What is a Class B misdemeanor in Illinois?

A Class B misdemeanor in Illinois carries a maximum penalty of up to 6 months (180 days) imprisonment in county jail and a maximum fine of $1,500 plus any mandatory court costs. The defendant may be placed on a period of court supervision, conditional discharge or probation for a maximum of 2 years. Sentencing guidelines for a Class B misdemeanor can be found under Illinois law 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-60.

Speeding 26 to 34 mph over the posted speed limit is one of the most common Class B misdemeanor offenses in Illinois. This offense is also referred to as aggravated speeding, excessive speeding or misdemeanor speeding. Overall, Class B misdemeanors are actually far less common than Class A misdemeanors in Illinois.

Although Class B misdemeanors are not as severe as Class A misdemeanors or felony offenses, they are still criminal charges carrying serious potential consequences. Any criminal conviction on your record may have long term consequences on your personal or professional life.

Although the maximum penalties are severe, jail time and/or a conviction can often be avoided for many Class B misdemeanor offenses. Of course, every case is different and there are a variety of factors that must be considered such as the facts of the case and any prior criminal record. Your defense attorney will be able to evaluate your case and advise you of the appropriate strategy and possible outcomes.

The Illinois criminal defense attorneys at our firm regularly represent clients on a wide range of criminal charges. If you are facing a Class B misdemeanor or other criminal offense, contact The Davis Law Group, P.C. to discuss your case.