Chicago Misdemeanor Lawyers

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Misdemeanors are criminal offenses that are typically less serious than felonies. Examples of misdemeanors include retail theft, disorderly conduct, battery, certain gun offenses, and driving under the influence. Generally, these crimes carry a term of incarceration of up to one year.

If you are accused of a misdemeanor, it is crucial to understand the charges against you. Knowing the nature and potential consequences can help you strategize your defense and make informed decisions about your case. Additionally, understanding the seriousness of the situation underscores the importance of hiring a defense attorney to represent you.

At Pissetzky Law LLC, we understand the complexities and challenges of misdemeanor cases. Regardless of the accusations our clients are facing, we provide them with vigorous and personalized legal representation. Our team has extensive experience in defending clients against criminal charges, and we have a track record of achieving favorable outcomes in past cases. While past victories cannot guarantee future results, we protect our clients' rights and interests every step of the way.

If you have been accused of a misdemeanor in Chicago, please contact our attorneys at (844) 668-4258.

Fighting Misdemeanor Charges

The Illinois Compiled Statutes outline various activities that can result in misdemeanor charges. Understanding these offenses is essential for individuals navigating the legal system.

Examples of misdemeanor violations include:

  • Assault. Assault involves intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent bodily harm.
  • Battery. Battery is the intentional and unlawful touching or striking of another person, resulting in bodily harm or making insulting or provoking physical contact.
  • Disorderly conduct. Disorderly conduct is when an individual engages in behavior that causes alarm, annoyance, or inconvenience to others and breaches the peace.
  • DUI. DUI occurs when an individual operates or is in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs or with an alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.
  • Reckless driving. Reckless driving involves operating a vehicle with a willful disregard for the safety of people and/or property.
  • Retail theft. Retail theft consists of taking property valued at $300 or less from a retail establishment.
  • Trespassing. Trespassing involves unauthorized entry onto another person's property.

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Legal Ramifications of Misdemeanors

Illinois classifies misdemeanors into three categories, each carrying different penalties. The category of the alleged offense is typically noted within the statute for that crime.

The potential penalties for the different misdemeanor classes include the following:

  • Class A misdemeanor. This category carries the most severe penalties, including incarceration of up to one year and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
  • Class B misdemeanor. Offenses falling under this category may result in incarceration for more than 30 days but not exceeding six months and/or a fine of up to $1,500.
  • Class C misdemeanor. The least severe category, with potential incarceration for 30 days or less and/or a fine of up to $1,500.

The consequences of misdemeanor charges extend beyond legal penalties and can significantly impact various aspects of an individual's life. A conviction can affect employment opportunities, housing options, educational pursuits, professional licenses, gun ownership, and personal relationships.

Given the potential consequences, securing legal representation is essential for individuals facing such allegations. A lawyer can provide counsel throughout the process, advocate for the individual's rights, and work to minimize or avoid penalties whenever possible. Legal representation may involve negotiating plea agreements, challenging evidence, presenting mitigating factors, and advocating for alternative sentencing options.

Hire a Lawyer for Your Case

At Pissetzky Law LLC, we have extensive experience in misdemeanor defense, having handled hundreds of cases throughout Chicago and the surrounding areas. Our team deeply understands criminal law and stays current on legal developments to deliver effective representation.

We recognize that every case is different, and we take the time to listen to our clients, understand their concerns, and develop a defense strategy tailored to their circumstances. Employing a client-centered approach, our attorneys remain accessible and attentive to our clients' needs throughout the process.

To schedule a consultation with one of our Chicago misdemeanor lawyers, please call (844) 668-4258 or message us online.

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