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Understanding Felony Charges

Felonies are punishable by a sentence of at least 1 year in the Illinois Department of Corrections (prison). The ranges listed below are a starting point, but they may be increased depending on the circumstances. For example, the judge can impose an "extended-term" prison sentence where the defendant was convicted of the same or greater class of felony within the past 10 years.

Most felonies in Illinois allow fines of up to $25,000. This is in addition to the mandatory court costs. Drug-related felonies allow for much greater fines, however. Don't risk your future; hire an experienced Chicago criminal defense lawyer immediately if you are facing felony charges!

Types of Felonies in Illinois

  • Class 4 felonies are punishable by 1-3 years in prison and a 1-year mandatory supervised release period. A probation period of up to 2.5 years is available for most class 4 felonies. If an extended term sentence applies, the possible term of imprisonment ranges from 3-6 years.
  • Class 3 felonies are punishable by 2-5 years in prison and a 1-year mandatory supervised release period. A probation period of up to 2.5 years is allowed for most Class 3 felonies. If an extended term sentence applies, the possible term of imprisonment ranges from 5-10 years.
  • Class 2 felonies are punishable by 3-7 years in prison and a 2-year mandatory supervised release period. A probation period of up to 4 years is allowed for some Class 2 felonies. If an extended term sentence applies, the possible term of imprisonment ranges from 7-14 years.
  • Class 1 felonies are punishable by 4-15 years in prison and a 2-year mandatory supervised release period. A probation period of up to 4 years is allowed for some Class 1 felonies. If an extended term sentence applies, the possible term of imprisonment ranges from 15-30 years.
  • Class X felonies are punishable by 6-30 years in prison and a 3-year mandatory supervised release period. Probation is not allowed for Class X felonies. If an extended term sentence applies, the possible term of imprisonment ranges from 30-60 years.
  • First degree murder is punishable by 20-60 years in prison, or up to life without mandatory supervised release (formerly known as parole). If applicable, the mandatory supervised release period is 3 years.

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My firm is dedicated to defending your rights as you deal with serious felony charges in Chicago. I have spent my career compassionately guiding accused individuals through the criminal process. I work hard for my clients because I know what they are enduring. These are real people with real problems requiring serious help.

I tailor my defense to fit your individual needs, gathering the necessary evidence to help increase your chances at reduced charges or a complete case dismissal. Retain my firm today. You deserve a second chance; allow me to help you secure it.

Contact Hallock Law if you need a skilled and committed felony defense attorney in Chicago. Schedule your free consultation at (888) 412-3741.

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HOW TO PROPERLY EXERCISE YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

What You Should Do

  • Be respectful at all times.
  • Calmly record the interaction.
  • Ask if you are free to leave. If you do not ask, the officer may think—and the judge may agree—that the interaction was consensual.
  • If you are free to leave, go! If you are not free to leave, respectfully but firmly ask to speak with your lawyer.

What You Should Not Do

  • Do not physically resist arrest.
  • Do not become aggressive or confrontational.
  • Do not consent to a search. The Constitution does not apply if you consent.
  • Do not answer questions without first speaking with your attorney. Police are allowed to hold you for 48 hours and they may lie to you the entire time.

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