If you are facing charges for a felony crime in the Chicago area, it is of the utmost importance to have an aggressive defense lawyer to fight for you. Our team of criminal defense lawyers can help protect your liberty by mounting a well-crafted defense.
Types of Crime Classified as Class 4 Felonies
Crimes considered Class 4 felonies include many of the least serious felony crimes. The following crimes, found in the Illinois Criminal Code, are examples of Class 4 felonies:
- Theft of government property worth less than $500;
- Possession 30 to 500 grams of marijuana;
- Aggravated assault;
- Stalking; and
- Hate crimes.
This is not an exhaustive list, but merely represents some common Class 4 felonies. If you are unsure of whether the charges that have been brought against you would count as Class 4 felonies, check with a knowledgeable defense attorney.
Sentences for Class 4 Felony Convictions
Under Illinois sentencing law, Class 4 felonies carry sentences of between 1 and 3 years in prison. In addition, an extended term Class 4 felony will carry a sentence of 3 to 6 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 presence of a victim over age 60 (730 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/5-4.5-45.)
Class 4 felonies are generally eligible for some alternative sentencing options, including periodic imprisonment, impact incarceration, probation for several years, and conditional discharge for several years. However, there are some exceptions that cannot qualify for probation. Check with an experienced felony defense attorney to find out if your case might qualify.
On top of prison time, large fines for Class 4 felonies can be imposed, and you can be made to pay restitution to alleged victims for any financial losses that they may have suffered.
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Being charged with any type of crime can be overwhelming. A knowledgeable Chicago defense lawyer will answer any questions and concerns that you may have, and will help you determine the best defense strategy for your individual case. A dedicated felony defense attorney will fight to protect your freedom and reputation, devising a strong defense strategy to help you avoid or reduce state or federal prison sentences. Contact the team at Goldman & Associates for a free consultation.