Criminal Defense

Misdemeanors

Misdemeanor offenses in Illinois are divided into three “classes,” A, B, and C. Class A misdemeanors are the most serious and carry the potential of up to 364 days in jail and a $2500 fine.  Types of Class A misdemeanors include:

  • Domestic battery
  • Battery (simple)
  • Retail theft
  • Theft
  • Resisting arrest
  • Possession of cannabis (10-30 grams)

Class B misdemeanors carry the potential of up to 180 days in jail and a $1500 fine.

  • Possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams)
  • Certain types of telephone harrassment

Class C misdemeanors carry a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $1500 fine. Types of Class C misdemeanors include:

  • Disorderly conduct (simple)
  • Possession of cannabis (less than 2.5 grams)
  • Simple assault

Misdemeanors can result in a permanent mark on one’s criminal background. Hiring an experienced Illinois misdemeanor criminal defense lawyer is essential in order to protect an individual from the serious consequences associated with a misdemeanor charge. Paul F. Serkland has litigated thousands of misdemeanor offenses as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. Call Paul F. Serkland, Attorney at Law, at (847) 263-3740 to discuss your misdemeanor case.

Felonies

Felony crimes are the most serious in nature and carry the possibility of long penitentiary sentences. The different types of felonies and their possible sentences include:

  • Class X: 6-30 years in the penitentiary
  • Class 1: 4-15 years in the penitentiary
  • Class 2: 3-7 years in the penitentiary
  • Class 3: 2-5 years in the penitentiary
  • Class 4: 1-3 years in the penitentiary

Furthermore, there are sentencing laws that make certain offenders “extendable,” which means the above sentencing ranges could be longer if an individual has a prior criminal background.  Illinois felony law is very complex, and an experienced criminal defense attorney is needed to protect from the very serious consequences an individual faces if convicted of a felony offense. Call Paul F. Serkland, Attorney at Law, at (847) 263-3740 to discuss your felony case.