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Misdemeanor Charges in Illinois

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A misdemeanor is a lesser offense than a felony, but it can still have serious consequences for the accused. In Illinois, misdemeanors are punishable by up to 1 year in county jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Some examples of misdemeanors include: DUI, simple assault, domestic violence, prostitution, and unlawful firearm possession.

When a misdemeanor charge threatens your freedom, Schierer & Ritchie, LLC is there to protect your rights. We have been serving the citizens of Illinois for over 15 years and have over 30 years of collective legal experience. Our Peoria criminal lawyers use this experience to help our clients during the most challenging times of their lives, and we do so while providing the compassionate support and individual attention they deserve.

To find out how we can help with your misdemeanor charges, give us a call at (309) 518-1007. Your initial consultation is free.

Penalties for Misdemeanors

Illinois statutes classify misdemeanors into three categories: Class A, Class B, and Class C. The classification of a misdemeanor will determine what penalties may be imposed if a defendant is convicted. A judge may increase or decrease a sentence, however, based on aggravating or mitigating factors – unless a mandatory minimum sentence is required for that type of crime.

The following penalties may be imposed for misdemeanor convictions in Illinois:

  • Class A Misdemeanor
    • Up to 1 year in jail
    • Up to 2 years of probation
    • Fine of up to $2,500
  • Class B Misdemeanor
    • Up to 6 months in jail
    • Up to 2 years of probation
    • Fine of up to $1,500
  • Class C Misdemeanor
    • Up to 30 days in jail
    • Up to 2 years of probation
    • Fine of up to $1,500

It is important to note that all misdemeanor offenses in Illinois are subject to an 18-month statute of limitations. This means that a person may not be charged with a misdemeanor offense more than 18 months after the crime was allegedly committed.

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