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Non-Violent Crimes

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Don’t Take These Charges Lightly

An experienced Manhattan criminal defense attorney is critical any time you are accused of a crime in New York City or the five boroughs. This is true irrespective of what the crime is classified as. The biggest distinction within the New York Penal Code is whether the particular crime charged is a misdemeanor or whether it is a felony.

A misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable by no more than one year in jail, whereas a felony is a crime punishable by more than one year in jail. The next biggest distinction is whether the crime is considered a "violent" crime or a "non-violent" crime. The application of whether a crime is violent or non-violent legally only matters within the context of felonies.

A non-violent felony is a serious charge. Call (212) 577-9328 to arrange a free consultation at the Law Office of John Buza, PC and start strategizing your defense.

An Overview of “Violent” & “NonViolent” Charges

The designation of whether a crime is "violent" has little to do with the circumstances of the case itself and has more to do with whether the New York legislature classified the particular charge as a violent one or not. For example, Robbery in the First and Second Degree are considered "violent," whereas Robbery in the Third Degree is considered "non-violent." So, anytime a person is charged with Robbery in the First or Second Degree, that person is charged with a "violent" crime regardless of the specific facts or allegations. Conversely, any time a person is charged with Robbery in the Third Degree, that person is not charged with a violent crime.

The significance of whether a person is charged with a violent crime occurs after the person has already been convicted of the crime. To put it in its most basic form, violent crimes have the potential to carry stiffer penalties than other crimes. However, any criminal conviction, whether "violent" or "non-violent," is serious and the ramifications to the person's life are immense.

Enlist an Experienced NY Criminal Defense Attorney Today

Below is a list of crimes, both misdemeanors and felonies, that don't neatly fall into categories like "drug crimes," or "white-collar crimes." If you have been charged with any of the following, contact our skilled Manhattan non-violent criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Our goal is to defend your rights and freedom.

We offer free consultations so you can learn more about us and what we can do for your case. Contact us today.


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