man in county jailThis is my next post in my series on handling Class “C” misdemeanors in Peoria, Illinois. My last article addressed the question of “can I go to jail for a Class “C” 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 penalties for a Class “C” misdemeanor in Illinois. If you are in need of assistance, then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

Peoria residents can receive thirty days in jail for a Class “C” misdemeanor

Jail sentences vary in Illinois depending on the type or class of misdemeanor offense. A person charged with a Class “C” misdemeanor in our state can be punished with a maximum of thirty days in jail and a fine of up to $1,500. The Court is not required to impose a jail sentence and has the option to impose probation of up to two years. 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.

It must be understood that a Class “C” misdemeanor charge and penalties can be paired or stacked with other charges. For example, an individual may be charged with a single misdemeanor, multiple misdemeanors, or a combination of misdemeanors and felonies. Under these circumstances, a defendant who is convicted of more than one misdemeanor may be sentenced to additional fines and consequences, including an extended jail sentence. The sentence which the Judge will issue will always depend on the specific facts and circumstances of each case. Speaking with counsel as soon as possible can help you understand your options if you’re charged with a misdemeanor.

The importance of retaining a criminal defense lawyer

If you’re convicted of a misdemeanor then you 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, gain approval for a housing application, or to pass future security clearances. It is important to take your matter seriously. 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.

If you are in need of legal assistance then contact my office to speak with a Peoria misdemeanor defense lawyer. My firm is experienced with protecting the rights of the accused and we will give your case the attention it deserves. I understand that this is a serious time in your life and I look forward to helping you through this process. Contact us online or by telephone to schedule an initial consultation. 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.