A misdemeanor is a criminal offense punishable by a maximum sentence of 364 days jail (county) time and/or a maximum fine of $2,500.00 plus mandatory court costs. Illinois has three (3) different classifications of misdemeanors:
Class A Misdemeanor: Maximum sentence of 364 days jail time
Class B Misdemeanor: Maximum sentence of 180 days jail time
Class C Misdemeanor: Maximum sentence of 30 days jail time
Common examples of misdemeanor offenses are assault, battery, criminal damage to property (under $300), domestic violence, retail theft/shoplifting, trespass to land and vehicles, disorderly conduct, public indecency, DUI and other driving offenses, resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, violation of an Order of Protection, gun/weapon charges, marijuana cases, telephone harassment and many other offenses.
Although a misdemeanor is less serious than a felony offense, a conviction for it may still result in jail time, fines, court costs and a permanent criminal record. We understand the consequences of a misdemeanor conviction and work feverishly to get your case dismissed, get you supervision (no record, no conviction) or an outright “not guilty” to prevent any negative consequences from a misdemeanor conviction.