If you are accused of a crime, your best option may be to contact a Rochester criminal lawyer from Tully Rinckey PLLC for advice on your best options. With strong legal representation from our firm on your side, you could rest assured that your case is being handled by unshakeable advocates with experience in every aspect of criminal law in the State of New York.

Common Crimes in Rochester

Crimes commonly charged in Rochester range from traffic violations like speeding or Driving While Intoxicated to major felonies involving the transport and distribution of illegal drugs. In addition to helping with these sorts of cases, one of our Rochester criminal attorneys could also represent you in the face of probation violations, as well as for violations of New York’s strict gun regulations.

However, just because certain criminal charges are not common does not mean that we would not be able to help. Our legal team could also provide knowledgeable representation for sex crime charges, white collar crimes, juvenile offenses, and more.

What is the Difference Between and Misdemeanor and a Felony?

Excepting very minor infractions such as speeding tickets, the State of New York classifies all crimes codified in New York Penal Law as either misdemeanors or felonies. This categorization reflects the intensity of the crimes, with misdemeanor charges being less serious than felony charges.

Misdemeanors come in two classes: Class A and Class B. Convictions for Class A misdemeanors may carry a penalty of up to one full year in jail, while Class B misdemeanors are considered less severe and only have a maximum jail time penalty of 90 days.

Felonies, on the other hand, have six classification levels, ranging from E up to A-II and A-I in order of severity. Regardless of their specific class, all felonies in Rochester carry a potential penalty of more than one year spent in prison. In fact, certain felonies can result in up to twenty-five years behind bars, or even life in prison for violent Class A felonies.

Aggravating Factors in Crimes

Crimes can be “aggravated” or bumped up in intensity for a number of different reasons. Each individual crime typically has its own specific circumstances that may cause the judge or prosecution to elevate the potential penalties, but there are some general rules that Rochester courts follow.

If a crime was allegedly committed with a weapon, the presence of the weapon often increases the potential penalty and may result in bumping the charge up from a misdemeanor to a felony. Similarly, a prior criminal history may upgrade charges from misdemeanors to felonies. A death or serious injury occurring as a result of the alleged crime can also be an aggravating factor.

Contacting a Rochester Criminal Lawyer

No matter what sort of crime you are charged with, retaining experienced legal counsel may be of the utmost importance. Lack of knowledge about the legal system can very often result in unfavorable outcomes to a court case, so having a seasoned Rochester criminal lawyer on your side could help you navigate the complexities of the legal system while bolstering your case.

The legal warriors at Tully Rinckey PLLC could work to get inadmissible evidence tossed out of court, explore the possibility of negotiating with the prosecution for a lesser charge, and may be able to get your case dropped entirely. To schedule an initial consultation, give us a call today at (585) 326-5132 or email us at info@tullylegal.com.

Manning & Napier Tour de Cure Race

We are looking forward to participating in this year’s Manning & Napier Tour de Cure on Saturday, June 9th. This bike, running, and walking race benefits the Rochester American Diabetes Association in their fight against diabetes and its burdens. With courses ranging from 100 miles to 3.5 miles, it’s sure to be a fun way for the whole family to enjoy a late-spring morning. For more information on the event and how to register click here.

The Military Service Scholarship

College students who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for The Military Service Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship will award one deserving student for their personal essay discussing how military service impacted their life. If you or a loved one currently serve or served in the armed forces, we want to hear how military service shaped your life in a positive manner. Please visit our scholarship page for more information.

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Tully Rinckey is a full-service law firm. We handle legal issues relating to appellate law, litigation, bankruptcy, international and U.S.-based business law, family and matrimonial law, military and federal employment law, intellectual property law, and much more. We also offer a variety of services, including estate planning, security clearance representation, and congressional investigations. Regardless of your legal needs, we have the experienced counsel you need.

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Tully Rinckey PLLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned law firm founded by military veterans Mathew B. Tully and Greg T. Rinckey, and now employs attorneys who are veterans of the Armed Forces. The military ranks and roles of our attorneys range from a Brigadier General, former Judge Advocates of all Officer ranks, and attorneys who have served as enlisted and Non-Commissioned Officers. The principles of the U.S. military carry over into how we operate our firm. These include leadership, character, technical and tactical proficiency, strong communication skills, seeking and taking responsibility, understanding assignments, choosing the right people for the job, and teamwork.

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