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What is a Class A Misdemeanor in Illinois?

Under Illinois law, a Class A misdemeanor is a criminal offense, which carries the most severe penalties of all misdemeanor offenses. If you are charged with a Class A misdemeanor, the maximum potential penalties include up to 364 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,500.00 in addition to mandatory court assessments. Other possible sentences include up to two years of court supervision, conditional discharge or probation. Sentencing guidelines for Class A misdemeanors can be found under Illinois statute 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-55.

Some of the most common Class A misdemeanors are listed below. Many of these offenses can also be charged as felony offenses if certain ‘aggravating factors’ are present. Aggravating factors vary depending on the offense charged and can include such things as your prior criminal history, severity of harm to a victim as well as the age of the victim.

Illinois LawOffense
720 ILCS 5/12-1Aggravated Assault
720 ILCS 5/12-3Battery
720 ILCS 5/12-3.2Domestic Battery
720 ILCS 5/12-3.4Violation of an Order of Protection
720 ILCS 5/12-5Reckless Conduct
720 ILCS 5/12C-5Endangering the Life or Health of a Child
720 ILCS 5/16-1Theft (under $500)
720 ILCS 5/16-1(a)(4)Possession of Stolen Property
720 ILCS 5/16-25Retail Theft (under $300)
720 ILCS 5/19-4Criminal Trespass to Residence
720 ILCS 5/21-1.3Criminal Defacement of Property
720 ILCS 5/21-2Criminal Trespass to Vehicle
720 ILCS 5/21-3Criminal Damage to Property
720 ILCS 5/24-3.1 (a)Unlawful Possession of Firearms
720 ILC 5/31-1Resisting Arrest or Obstructing a Peace Officer
720 ILCS 550/4(c)Possession of Cannabis (30-100 grams)
720 ILCS 550/5(b)Delivery of Cannabis (10 grams or less)
720 ILCS 600/3.5Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
235 ILCS 5/6-20Possession of Alcohol by a Minor
625 ILCS 5/4-102Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts or Accessories
625 ILCS 5/6-303Driving on a Revoked or Suspended License
625 ILCS 5/11-204Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer
625 ILCS 5/11-402Leaving the Scene of an Accident with an Attended Vehicle Involving Only Property Damage
625 ILCS 5/11-404Leaving the Scene of an Accident with an Unattended Vehicle Involving Only Property Damage
625 ILCS 5/11-501(a)2Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
625 ILCS 5/11-503Reckless Driving
625 ILCS 5/11-506Street Racing
625 ILCS 5/11-601.5(b)Aggravated Speeding 35 mph or More Over the Limit

A conviction for any criminal offense, including a misdemeanor, can have a negative lasting impact on your personal and professional life. Securing experienced and knowledgeable legal representation can help you avoid serious consequences and minimize or eliminate the potential impact on your future. Our top-rated criminal defense attorneys have years of experience defending the rights of those charged with various criminal offenses throughout Illinois.

Avoiding a criminal conviction on your record and obtaining the best possible result for your case is our priority. If you have been charged with a Class A misdemeanor or any criminal offense, contact the criminal defense lawyers at The Davis Law Group, P.C. by calling us at (847) 390-8500 or reach out to us through our contact page. Our criminal defense attorneys practice throughout the Chicago area including Cook County, Lake County and DuPage County.

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