man being arrested and cuffedThis is the next article in a series on handling Class “B” misdemeanor charges in Peoria and other central Illinois areas. My last article discussed that residents can go to jail for up to six months if convicted for a Class “B” misdemeanor. Defendants must understand that such a charge carries the potential for jail time. Some individuals may be eligible for probation, however it is within the discretion of the Court to grant it. It is important to retain an experienced attorney to assist you if you have been charged. In this article I will discuss common examples of the cases that fall within this class of charges. If you or a family member has been arrested then contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.

Illinois Class “B” misdemeanor charges carry extensive jail-time and a problematic record

Similar to most states, Illinois separates crimes into two categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Felony charges are typically the most serious crimes which carry the most serious penalties or consequences. Misdemeanor charges, on the other hand, tend to be less severe with less severe consequences. The length of a potential jail sentence for misdemeanor charges depends on the classification of the offense. If you are convicted of a Class “B” misdemeanor then you may face up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,500. Having experienced counsel helps ensure that your rights are protected, and arguments are presented in the best possible manner to the Court.

If you are 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, to 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. It is also important that your lawyer makes sure that you understand all of your options as the matter moves forward.

Peoria defendants may face lengthier sentences if they are charged with additional counts

It must be understood that Class “B” misdemeanor charges 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.

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.