Misdemeanor Crimes Attorney in Chicago
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Misdemeanor Classes and Penalties in Illinois
In the state of Illinois, there are three different types of misdemeanors, all of which carry distinct penalties:
- Class C: Punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail, a maximum fine of $1,500, or both. Examples include
- Class B: Punishable by a maximum of 180 days in jail, a maximum fine of $1,500, or both.
- Class A: Punishable by a maximum of 364 days in jail, a maximum fine of $2,500, or both.
In addition to fines and jail time (or perhaps as an alternative), misdemeanor convictions of any degree can sometimes include court supervision, probation, and conditional discharge involving community service or other similar remedies.
Other Consequences of Misdemeanor Convictions in Illinois
Being convicted of a misdemeanor may also have other adverse effects on your life, particularly your Second Amendment rights. Depending on the nature of your crime(s), you may no longer be eligible for concealed carry. (However, you may be able to retain your rights to own and carry a gun if you are convicted of a non-violent misdemeanor crime.)
A misdemeanor conviction may also bar you from employment in a bank or other financial institution. It can also make it challenging for you to work in a hospital or other medical context, including assisted living facilities. Depending on the nature of your crime, having a misdemeanor conviction on your permanent record could also place you at a disadvantage when applying for a variety of other positions.
There is also a great deal of stigma surrounding criminal convictions (even those that are relatively mild), and having a criminal record can affect your standing in social circles, decrease your credibility when applying for loans, and hurt your optics family legal matters.
Call (312) 236-7078 today to speak to a misdemeanor crimes lawyer in Chicago.