A Chicago criminal defense lawyer can help you avoid time in state prison if you have been charged with a felony crime. Our Chicago criminal defense lawyers can help craft a personalized defense given your circumstances and ensure that your rights are protected throughout each step of the way.
Types of Crime Classified as Class X Felonies
Crimes considered Class X felonies include mostly violent crimes, with several drug crimes also reaching the level of severity needed. The following crimes, found in the Illinois Criminal Code, are Class X felonies:
- Aggravated kidnapping;
- Aggravated battery with a firearm;
- Aggravated battery of a child;
- Aggravated criminal sexual assault;
- Predatory criminal sexual assault of a child;
- Armed robbery;
- Aggravated vehicular hijacking;
- Home invasion;
- Aggravated arson; and
- Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, subject to certain amount requirements.
Sentences for Class X Felony Convictions
Under Illinois sentencing law, Class X felonies carry sentences of between 6 and 30 years in prison. In addition, an extended term Class X felony will carry a sentence of 30 to 60 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. Being convicted of two or more class X felonies will trigger classification as a habitual criminal, which carries with it a sentence of life in prison.
Class X felonies are not eligible for many alternative sentencing options that lesser offenses can result in. Periodic imprisonment, impact incarceration, probation, and conditional discharge are not available to those convicted of Class X felonies.
On top of prison time, huge fines for Class X 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 Chicago felony defense attorney will fight to protect your rights and your freedom.
A skilled Chicago felony lawyer will devise 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.