Under Illinois law, there are three classes of misdemeanor offenses: A, B, and C. Class A misdemeanor penalties are the most severe, while Class C misdemeanors carry lesser potential penalties.
A Class C misdemeanor in Illinois carries a maximum penalty of up to 30 days 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 up to 2-years. Specific sentencing guidelines for Class C misdemeanors can be found under Illinois law 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-65.
Two of the most common Class C misdemeanors are Disorderly Conduct and Assault.
While it is true that a Class C misdemeanor is the least severe misdemeanor charge, it is important to remember that it still IS a criminal offense. If you are charged with and found guilty of a Class C misdemeanor, you still face serious consequences, including a criminal record. A criminal record can have an impact on your future, including employment.
All criminal cases must be approached strategically and your rights must be protected. Avoiding a criminal conviction and minimizing the consequences on your personal and professional life is always a top priority. If you are charged with a criminal offense, professional legal representation is strongly encouraged to ensure the best possible result.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony criminal offense, contact the criminal defense attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. by calling (847) 390-8500 or get in touch with us via our contact page. Our attorneys practice throughout the Chicagoland area including Cook County, Lake County and DuPage County.