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Punishments for Misdemeanors in Illinois

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The state of Illinois lists three classes of misdemeanors, lesser crimes that carry a lighter sentence than felonies do.  While the exact sentence varies according to the facts of a case, the Criminal Code makes general distinctions between the three classes of misdemeanors.  Anyone facing a misdemeanor charge should consult with an experienced lawyer before appearing before a court.

Class C Misdemeanor:

The lowest class of misdemeanors are the Class C.  An individual charged with a Class C crime faces up to 30 days in jail and/ or up to a $1,500 fine.  The most common Class C offenses are assault, disorderly conduct or possession of less than 2.5 grams of marijuana.

Class B Misdemeanor:

Moving up the scale are Class B misdemeanors.  If convicted of a Class B offense, a person faces up to six months in jail and/ or a $1,500 fine.  Examples of Class B misdemeanors are harassment by phone, trespassing, and  possession of 2.5-10 grams of marijuana.

Class A Misdemeanor:

The most serious classification of Misdemeanors are the Class A offenses.  If convicted of a Class A crime, an individual faces up to a year in jail and/ or up to $2,5000 in fines.  Typical Class A misdemeanors include Driving under the Influence, possession of 10-30 grams of marijuana, reckless driving and possession of firearms.

Although misdemeanor charges are “less than” those of a felony, if you are charged with a misdemeanor you face jail time and fines as a result of being convicted of one.  And misdemeanors are criminal charges, which will stay on your record regardless of their degree.  Your best bet is to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if you or someone you love has been charged with a misdemeanor.

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