When charged with a misdemeanor, it is critical that you have an experienced misdemeanor defense lawyer to represent you. Choosing a misdemeanor criminal defense attorney is one of the most important decisions you will make in your case. Whether you have been accused of a crime or simply are being investigated, your rights, your freedom and your future are in jeopardy. It is important to have the counsel of an experienced criminal defense lawyer as early as possible.
The Law Office of Paul M. Marriett has the skill you need in your corner, and our misdemeanor defense strategy has successfully defended clients in Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves Park, and various other Illinois counties, such as Rock Island County and Winnebago County.
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There are three levels of misdemeanors in Illinois: Class A, Class B and Class C.
|Class A Misdemeanor||Up to 1 year in jail||Up to $2,500||Battery, DUI, Possession of Marijuana (10-30 grams), Possession of Firearms, Reckless Driving|
|Class B Misdemeanor||Up to 6 months in jail||Up to $1,500||Possession of Marijuana (2.5-10 grams), Harassment|
|Class C Misdemeanor||Up to 30 days in jail||Up to $1,500||Assault, Possession of Marijuana (under 2.5 grams)|
A misdemeanor should be taken seriously because a conviction results in a criminal record. A misdemeanor likely will show up on a background check, and if you are convicted or plead guilty, it will remain on your record forever.
Being accused or convicted of a misdemeanor can have devastating effects on your life. For misdemeanor-crimes, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can make the difference between being found guilty or not guilty.
A misdemeanor defense case that results in a not-guilty verdict or that is dismissed or reduced to a Class C deferred adjudication may be eligible for an expunction. A misdemeanor case that is a Class A or Class B deferred adjudication may be eligible for ruling of nondisclosure of criminal history.
Contact a Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Lawyer
The Law Office of Paul M. Marriett relies on familiarity with local and federal law to defend misdemeanor defense clients.
For additional information about misdemeanor-related laws, or to discuss your matter in confidence with a skilled criminal defense lawyer, schedule a confidential consultation by calling us at (815) 391-0089. If you prefer, fill out the contact form or click here and attorney Paul M. Marriett will contact you within 24 hours.