The process of being charged with a crime can be confusing and frightening. The stakes are high. You are not certain if the deal the prosecutor is offering you is a good one. You could face stiff consequences if you turn it down, but you are forced to confess to a crime you may have not committed.
It is true that the U.S. justice system’s plea system has a tendency to put innocent people in the awkward position of confessing to crimes they did not commit. The reason the plea is such a powerful tool is that the stakes are incredibly high. The pressure of making that decision is enormous.
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you will need a criminal defense attorney who can evaluate the state’s case against you, ensure that the evidence was collected legally, and advise you as to the potential consequences of a plea. The Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus have successfully helped defendants charged with serious crimes get their sentences reduced or go free. Give us a call or talk to us online to set up an appointment today.
There are three classes of a misdemeanor in Illinois. They are referred to simply as: Class A, Class B, and Class C misdemeanors. Class A misdemeanors are the most serious and have the stiffest penalties. If convicted of a misdemeanor, you can face fines, jail time, or a combination of both. As the most serious, Class A misdemeanors come with maximum penalties of $2,500 and up to a year in jail.
Typically, those who plead guilty or are convicted of misdemeanors are given probation, a conditional discharge, or are required to have some form of court supervision for a period of time.
Common types of misdemeanors include DUI and drug possession. If charged with a misdemeanor that comes with a jail sentence, you will serve your time in county jail as opposed to state prison. Even if you are not given jail time, a misdemeanor will remain on your record for the rest of your life.
In Illinois, there are five types of felonies: Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, and Class X. Class X felonies are the most serious while Class 1 felonies are the least serious. However, all felonies are serious and if you are charged with one, you will need a lawyer to defend you.
Class X felonies can result in a minimum of six years imprisonment in a state facility. The maximum for a Class X felony is 30 years and a fine of $25,000. They include crimes like first-degree murder, aggravated sexual assault, dismembering a human body, and manufacturing methamphetamine.
Class 4 felonies are the least serious and punished up to three years in prison and a maximum $25,000 fine. The felony stays on your record forever, however, and time is served in a state prison.
The Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus helps criminal defendants preserve their rights, ensures that the police did not break any laws when gathering evidence, and provides our clients with an excellent defense when taking a plea offer is not appropriate. Give us a call to set up an appointment today.
Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.