Illinois Misdemeanor Charges

Posted on in Felonies & Misdemeanors

Most people are aware that being charged with a misdemeanor is a bad thing, but not everyone is aware of what sorts of offenses fall under the category of a misdemeanor, or what the different types of misdemeanors are. In order to be fully aware of your rights and avoid facing legal trouble throughout your life, it is very important that you are informed as to what the different classifications of Illinois misdemeanors are and what kind of consequences they can lead to.

Illinois Misdemeanor Charges "Class A" Misdemeanor

Offenses under this category are generally referred to as the most serious types of misdemeanors. If you are charged with one of these, you could face up to 364 days in jail as well as a fine of up to $2500. It is also true, depending on the offense, that your sentence could include the requirement of things like probation, substance-abuse treatment, or community service work.

What sorts of offenses fall under the "Class A" category? These can include (but are not limited to) possession of drug paraphernalia, battery, theft, driving under the influence, or possession of firearms.

"Class B" Misdemeanor

These offenses can result in up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1500. Charges that can result in these consequences can include possession of marijuana (between 2.5 and 10 grams) and some forms of harassment.

"Class C" Misdemeanor

These are the least serious of Illinois misdemeanors. If you are charged with a Class C Misdemeanor, you could potentially face up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $1500. Some offenses that could lead to a Class C Misdemeanor are possession of up to 2.5 grams of marijuana and assault.

Being informed as to what qualifies as an Illinois misdemeanor and potential consequences is beneficial, but sometimes things happen anyway. If you or someone you know has been charged with any type of Illinois misdemeanor, you do not have to deal with it alone. Contact an experienced Illinois criminal attorney to defend your case.