handcuffed hands through barsThis is the next post in a series of articles about defending Class “B” misdemeanor charges in Peoria, Illinois. My last article was an overview of the topics I will be addressing in this series. These offenses do carry a possible term of incarceration and other serious, long-lasting consequences. It is important to take this type of offense seriously if charged and to hire legal counsel. In this article, I will discuss whether one can go to jail for such a charge. Retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney can be an important first step to ensure that your legal rights are protected. If you or someone you love has been charged with a misdemeanor, contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

Illinois residents can receive six months in jail for a Class “B” misdemeanor

The length of a potential jail sentence in Illinois depends on the classification of the offense. A person charged with a Class “B” misdemeanor in our state can face up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,500. These types of offenses have a longer jail term than Class “C” misdemeanor charge due to the individual’s increased flagrant conduct. The Court is not required to impose a jail sentence and has the option to impose probation if the Judge decides to do so. Whether or not the Court will grant probation will depend on several factors including the number of charges, type of conduct, and the individual’s criminal history.

If a person receives probation, then a sentence will be entered. The individual will not have to serve the sentence while on probation and if they successfully complete the supervision, then the case will be closed. However, if the individual violates the terms of their supervision, then the Court may require them to serve the length of the originally imposed sentence. Judges take these types of matters seriously, so it is recommended to put your best foot forward when following the terms of your probation. It is important to know that every individual’s situation is fact-specific and you should always retain an attorney to assist you as soon as you are arrested.

A criminal conviction can leave a mark on your criminal record

An individual who is convicted of a crime, including a misdemeanor, will also have to deal with longer-lasting consequences. These include being burdened with a permanent criminal record, social stigma, and inability to pass background checks. Failing a background check can make it difficult to obtain employment, to gain approval for a housing application, or to pass future security clearances. It is important to take your matter seriously since you can face jail time if sentenced for a Class “B” misdemeanor. Depending on the facts of the case, your counsel may be able to defend the case to dismissal or they may be able to negotiate a more favorable outcome. When selecting counsel, it is important to have someone with experience in such matters. If you need an attorney, contact our office as soon as possible to discuss your options.

I am a former prosecutor and familiar with the local court system in Peoria and the surrounding areas. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a Peoria criminal defense lawyer. I will be ready to assist you. 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.