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La Grange, Illinois Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Attorney

Misdemeanor Criminal Defense

When you find yourself restrained in the back of a police car, having your rights read to you, and being booked, you may hear a lot of words that you do not understand. All you know is that you are in trouble and need help. The Law Offices of James M. Chesloe can provide the help you need. He can fully explain your charges and help you understand your options.

One word you may hear in the midst of your arrest is misdemeanor.

What is a misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor is a crime. Although it is a serious offense and should not be taken lightly, it is seen as a less severe crime. On the opposite end of a misdemeanor is a felony. Felonies are more severe and so are the consequences that accompany them.

Some examples of misdemeanors include:

  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Public intoxication
  • Speeding
  • Reckless Driving
  • Drug Possession (Marijuana)
  • Harassment
  • Retail Theft
  • Trespassing

If you have been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor, you need experienced legal help. Misdemeanors may be less serious crimes, but they may be punishable by fines and jail time depending upon the circumstances of your case. Do not go into court alone. Partner with an experienced misdemeanor crime defense attorney like James M. Chesloe who 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 Misdemeanors in DuPage, Will and Cook counties

According to Illinois Compiled Statutes (730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-55, 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-60, and 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-65), misdemeanor charges can be classified into three categories:

  • Class A Misdemeanor
  • Class B Misdemeanor
  • Class C Misdemeanor

Class A Misdemeanors are the most serious of all misdemeanor offenses and have a maximum sentence of up to one year in jail and fines up to $2,500. Class B Misdemeanors carry a maximum jail term of six months and fines up to $1,500. If you are charged with a Class C Misdemeanor, you may get up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1,500. Sometimes the consequences of jail time and fines are combined or sentenced separately. It all depends on the circumstances of your case and sentencing from the judge who hears your case.

If you are a first-time offender, you may have options for alternative sentencing. Additionally, if you have not been formally charged, there are other options that James M. Chesloe can explore on your behalf. Timing is important. There is no time to waste. Do not wait to begin planning a strategy to protect your rights.

Contact Attorney James M. Chesloe to help you through your misdemeanor case. The Law Offices of James M. Chesloe serves clients throughout the western suburbs of Chicago. If you are 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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