Chicago Misdemeanor Lawyer
In Illinois a Misdemeanor is a criminal offense that although does not carry a penitentiary sentence, does have serious repercussions. A person convicted of a Misdemeanor can be sentenced up to 365 day in the County Jail. If convicted of a Misdemeanor it would become part of your permanent criminal history and can be used in the future to upgrade misdemeanor arrests into felony charges. A Chicago misdemeanor lawyer can inform you of your rights if you are facing charges in Illinois.
Penalties for Misdemeanor Crimes in Illinois
The state of Illinois designates misdemeanor crimes into three classes: Class A, B or C. Class C misdemeanors are the least serious, and Class A are the most.
Class C Misdemeanors
A class C misdemeanor is punishable by up to 30 days in jail, up to two years of probation, and a fine of up to $1,500. (730 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/5-4.5-65.)
Class B Misdemeanors
A conviction for a class B misdemeanor can result in a sentence of up to six months in jail, up to two years of probation, and a fine of up to $1,500. (730 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/5-4.5-60.)
Class A Misdemeanors
A class A misdemeanor in Illinois is punishable by up to one year in jail, up to two years of probation, and a fine of up to $2,500. (730 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/5-4.5-55.)
Can Misdemeanors be Expunged in Illinois?
In certain circumstances a misdemeanor arrest can be expunged (erased) if either there is a dismissal of the charges, a finding of not guilty or a sentence of Court Supervision. Colleges and potential employers conduct background checks, and a criminal record can impact your ability to go to school and get a job. Therefore, it is extremely beneficial to have a criminal record expunged if you are eligible.
Experienced Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer in Chicago
If you or a loved one has been charged with a Misdemeanor, don’t treat it lightly, you need experienced legal representation. Michael A. Johnson has successfully represented thousands of clients charged with Misdemeanors in Chicago. Contact my law office today at 312-222-0660.