In general, misdemeanors are less serious offenses than felonies. However, a misdemeanor charge, even for a Class C offense, should not be underestimated. A conviction for a misdemeanor can hamper you for the rest of our life, creating obstacles to you moving on with your life. Allegations of DUI, drug possession, or other misdemeanors can stay on your record for years, or even permanently. If you have been charged for a crime, the best course of action is to consult a Chicago misdemeanor lawyer from Goldman & Associates. We will work tirelessly to mount an aggressive defense against your charges.
Often, those who are charged with misdemeanors do not feel particularly concerned, because they think that in the event that they are convicted, they could remove the offense from their record. While expungements are common, you should be careful because some types of convictions can never be erased. Seek counsel and representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney before a conviction is entered that you can’t expunge.
Class C misdemeanors are the least serious, and as a result, can lead to less severe punishment than Class A or B misdemeanors. Examples of Class C misdemeanors include:
This is not an exhaustive list, and there are many other types of conduct that are classified as Class C misdemeanors.
The punishment for those convicted of Class C misdemeanors can include up to 30 days in jail, a fine of up to $1500, or both. In addition, if the particular crime that you are accused of involved a monetary loss to another person, you could be order to pay them restitution for their loss. In some cases, if you are convicted of a Class A misdemeanor, you can be put on probation or conditional discharge, for up to two years. Often, sentences for misdemeanors can be served concurrently. Some drug-related offenses could qualify for diversion into a drug court program. For a clearer picture of how a conviction for a misdemeanor might be treated by a court during the sentencing phase, consult an experienced local defense attorney. They will be able to tell how different factors might impact the outcome of your case.
If you have been charged with a Class B misdemeanor, or any other crime, you should reach out to a dedicated criminal defense lawyer immediately. The Chicago misdemeanor defense lawyers at Goldman & Associates will fight for your liberty and reputation in court, and will work tirelessly to defend you against any criminal charge. Contact our office in Chicago, Illinois, for a free consultation on your case.