If you are arrested and charged with a felony you’ll need the legal representation of an experienced defense attorney to represent you in court.

The lawyers and staff at the Manhattan Law Firm of Emdin & Russell, LLP have extensive experience in providing strong felony counsel on behalf of our clients. We examine every aspect of the case which includes, but is not limited to, interviewing all who can offer insight and/or testimony that will benefit our clients’ case or serve as a disadvantage. Our “Leave no stone unturned” approach provide a complete view of not only the crime the client is accused of but also of all the underlying facts and circumstances that rise to the case. Our clients know that they not only have the best defense possible but that they are part of the team that is working towards the same common goal.  The education of our clients is of the utmost importance because it helps determine how best to proceed in the unfortunate circumstances. Our goal is to ensure that our clients not only get their day in court but that the best possible outcome is reached.

In the hierarchy of criminal acts, those defined as felonies are among the worst that can be committed. Common wisdom is that, those who commit these crimes are believed to show indifference to their fellow citizens and disrespect for the laws we all are expected to abide by, however, (COULD NOT READ THE REST)

Unlike the lesser but more prevalent misdemeanor, a felony is defined as a crime that is punishable by incarceration in a state or federal penitentiary due to the seriousness of the crime. According to statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2014 saw an estimated 1,165,383 violent crimes and an estimated 8,277,829 property crimes that would be classified as felonies reported.


Like misdemeanors, there are a variety of categories of felonies with specific sentencing guidelines for each. The categories and their potential State sentences are:

  • Class A Violent Felony – 20-25 years or Life
  • Class B Violent Felony – 5-25 years
  • Class B Non-Violent Felony – 1-3 years with a maximum of 25 years
  • Class C Violent Felony – 3 ½-15 years
  • Class C Non-Violent Felony – No Jail, Probation or 1-2 to 15 years
  • Class D Violent Felony – 2-7 years
  • Class D Non-Violent Felony – No Jail, Probation or 1-3 to 7 years
  • Class E Violent Felony – No Jail, Probation, 1 ½-4 years
  • Class E Non-Violent Felony – No Jail, Probation, 1 1/3-4 years

The United States Sentencing Guidelines governs the sentence of the accused in a Federal prosecution. If prosecuted in Federal court your sentence is determined by 2 factors:

  1. Criminal History Points-(Prior Convictions) and
  2. Offense Level-(Crime Accused/Committed)

The above factors establish your Criminal History Category which translates to a term of incarceration.

Thus, having an experienced and competent defense team is vital to winning an acquittal or articulating to the court why a specific “Sentence is sufficient but not greater than necessary” given our clients’ particular circumstances.

Stat Source – https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2015/september/latest-crime-stats-released/latest-crime-stats-released

Federal Source-United State Sentencing Guidelines (USSG) 2016