misdemeanor neon signThis article is being written to conclude and recap my series on the issues of defending Class “C” misdemeanor charges in Illinois. I felt it was necessary to write on this topic because this type of offense carries the potential for jail time and should be taken seriously. Many people do not know or appreciate the serious nature of such 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. The goal of my recent articles has been to provide information which will assist in the selection of a criminal defense attorney to help navigate this process. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

I addressed multiple topics over my recent issues. Issues which I analyzed include:

There are several reasons why I chose to address these topics. First, a conviction for a Class “C” misdemeanor in Illinois carries a potential jail sentence of up to thirty days. Second, you could be required to pay a fine up to $1,500 in addition to jail time. This type of classification of offense will remain on your criminal record which may affect your future ability to get a job or secure housing. Third, you have the possibility of sealing a Class “C” misdemeanor conviction in Illinois. Sealing a criminal history in Illinois makes the record confidential and will not show up when a background check is conducted. It is important to know that every situation is fact specific and you should always retain an attorney to assist you as soon as you are arrested.

In each article I made the 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 understand that this is an important time in your life and my office will give your case the attention it deserves. In addition to Peoria, 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.