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Understanding Misdemeanor Classifications

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misdemeanor IMAGEIn Illinois, misdemeanors, like felonies, come in several classifications, depending on the type of crime committed. If you have committed several violations of the law, you may be charged with multiple misdemeanors. Regardless of the charges, you should seek experienced legal counsel capable of addressing the criminal charge or charges.

Misdemeanor Classifications

In order of most to least severe, the misdemeanor classifications in Illinois are: Class A, Class B, and Class C. Information relating to Class C misdemeanors can be found at 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-65, but generally the sentence for this charge is not more than 30 days. The resulting fines are up to $1500 for each offense, or the amount specified for the offense, depending on the larger amount. Class B misdemeanors are addressed at 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-60, and the sentence that a conviction carries is not more than six months. The resulting fine will not be greater than $1500 for each offense, or the amount specified for the offense, also depending on whichever is greater. Class A misdemeanors are the most severe. The provisions for Class A misdemeanors can be found at 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-55. The sentence of imprisonment will be less than one year. The fines are up to $2500 for each offense or the amount specified for the offense, whichever is greater.


Examples of a Class C misdemeanor include, but are not limited to, possession of small amounts (under 2.5 grams) of marijuana, simple assault, or disorderly conduct. Examples of Class B misdemeanors include possession of marijuana between 2.5 and 10 grams, harassment, criminal trespass to land, and disorderly conduct. Examples of Class A misdemeanors include, but are not limited to, driving under the influence (DUI), possession of between 10 and 30 grams of marijuana, and prostitution.

How Legal Counsel can Help

Regardless of the classification of misdemeanor with which you have been charged, there is the possibility that negotiations between the prosecutor, your counselor, and the judge, may offer an opportunity for you to avoid jail time. A plea deal might be reached so as to reduce the charges, or to allow for the individual charged with the crime to seek counseling or treatment. If you have misdemeanors on your record, your Illinois criminal defense lawyer can help you with expunging or sealing your record. Check back soon for more info on expunction and sealing misdemeanor records.

Legal Help

If you or someone you know has been arrested and/or charged with misdemeanor violations of the Illinois Criminal Code, an experienced criminal law attorney can assist you. The attorneys at Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C., have the experience you need.  To learn more, contact us at 630-472-9700 or go to the website for more information.
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