Are you facing criminal charges for a Class A Misdemeanor in Chicago? If so, it is important to understand the potential consequences of a conviction for your crime. Class A Misdemeanors are the most serious misdemeanor offenses in Illinois. While misdemeanors are generally less serious offenses than felonies, the penalties that can be imposed can be harsh. Call Chicago criminal defense attorney Gus Kostopoulos for a free consultation. Gus is a former prosecutor with over 18 years experience. He and his team will work to get the state to reduce or dismiss the Class A Misdemeanor charges you face.
Class A Misdemeanor Offenses in Illinois
There are many criminal offenses that can be charged as Class A Misdemeanors in Chicago. Some of these crimes are specifically chargeable as a Class A Misdemeanor. Other less serious offenses can be increased to a Class A Misdemeanor if aggravating factors are present. Class A Misdemeanors in Chicago include:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI);
- Possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana;
- Violating an Order of Protection; and
- Disorderly Conduct.
Criminal Sentence for a Class A Misdemeanor
Imprisonment and Fines
In Chicago, a Class A Misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of one year in a Cook County Jail and/or fines of up to $2,500. Courts are not required to impose this maximum penalty, but must warn you that this is the maximum sentence that can be imposed if you are convicted of a Class A Misdemeanor.
Alternative Sentencing Options
Judges have the discretion to alter the terms of a Class A Misdemeanor criminal sentence to include alternative sentencing options. These alternative options can be imposed in addition to or instead of jail time and fines. These alternative options often reduce the severity of the punishment that is imposed and attempt to rehabilitate offenders. Alternative sentencing can include:
- Up to two years of probation;
- Conditional discharge;
- Restitution to victims;
- Community service;
- Periodic imprisonment; and
- Electronic home monitoring.
Supervision in Class A Misdemeanor Cases
Misdemeanor offenses, including Class A Misdemeanors, are generally eligible for supervision. Supervision is a great way to avoid the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction and record. When supervision is entered in your case, the court will not enter a judgment against you for your crime. This means that you are not convicted of the crime at this time. Instead, you will be required to follow certain court-imposed rules and regulations (under the supervision of the court) for a specified period of time. For Class A Misdemeanors, supervision is generally set at one year.
Once you have successfully completed a year of supervision the court will dismiss the charges against you. Supervision is an excellent alternative sentencing option and our attorneys will advocate for this sentencing disposition in your Class A Misdemeanor case.
Have you or someone you love been arrested for a Class A Misdemeanor in Chicago? Contact Kostopoulos Law Group today for immediate legal assistance. Early intervention in a criminal case is essential to a positive outcome. Our experienced Chicago criminal lawyers employ an aggressive pre-investigation process, which often results in getting a reduction or dismissal of the charges against our clients. A conviction of a Class A Misdemeanor can stay with you for the rest of your life, so it is important to fight the criminal charges you face. Call us today to learn more and set up a free consultation.