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Felony Criminal Defense

If you are concerned about felony charges, you have come to the right place. The Law Offices of James M. Chesloe in La Grange, Illinois is dedicated to answering every concern and fighting tough felony charges for our clients. Felonies are very serious offenses with harsh punishments such as hefty fines, extended prison time or a combination of both.

If you are facing felony charges you cannot afford to walk alone. If you are in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and surrounding communities and are looking for an attorney who can handle your case with integrity and fight for you in the courtroom, contact James M. Chesloe today.

What is a felony?

A felony is a serious crime with tough consequences. It is more severe than a misdemeanor and should be handled by an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Some examples of felonies include:

  • Aggravated DUI
  • Criminal Sexual Assault
  • Stalking
  • Arson
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Drug Possession (Heroin)
  • Burglary

If you have been arrested and charged with a felony, you need experienced legal help. James M. Chesloe has been defending criminal cases and advising clients with felony offenses for over 34 years. He knows how to handle each aspect of your case, how judges are likely to rule in your jurisdiction, and what strategies to use to put you in the best possible situation.

Understanding Felony Charges in DuPage, Will and Cook Counties

Under Illinois laws ( 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-25, 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-30, 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-35, 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-40, and 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-45), felonies are classified into multiple categories:

  • Class X Felony
  • Class 1 Felony
  • Class 2 Felony
  • Class 3 Felony
  • Class 4 Felony

Under the Illinois Unified Code of Corrections (730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-50b), all felonies are subject to fines up to $25,000. Felonies may involve prison time, fines or both. Class X Felonies are the most serious of all felony offenses and have a maximum sentence ranging from six to 30 years in a state prison. Being charged with a Class 1 Felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. A Class 2 Felony carries a prison term of between three and seven years, while Class 3 Felony prison terms are between two and five years. A Class 4 Felony is the least serious of all felony charges and carries a maximum prison sentence of three years.

Depending on the type of felony, there may be a provision for periodic imprisonment.

Depending on the type of felony, there may be a provision for periodic imprisonment. According to Illinois Complied Statutes (730 ILCS 5/5-7-1), periodic imprisonment allows for a person to be released from prison during the day or night or a set time period as directed by the court. During times of release, the person may be permitted to participate in activities that will enhance educational and vocational opportunities and attend to family or business needs.

If you are a first-time offender for non-violent crimes such as drug possession, you may have options for alternative sentencing and special programs. Even if you are a repeat offender, let James M. Chesloe explore all options on your behalf to seek the best possible outcome for your situation.

Contact Attorney James M. Chesloe for strong representation in your criminal defense case. The Law Offices of James M. Chesloe serves clients throughout the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. If you are facing felony charges in Willow Springs, Western Springs, Brookfield, La Grange, Countryside, Hickory Hills, Lyons, Westchester, Stickney, Oak Lawn, and surrounding communities, he can help.

For a free initial consultation, call 708-579-5353 or Email me today.

James M. Chesloe, LTD, represents clients throughout Illinois, including those in the cities of La Grange, Chicago, La Grange Park, Brookfield, Berwyn, Countryside, Willow Springs, Western Springs, Willowbrook, Indian Head Park, Riverside, North Riverside, Lyons, Westchester and other Western Chicago suburbs as well as the greater counties of Cook, Will and DuPage.
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