DuPage, Kane And Cook County Misdemeanor Defense Attorneys

Charged with a misdemeanor? Call 630-474-4889

Just because misdemeanors don't come with penalties as severe as felonies, it doesn't mean that they shouldn't be taken seriously. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor offense, you will still have a conviction on your criminal record. If you are convicted, you can expect to pay a fine and face up to one year in jail. If you do not have a previous criminal record and you are charged with something relatively minor such as retail theft of property valued at less than $150, than you can expect to be charged with a misdemeanor.

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Class A Misdemeanors

Examples of Class A misdemeanors include:

  • Domestic Battery
  • Battery
  • Criminal Damage to Property
  • Criminal Trespass to Residence
  • DUI
  • Possession of Marijuana (more than 10 grams but less than 30 grams)
  • Prostitution
  • Public Indecency
  • Reckless Conduct
  • Resisting a Police Officer
  • Retail Theft

Class A misdemeanors come with a sentence up to one year in jail and a fine up to $2500.

Class B Misdemeanors

Examples of Class B Misdemeanors include the following:

  • Criminal Trespass to Property
  • Possession of Marijuana (more than 2.5 grams but not more than 10 grams)

Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,500 fine.

Class C Misdemeanors

Examples of Class C Misdemeanors include the following:

  • Assault
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Possession of Marijuana (not more than 2.5 grams)

Class C misdemeanors are punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.

When can a misdemeanor be enhanced to a felony?

In some circumstances, the State's Attorney's Office can enhance a misdemeanor to a felony. Examples of this include:

  • If there were multiple prior charges of the same offense
  • If there was over $300 worth of damage
  • If there was over $300 worth of theft
  • If great bodily harm resulted
  • If the offense was against the government/state supported property
  • If the offense was against law enforcement or medical/educational personnel

Our legal team is prepared to help you challenge your criminal charges and can assist you with expungement if you wish to clear your misdemeanor from your criminal record. To learn more, contact Martin & Kent, L.L.C. today!