All Felonies range in classification from 'A' to 'E' with the 'A' crimes as the
most serious. The following felony class chart is a general sentence classification
it does not account for prior criminal history. One with prior felony convictions
are treated with an increased minimum and maximum sentence.
|'A' Violent Felony
||Life, 20-25 years
|'B' Violent Felony
|| 5-25 years
|'B' Non Violent Felony
||1-3, Max 25 years
|'C' Violent Felony
||3 1/2 to 15 years
|'C' Non Violent Felony
||No Jail, Probation, 1-2 years to 15 years
|'D' Violent Felony
|'D' Non Violent Felony
||No Jail, Probation, 1-3 to 7 years
|'E' Violent Felony
||No Jail, Probation, 1 1/2 to 4 years
|'E' Non Violent Felony
||No Jail, Probation, 1 1/3 to 4 years
This is general information only and should be considered a ROUGH GUIDE.
*** READERS SHOULD CONSULT WITH A QUALIFIED ATTORNEY. ***
Refer to NYS Penal Law Article 70 - Sentences of Imprisonment
Many factors are involved in sentencing. Such as Prior Convictions,
Non-Violent Predicate, Violent Predicate, Persistent Felony Offender,
Juvenile Offender, Youthful Offender and many others. Drug offenses
are subject to punishments that may not be reflected in this basic
- Prior Convictions - If a person has no prior felony convictions or no felony convictions within the last ten years.
- Non-Violent Predicate - A person has a previous non-violent felony conviction within the last ten years.
- Violent Predicate - A person has a previous violent felony conviction within the last ten years.
- Persistent Felony Offender - If a person has two or more previous felony convictions then he/she may be considered a persistent felony offender and may be sentenced to life in prison.