A Chicago criminal defense lawyer can help you avoid time in state prison if you have been charged with a felony crime. An aggressive defense strategy carried out by a dedicated Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer is crucial in your felony case, since the stakes are so high.
Types of Crime Classified as Class 1 Felonies
Crimes considered Class 1 felonies include many serious crimes. The following crimes, found in the Illinois Criminal Code, are examples of Class 1 felonies:
- Sexual assault;
- Possession of some types of drugs (such as heroin and cocaine);
- Theft in the amount of $10,000 to $100,000; and
- Residential burglary.
This list is not exhaustive, and merely represents some common Class 1 felonies. If you are unsure of whether the charges that have been brought against you would count as Class 1 felonies, check with a knowledgeable defense attorney.
Sentences for Class 1 Felony Convictions
Under Illinois sentencing law, Class 1 felonies carry sentences of between 4 and 15 years in prison. In addition, an extended term Class 1 felony will carry a sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison. Extended terms can be imposed if aggravating factors exist, such as prior criminal convictions, the nature of the alleged crime as a hate crime, or the the presence of a victim over age 60.
Class 1 felonies are generally eligible for some alternative sentencing options, including periodic imprisonment, impact incarceration, probation for up to 4 years, and conditional discharge for up to 4 years. However, there are some exceptions, such as residential burglary, that cannot qualify for probation.
On top of prison time, huge fines for Class 1 felonies can be imposed, and you can be made to pay restitution to alleged victims for any financial losses that they may have suffered.
Seek Advice and Representation Now
Being charged with a crime can be terrifying. A knowledgeable Chicago defense lawyer will answer any questions and concerns that you may have, and will help you determine what the best defense strategy for your individual case is. A felony crime conviction can have disastrous consequences that may last for years and even a lifetime. A dedicated felony defense attorney will fight to protect your rights and your freedom, devising a strong defense strategy to help you avoid time in state or federal prison. Trust that your criminal case is in the right hands during this difficult time. Contact Goldman & Associates today for a free consultation and let us fight for you.