Felony Criminal Defense in Illinois
Felony Criminal Defense Explained
Felony offenses are the most serious offenses and they carry the harshest sentences. The sentence available depends upon many factors such as the nature of the charge, whether a weapon was used, the seriousness of the injuries to the victim, whether federal or state charges have been filed and the accused’s background. In Illinois, felony offenses are classified as Class 4, Class 3, Class 2, Class 1 and Class X offenses while first-degree murder has its own classification and sentencing range. A sentence of probation is possible for most sentences; however, many criminal felony offenses carry mandatory prison time.
What is the Difference Between Felony and Misdemeanor Offense?
The biggest difference between felony and misdemeanor offenses is the likelihood of incarceration following a conviction for a felony crime. Many serious felony offenses can result in the functional equivalent of a life-sentence based upon the length of the sentence and the age of the offender. Even if prison is avoided, felony offenses are usually unable to be expunged which can result in life-time disadvantages such as the inability to obtain employment, housing, or loans. Felony offenses also carry serious immigration consequences for non-citizens which can include deportation, denial of naturalization or an exclusion from the United States.
Felony charges have the possibility of irreparably destroying your career, reputation and personal and professional relationships.
Types of Felony Offenses
Like misdemeanor offenses, felony offenses run the gambit of acts that are punished. Felony crimes can be generally grouped into gun crimes such as unlawful use of a weapon; drug crimes such as possession of a controlled substance; theft crimes such as mail or wire fraud, larceny, extortion or embezzlement; and violent crimes such as aggravated battery, first-degree murder, second-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter; and sex crimes such as possession of child pornography or aggravated criminal sexual assault or abuse. Also, some misdemeanors can become felony offenses based upon the background of the defendant, the age of the victim, the injuries suffered by the victim, or the victim’s mental capacity. For example, retail theft and driving while under the influence are routinely upgraded to felony offenses if aggravating factors are present.
How Can Attorney At Jaleel Law Help You With Felony Crime Charges?
Felony charges have the possibility of irreparably destroying your career, reputation and personal and professional relationships. A felony conviction can result in substantial fines and lengthy prison sentences. An effective defense strategy requires an in-depth knowledge of criminal procedure and the rules of evidence along with insights to fight these complex criminal matters gained as a former prosecuting attorney. We will work with you to get your charges reduced or dismissed, if possible, and will represent your best interests through trial and appeal.
A felony conviction can result in substantial fines and lengthy prison sentences.
Areas We Serve
Centrally located in Du Page County we represent clients in trial and appellate courts throughout Illinois including the counties of Cook County, Du Page County; Will County, and Kane County. We have won on behalf of clients at the Daley Center; 26th and California; Bridgeview; Skokie; Rolling Meadows; Maywood; Markham; and all the branch courts in Chicago; and the Northern District of Illinois along with all five Illinois Appellate Courts and the federal circuit court of appeals.