If you are facing criminal charges in the Chicago area, the first step you must take is to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Hiring a lawyer provides you the opportunity to have an advocate who will provide an aggressive defense on your behalf, protecting your freedom and your future.
Chicago Misdemeanor Criminal Charges
Even what may seem like a minor crime could result in your spending upwards of a year in jail, facing a life-long criminal record and require you to pay fines of up to $2,500. Misdemeanor charges are broken out into classes which are:
- Class C Misdemeanor – includes assault and possession of less than 2.5 grams of marijuana. A conviction could result in fines of up to $1500 and jail time of up to 30 days.
- Class B Misdemeanor – if you are found in possession of between 2.5 and 10 grams of marijuana or you are found guilty of harassment, you could be facing up to six months in jail and $1500 in fines.
- Class A Misdemeanor – a conviction for possession of between 10 and 30 grams of marijuana, a DUI, possession of a firearm, battery or reckless driving could result in jail time of up to one year and a $2500 fine.
As you can see, even a simple possession charge that results in a conviction means you could lose you freedom for up to one year. We can also provide skilled representation for juveniles who are facing charges.
Chicago Felony Charges
Felony charges are far more serious and the consequences can be devastating. Like a misdemeanor charge, felonies are broken into classes with the most serious being murder charges which could mean life in prison. Class X charges include aggravated criminal sexual assault which can mean up to 30 years in the state penitentiary. The lowest class of felony is Class 4 which includes stalking and aggravated assault charges and you could be facing up to three years in the state penitentiary and up to $25,000 in fines.
If you are facing any misdemeanor or felony charges mentioned above or charges of assault, battery, burglary, drug crimes, murder, manslaughter, shoplifting, robbery or armed robbery or if you have been convicted and need help with a criminal appeal, expungement or having your records sealed, contact John DeLeon & Associates at 312-347-0024 and discuss your options. Your future depends on having an aggressive criminal defense attorney protecting your rights.