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.
Crimes considered Class 1 felonies include many serious crimes. The following crimes, found in the Illinois Criminal Code, are examples of Class 1 felonies:
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.
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.
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.