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Understanding Felony Charges in Illinois

 Posted on May 31, 2024 in Criminal Defense

Elgin criminal defense lawyerFelony charges are among the most serious criminal convictions you can face in Illinois, and these charges vary depending on the severity of the crime committed. Illinois provides different classifications for different types of felonies, and it is important to be aware of felony charges and their associated penalties if you find yourself facing a criminal conviction.

Of course, a solid defense strategy and the help of an experienced Illinois criminal defense lawyer are key to minimizing any felony charges against you.

Felony Classifications in Illinois

In Illinois, the Unified Code of Corrections outlines the different classifications of felonies in the state and their correlating punishments. There are five felony classifications in Illinois, in addition to the felony of first-degree murder, which is a separate classification.

The five types of felonies to know about in Illinois are:

  • Class X felony – The most severe type of felony that carries penalties of up to 30 years in prison

  • Class 1 felony – Penalties of up to 15 years in prison

  • Class 2 felony – Penalties of up to seven years in prison

  • Class 3 felony – Penalties of up to five years in prison

  • Class 4 felony – The least severe type of felony with penalties of up to three years in prison

All of the felonies above also carry potential fines of up to $25,000 if convicted. A judge will have the final say in sentencing and handing out both fines and specific prison times for each criminal conviction.

Types of Illinois Felonies

While there are many different criminal acts that may result in a felony, some are more notable than others. Criminal acts that may end up with a felony charge include:

  • Burglary

  • Forgery

  • Vehicle theft

  • Intent to distribute or possess a large amount of drugs

  • Third-time DUI offenses or DUI offenses that result in death or great bodily harm to another person

Keep in mind that felony charges can increase or decrease in severity depending on the type of crime and the circumstances surrounding the crime. These variables are what make obtaining a skilled criminal defense lawyer to minimize the impact of a felony criminal conviction on your record essential.

Contact an Elgin, IL Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you are facing a felony charge, it is essential to contact a skilled Kane County, IL criminal defense attorney. Your lawyer can help you further understand the charges you are facing and navigate criminal law, working to minimize the impact of a felony charge against you.

Attorney Brian J. Mirandola is a former Assistant State’s Attorney, something that makes him uniquely qualified to handle your felony criminal defense case. Contact The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola at 847-488-0889 for a free consultation.

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