New York Classifications of Felonies and Misdemeanors #Felonies #Misdemeanors

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If you’ve been charged with a crime, it is important to understand the classification of the charge. If convicted, sentencing will be determined by a number of factors, but the first consideration for any Court in sentencing is the classification of the criminal charge and the sentencing permitted under that charge.

Under New York State Penal Law, felonies and misdemeanors are classified as follows.

§ 55.05 Classifications of felonies and misdemeanors.

1. Felonies. Felonies are classified, for the purpose of sentence, into five categories as follows:

(a) Class A felonies;

(b) Class B felonies;

(c) Class C felonies;

(d) Class D felonies; and

(e) Class E felonies.

Class A felonies are sub-classified, for the purpose of sentence, into two categories as follows: subclass I and subclass II, to be known as class A-I and class A-II felonies, respectively.

2. Misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are classified, for the purpose of sentence, into three categories as follows:

(a) Class A misdemeanors;

(b) Class B misdemeanors; and

(c) Unclassified misdemeanors.

See MTR. OF ROGERS v. Leff, 45 A.D.2d 630, 360 N.Y.S.2d 652 (App. Div. 1974); People v. Lunsford, 81 Misc. 2d 985 (N.Y. County Ct. 1975).

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