If you are arrested for a criminal offense in Chicago or anywhere within the state of Illinois then, you are going to need a skilled criminal defense attorney. Every criminal offense is punishable by jail and can have a serious effect on your life.
The length of time you can be put in jail depends on the class of the offense that you are charged with. You can be charged with a felony offense such as possession of controlled substance or a misdemeanor offense such as retail theft or battery.
If you are charged with a misdemeanor offense, you can face up to a maximum of 364 days in jail and up to a $2,500.00 fine.
Misdemeanors are classified into three separate categories. There are Class A misdemeanors, Class B misdemeanors, and Class C misdemeanors. A class A misdemeanor is the most serious of the three classes with the longest possible jail time.
Here is a list of the Classes of misdemeanors with the possible punishments.
Class A misdemeanor – up to 364 days in Jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.00. Types of Class A Misdemeanors.
- Domestic Battery
- Leaving the Scene of an accident
- Driving Under The Influence of Alcohol
- Retail Theft
- Aggravated Speeding (35 mph +)
- Reckless Driving
- Reckless Conduct
- Driving on a Suspended/revoked license
- Resisting Arrest
- Unlawful use of a weapon
Class B misdemeanor – up to 180 days in Jail and a maximum fine of $1,500.00.
- Criminal Trespass to Land (CTTL)
- Telephone Harassment
- Possession of Cannabis
- Aggravated Speeding (26-34mph)
- Computer Tampering. 720 ILCS 5/16D-3
- Obstruction of Service of Process
- Window Peeking. 720 ILCS 5/26-1
Class C misdemeanor – up to 30 days in Jail and a maximum fine of $1,500.00.
- Disorderly conduct
- Possession of Cannabis
Remember that these are the maximum penalties for a misdemeanor offense. There are several other types of punishments that the judge can sentence you to if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor.
Punishments & penalties for a Misdemeanor in Illinois
Court Supervision – Court supervision is a period for which the Court defers judgment and does not convict you of the crime. As long as you successfully complete all the conditions of your supervision then the court will dismiss the case.
Conditional Discharge – Conditional discharge is a period where you are under the Courts watch for a period of time. Unlike probation, you do not need to report to a probation officer, however, if the judge sentences you to a conditional discharge, unlike supervision you will have a conviction on your record.
Probation – Probation is similar to conditional discharge because you are under the Court’s watch for the period of time that you are on probation. Unlike conditional discharge, you will need to report to a probation officer and likely be drug tested during your probation period. If the court sentences you to probation, then you will have a conviction on your record. It is important to remember that probation is an alternative to jail. If you violate your terms of probation you will most likely go to jail.
Types of Felony Charges in Illinois
If you are charged with a felony offense then you can be looking at some serious prison time depending on what you are charged with. There are several classes for felony offenses. Below is a list of the categories of felony offenses you can be charged within Illinois.
Class 4 Felony
A class 4 felony is punishable by 1 to 3 years in Prison.
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Retail theft
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Domestic battery
- Obstruction of justice
Class 3 Felony
A class 3 Felony is punishable by 2 to 5 years in prison.
- Aggravated battery
- Unlawful use of a weapon
- Class 2 Felony – A class 2 Felony is punishable by 3 to 7 years in prison
- Aggravated battery causing great bodily harm
Class 1 Felony
A Class 1 Felony is punishable by 4- 15 years in prison.
- Aggravated robbery
- Second-degree murder
- Vehicular hijacking
- Production of child pornography
Class X Felony
A Class X Felony is punishable by 6- 30 years in prison.
- Predatory criminal sexual assault
- Armed robbery
- Home invasion
- Child sex trafficking
- Attempted first-degree murder
Class M Felony
A class M felony is punishable by 20 years to life in prison.
Being charged with a misdemeanor or felony criminal offense is a very serious matter. Not only are you facing potential jail time, but your family and ability to work can be affected as well.
It is important to have an attorney on your side who not only cares about you but is very knowledgeable about criminal law and understands the process. At Ktenas Law we understand the difficult times you are going through and have dedicated our lives to help you through your problem.
Chicago Criminal Defense Attorneys are here to help you
As former prosecutors, we have spent years in the criminal courtrooms building the skills necessary to beat criminal cases and help people move forward with their lives.
We have had the opportunity to learn the laws, learn how the system works, and learn the tendencies of many prosecutors and judges all around Cook County.