Felony Defense Lawyers in Westchester County
Serious Defense for Serious Charges
Are you currently under investigation or have you been arrested for a felony charge in White Plains, NYC, Westchester or a surrounding area?
If YES, it is crucial that you take action by hiring an experienced and resourceful White Plains felony defense lawyer. At Riebling & Payton, PLLC, we are dedicated to keeping you out of prison and helping you navigate the legal system as smoothly as possible. We do not want you to feel alone during this difficult time. Get 5 decades of combined experience on your side at this critical time. Call our offices today at (914) 712-6878.
When you are charged with a crime, you are generally charged with one of two types of crimes: A misdemeanor or a felony. Felonies are more serious type of crime and a conviction can lead to prison time and a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life.
If you were recently charged with a felony, it is important that you seek representation from a lawyer with experience that you can trust. Our Westchester County criminal defense attorneys have successfully defended numerous felony cases in their near 50 years of combined practice. They have the experience to help you protect your rights and your freedom. We travel throughout Westchester and New York City for our clients.
Compassionate Representation & Aggressive Case Strategies
Felonies encompass a variety of charges, and we know that a one-size-fits-all approach is not going to help you with your case. In fact, at Riebling & Payton, PLLC, our Westchester County felony defense attorneys Marcia Payton and Stephen Riebling employ a team approach that has resulted in successful outcomes for their clients. Marcia Payton was once on the other side of the courtroom as a New York City narcotics prosecutor and Stephen Riebling has been one of the preeminent trial defense attorneys in Westchester County for decades. By virtue of their unique backgrounds and perspectives, our firm is better able to help you understand what prosecutors are thinking, what you can expect throughout the process, what your best defenses are, and what your options are in your best interests.
If you are charged with a felony offense, you should not take your situation lightly. Depending on the nature of your offense, you could be facing time in jail or prison, in addition to a variety of other criminal and civil penalties. We defend against a wide range of felony offenses, including:
- Grand theft
- Vehicular manslaughter
- Domestic violence
- Armed robbery
- Sex crimes
- Felony DWI
- Weapons offenses
- Violent crimes
- Fraud crimes
- White collar crimes
- Drug crimes
Don’t wait to get advice from a lawyer until it is too late. It is important that when you are arrested or being questioned that you do not talk to law enforcement without a lawyer present. Prosecutors can and may use everything you say against you to build their case, even if you are innocent. Our attorneys are personally dedicated to helping you through your felony charge.
Set up your free case evaluation today by calling Riebling & Payton, PLLC at (914) 712-6878. We’ll make sure that you are taken care of during your felony case.
UNDERSTANDING THE CLASSIFICATIONS OF NEW YORK FELONY CRIMES
New York felonies fall into five general categories (A-I & II, B, C, D, and E).
Referred to as “non-violent” felonies – are the lowest such charge in New York. Though serious, extreme punishment does not accompany Class E felonies. For example, a DWI or DUI is charged as an E felony when you have one prior DWI conviction within the last 10 years. Others include grand larceny (theft) in the fourth degree, assault in the second-degree, criminal possession of a firearm, and vehicular assault in the second degree. A Class E felony can carry incarceration of up to four years.
These felonies are a bit more serious; however, most Class D felonies are still considered non-violent offenses. D felonies include grand larceny in the third-degree, certain frauds, robbery in the third-degree and burglary in the third-degree. A Class D felony can carry up to seven years in prison per offense. Often, more serious violent felonies can be reduced to a D non-violent felony.
This classification of felonies can include more serious assaults, frauds, and violent thefts, robbery, and distribution of some types of drugs. Conviction of a Class C felony can carry high fines and a prison sentence of up to 15 years. Many C felonies are considered violent, which enhances the possible sentence.
Class B felonies are very serious. They include homicide, armed robbery, many serious sex-related offenses and several drug distribution and trafficking charges. Sentences vary, depending on the charge, but Class B felony prison sentences can be as high as 25 years. Lower (Class D or C) felonies can become Class B charges if a violent assault was also committed.
Class A felonies (both A-I and A-II) are the worst crimes under New York Penal Law. They include all forms of murder, enterprise corruption, major drug trafficking, and serious forms of sexual predation. Since the death penalty was abolished in 2007, a Class A felony can carry up to a life sentence, often without any possibility of parole.
We aggressively pursue reduction of charges or complete dismissal in every felony case we handle. If you or a loved one has been accused, charged or arrested for any felony, Riebling & Payton, PLLC is prepared to help. Arrange a consultation today by contacting us online or calling us at (914) 712-6878.
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