hands sticking through jail barsThis is the first post in a series of articles that will address handling Class “B” misdemeanor charges in Peoria, Illinois. My upcoming series will expand on the various offenses that fall into this category as well as other potential penalties and considerations. Class “B” misdemeanors carry the potential for jail time and should be taken seriously. The goal of this series is to provide information to help people better understand their situation if they are facing these types of charges. It is important that you immediately contact counsel due to the fact that charges, even though not as severe as a felony, carry serious consequences. Retaining an experienced attorney can help you navigate the process and ensure that your rights remain protected. If you or a family member are in need of assistance, then contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.

I will be addressing a number of topics over the coming articles. Issues which I will discuss include:

  • Whether one can go to jail for a first-offense
  • Addressing the question of “what is a Class B misdemeanor in Illinois?”
  • Common examples of Class “B” misdemeanors in Illinois
  • Possible defenses in such cases
  • The need to retain an attorney to assist you

I will be addressing each of these topics for a number of reasons. First, if you are convicted of a Class “B” misdemeanor in Illinois you can be sentenced up to six months in jail. Second, you should know the types of misdemeanors which fall into the Class “B” classification in our state. Furthermore, understanding examples of Class “B” misdemeanors, as well as the potential defenses against these types of charges is important. Finally, it is crucial to retain an attorney as soon as you are arrested with a Class “B” misdemeanor. Any type of criminal charge is serious and can carry lifelong consequences.

In each article I will make an important point by stressing that you should contact an attorney as soon as possible if you or a family member have been charged with a crime. The sooner that you retain qualified legal counsel then the sooner they may begin building a defense on your behalf. This may include visiting the scene of the offense, interviewing witnesses, reviewing discovery, filing any necessary Motions, meeting with experts and more. These are just a few examples of how hiring an attorney can help ensure that your legal rights remain protected.

Contact my office online or by telephone today to speak with a Peoria, Illinois misdemeanor defense lawyer. I am familiar with our local court system due to my experience as a former prosecutor. I devote my practice to defending the rights of the accused and look forward to assisting you. I also serve the cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. I serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Shuyler, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.