man holding jail bars against dark backgroundThis is my next post in my series on handling Class “B” misdemeanor charges in Peoria and other Illinois areas. My last article addressed the question of “what is a Class ‘B’ misdemeanor?” 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 including possible jail time. You may also be facing a permanent criminal record if convicted. This can impact one’s future employment, housing prospects, and other opportunities. Retaining an experienced attorney can help you navigate the process and ensure that your rights remain protected. In this article I will address the different examples of crimes which fall into this offense classification. If you are in need of assistance, then contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.

Illinois classifies many types of conduct as Class “B” misdemeanors

There are several types of conduct that constitute a Class “B” misdemeanor in the state of Illinois. Examples of such conduct include, but are not limited to, criminal trespass to land, computer tampering, aggravated speeding, telephonic harassment, and more. It is important to understand that one can face long-lasting consequences if convicted are the same as other misdemeanor or felony convictions. You should also understand that all types of criminal charges and penalties can be paired or stacked with other misdemeanor or felony charges. An attorney will help you navigate the criminal charges and ensure that your rights are protected.

Suppose, for example, a person begins stalking their next-door neighbor. They start entering their neighbor’s backyard at night and submit threatening messages to them online. The person may be charged with telephonic harassment and criminal trespass which are both Class “B” misdemeanors in Illinois. If they continue their conduct, even after being charged, then they may face additional misdemeanor charges and potential felony charges. The number and types of charges which the prosecution will be able to bring will always depend on the specific facts of the case. Depending on the conduct and number of charges, the Court may send them to jail instead of receiving probation. It is crucial to retain an attorney to discuss the specifics of your situation.

Retain a Peoria criminal defense lawyer if you have been charged with a Class “B” misdemeanor

After being charged, it is important that you retain a lawyer to discuss your matter. 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, and more. They may also engage in negotiations with the prosecutor to outright dismiss or lower the number of charges. These are just a few examples of how hiring an attorney can help ensure that your legal rights remain protected. Your choice of representation can be crucial to your defense and our firm is willing to help you navigate this process.

Contact my office online or by telephone today to speak with a Peoria 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.