cuffed defendant meeting lawyerThis is the next post in my series on common issues and questions which arise in regard to Peoria, Illinois felony charges. My last article discussed how to proceed after receiving a Class “1” felony charge. It is important to remember that Illinois Class “1” felony charges can result in a minimum prison term of four years and a maximum of fifteen. Such charges are the second most serious kind and may even be eligible for an extended term. However, probation is a possible outcome depending on various factors and based on the judge’s discretion. In this article I will be discussing how to deal with a Class “X” felony charge. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.

Class “X” felony charges are Illinois’s most severe offenses and are not eligible for probation

Lower-level felonies (Classes “1” through “4”) are typically eligible for probation. Of course, whether probation can be awarded will always be the judge’s decision. Class “X” felony charges, however, are not eligible for probation due to the severity of the crimes. Instead, Class “X” felony convictions have a mandatory minimum prison sentence of six years and a maximum of thirty years. This is the case even if the defendant is a first-time offender with no criminal background. Unlike other lower-level felonies, this is not up to the judge’s discretion, rather a prison term of at least six years is required unless the prosecution agrees to lower the charges.

Some examples of Class “X” felony offenses include aggravated kidnapping, aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated arson, etc. Such crimes are incredibly dangerous so defending them can pose many challenges. Importantly, if you are offered a plea deal and choose not to accept, you run the risk of receiving the mandatory minimum sentence or more. The prosecution may also be very difficult to negotiate with because the State takes these types of crimes very seriously. This is why it is crucial to build a strong defense for a Class “X” felony charge. Judges are not likely to take these convictions lightly when a defendant is found guilty.

It is recommended that you consult with a Peoria attorney when you have been charged with committing a Class “X” felony

Due to their severity, Class “X” felony convictions typically cannot be sealed regardless of your criminal history. However, having a felony conviction on your record can lead to potential issues for your future. Consequences may include disqualification from employment, housing, and other matters that require a background check. It can also make it difficult to obtain a professional license or credentials and will prohibit you from possessing a firearm anywhere in the United States. Class “X” felonies are quite serious and typically violent. As a result of their status, they can pose even more difficulties in your personal life.

The only real way to ensure you get the shortest prison time possible is to build a strong defense. It is crucial that you do not handle this kind of situation on your own and that you retain an experienced attorney to assist you. If you or a family member have been charged with a crime then contact my office today to speak with a Peoria criminal defense lawyer. I am a former prosecutor who devotes his practice to protecting the rights of the accused. I understand that your current situation can have a serious impact on your future and my office will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone today. We look forward to speaking with you. My office also represents clients in Bloomington, Decatur, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. We also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.