Misdemeanor crimes can be extremely serious—and so can their consequences.
What is a Misdemeanor in Illinois?
Many people think that misdemeanors are minor, trivial cases.
However, a misdemeanor offense can have permanent effects on your future… and it could end up jeopardizing your job prospects, hurting your ability to get a loan, or even interfere with you finding a place to live.
Categories of Misdemeanors in Illinois
Misdemeanors are classified into three categories: A, B, and C.
Class A Misdemeanors
Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to 1 year in the county jail and a $2,500 fine. Some Class A misdemeanors include:
- Possession of cannabis
- Driving on a suspended license
- Theft and retail theft
- Resisting arrest
- Soliciting a prostitute
- Domestic battery
Class B Misdemeanors
Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to 180 days (6 months) in the county jail and a $1,500 fine. Some Class B misdemeanors include:
Class C Misdemeanors
Class C misdemeanors are punishable by up to 30 days in the county jail and a $1,500 fine. Some examples of Class C misdemeanors include:
How a Chicago Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer Could Help You
Most people who are facing misdemeanor charges find that it’s best to get in touch with a Chicago criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible (we serve Skokie, Schaumburg and Rolling Meadows, as well).
It’s important that you get in touch with a Chicago misdemeanor defense attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you call, the sooner we can begin creating a legal strategy that gets you the best possible outcome.
Our office is devoted to the practice of criminal defense, but we may also be able to help you expunge the charges from your record so that your arrest won’t affect your future prospects.
Call us at 847-920-4540 so we can help you. We’ll be happy to give you a completely free misdemeanor case review and give you case-specific legal advice that keeps you on the right path.
Don’t wait—call now.