misdemeanor paperworkThis is the first post in a series of articles that will address defending Class “C” misdemeanor charges in Peoria, Illinois.  My upcoming series will expand on the various offenses that fall within this category as well as potential penalties and considerations. Class “C” misdemeanors carry the potential for jail time and should be taken seriously. The goal of this series is to provide information that will help people better understand their situation if they face such charges. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist you in retaining an attorney. If you or a family member are in need of assistance, then contact my office today to speak with a Peoria criminal defense lawyer.

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

  • Can one go to jail for a first-offense Class “C” misdemeanor?
  • The potential penalties for a Class “C” offense
  • Sealing a Class “C” offense from one’s Illinois criminal record

I will be addressing each of these topics for a number of reasons. First, if you are convicted of a Class “C” misdemeanor in Illinois you can be sentenced up to thirty days in jail. Second, in addition to jail time, you could be required to pay a fine up to $1,500. Offenses in this classification constitute a crime and will remain on your criminal record. A criminal record can affect employability and ability to easily obtain adequate housing. Third, I will address the possibility of sealing a Class “C” offense. Sealing will allow your criminal record to be protected from public record and require a court order to be provided to a requesting party. A sealed record will not be revealed on a background check or able to be identified on public court records.

It is crucial to retain an attorney as soon as you are arrested with a Class “C” misdemeanor. Any type of criminal charge is serious and can carry lifelong consequences. 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.