A definite sentence is for a flat one number length of time but must be for one year or less. Criminal lawyers buffalo ny should know, under Penal Law 70.00(4), definite sentences may be imposed for misdemeanors and are frequently known as misdemeanor sentences but they can also be imposed for felonies. In particular, determinate sentences are imposed for violent felony offenses and, pursuant to New York’s drug law amendment, they are also imposed for drug offenses.
Under New York’s Penal Law 70.30.4 (b), a prisoner may earn good tie credit for up to 1/3 of the term. While most definite sentences are served at one continuous time, under New York’s Penal Law 85, it is also possible to serve a definite sentence as an intermittent (often imposed as a “weekend”) sentence.