law Office has more than three decades of experience in trial practice, and we can help you minimize your chances of conviction.
About Criminal Charges in New York
The state of New York divides criminal charges into two primary categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are the least serious offenses, while felonies are the most serious.
New York recognizes two classes of misdemeanors. Class A misdemeanors are the most serious, with a possible sentence of up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Class B misdemeanors carry a possible sentence of up to three months in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.
New York recognizes five classes of felonies ranging from A to E, with Class A felony charges being the most serious and Class E felony charges being the least serious.
- A Class A felony conviction carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000.
- A Class B felony conviction carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a maximum fine of $30,000.
- A Class C felony conviction carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.
- A Class D felony conviction carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
- A Class E felony conviction carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.
Hiring an Attorney
If you have been accused of a crime, you are not required to hire an attorney. However, because the stakes are so high, seeking counsel from a qualified lawyer is highly recommended.
Here at Kurtz Law Office, we have more than 35 years of experience with criminal defense cases. We handle all types of criminal offenses, including white collar crime, domestic violence, drug and alcohol offenses, assault and homicide. When we prepare a case, our first priority is defending our client at trial, not looking for the quickest and easiest plea deal. We see all plea deals as agreements, rather than a manifestation of the prosecutor’s mercy. If you have a valid defense, we can and will present it in court to get you the best result possible. If you are facing criminal charges in New York, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.