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Chicago Misdemeanor Charges
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Misdemeanors are punishable by a maximum sentence of up to 1 year in the county's department of corrections (jail). The maximum fine for misdemeanors is $2,500. This is in addition to any mandatory court costs. Additionally, all misdemeanors may include a probation period of up to 2 years.
Penalties for Misdemeanors in Illinois
Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to 1 year in jail. The maximum fine on most Class A misdemeanors is $2,500.
Class B misdemeanors are punishable by a maximum of 6 months in jail. The maximum fine on most Class B misdemeanors is $1,500.
Class C misdemeanors are punishable by a maximum of 1 month in jail. The maximum fine on most Class C misdemeanors is $1,500.
Why Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?
While it is possible for you to represent yourself in a misdemeanor case, the odds of successfully achieving a positive outcome are lessened. You may miss certain deadlines, court dates, or make statements that can be used against you. While misdemeanor charges do not caring penalties as severe as felony crimes, you are still face severe consequences.
With Hallock Law on your side, you can aggressively challenge the prosecutor and your misdemeanor charges. I am a skilled Chicago criminal defense attorney who has spent my career helping individuals who have either been wrongfully accused or upon whose rights have been infringed.
What You Should Do
- Be respectful.
- 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 is consensual.
- If you are free to leave, go! If you are not free to leave, do not answer and questions before speaking with your attorney.
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.