Misdemeanor Offenses

Misdemeanor Offenses

Illinois Misdemeanor Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor offense, contact The Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus at (847) 966-0300. With more than 33 years of criminal defense experience, Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus offers aggressive and representation for all types of misdemeanor charges.

Although a misdemeanor is less serious than a felony offense, the consequences of a misdemeanor conviction can still be devastating for the accused and his or her family. An Illinois misdemeanor is a criminal offense that is punishable by up to 364 days in an Illinois county jail and may include fines up to $2500. A misdemeanor conviction also involves court costs and appears on your permanent record. Millions of Americans lose job opportunities each year because of prior misdemeanor convictions.

At the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus, our goal is to get your misdemeanor charge dismissed or reduced. If charges are not dropped, we work tirelessly to offer the best possible defense and, if needed, to argue for the lightest possible punishment, including minimal fines, community service or probation.

In Illinois, there are three types of misdemeanor classifications:

Class A Misdemeanors may involve a maximum prison sentence of 364 days. Class A misdemeanors include:

  • Aggravated Assault, 720 ILCS 5/12-2
  • Battery, 720 ILCS 5/12-3
  • Domestic Battery, 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2
  • Criminal Damage To Property, 720 ILCS 5/21-1, and Defacement to Property, 720 ILCS 5/21-1.3
  • Criminal Sexual Abuse, 720 ILCS 5/12-15
  • Criminal Trespass to Residence, 720 ILCS 5/19-4, and to Vehicles, 720 ILCS 5/21-2
  • Deceptive Practices, 720 ILCS 5/17-1
  • Child Endangerment, 720 ILCS 5/12-21.6
  • Interfering With the Reporting of Domestic Violence, 720 ILCS 5/12-6.3
  • Obscenity, 720 ILCS 5/11-20
  • Possession of Cannabis (more than 10 grams but not more than 30 grams), 720 ILCS 550/4
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 720 ILCS 600/3, and Hypodermic Needles, 720 ILCS 635/4
  • Prostitution, 720 ILCS 5/11-14, Patronizing a Prostitute, 720 ILCS 5/11-18, Soliciting a Prostitute, 720 ILCS 5/11-15
  • Public Indecency, 720 ILCS 5/11-9
  • Reckless Conduct, 720 ILCS 5/12-5
  • Resisting or Obstructing a Police Officer, 720 ILCS 5/31-1
  • Retail Theft (Shoplifting), 720 ILCS 5/16A-3
  • Theft, 720 ILCS 5/16-1, 720 ILCS 5/16-3
  • Violation of an Order of Protection, 720 ILCS 5/12-30

Class B Misdemeanors may involve maximum jail time of up to 180 days and fines up to $1500. This classification includes:

  • Criminal Trespass to Property, 720 ILCS 5/21-3
  • Telephone Harassment, 720 ILCS 135-1-1
  • Possession of Cannabis (more than 2.5 grams but not more than 10 grams), 720 ILCS 550/4

Class C Misdemeanors can involve up to 30 days in jail, fines up to $1500 and include:

  • Assault, 720 ILCS 5/12-1
  • Disorderly Conduct, 720 ILCS 5/26-1
  • Possession of Cannabis (mot more than 2.5 grams), 720 ILCS 550/4

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For any criminal charge, reading the statutes and finding out the maximum possible sentence doesn’t tell you much. For a true understanding of what you are up against, and what penalties you may face if you plead guilty or are convicted in court, you need a case evaluation from an Illinois defense attorney.

Whether this is your first arrest or you have a prior criminal record, it is critical that you contact an experienced defense attorney. Mr. Minkus will aggressively challenge your charges and work toward a favorable outcome for your individual case, including dismissal of charges. Call our Chicago or Skokie office today at (847) 966-0300 to schedule a FREE initial consultation.

For Over 33 Years

Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.

We urge you to contact us for a FREE, confidential, initial consultation.

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