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Criminal and Traffic Violations AttorneysThere are a number of different types of criminal laws in Illinois, the least serious of which is called a business offense or ordinance violation. These types of crimes generally do not carry the potential for jail or penitentiary time and the maximum dollar amount for fines are also usually not as high as that of other types of crimes. Additionally, with offenses in this category, police often do not take mug shots or fingerprints. The benefit when fingerprints are not taken is that it’s very unlikely that the defendant’s arrest will appear on his or her criminal record, called a rap sheet. This is of great benefit when applying for employment.

Another category of criminal law is that of a misdemeanor. Most of the time, police do take mugs shots and fingerprints when arrested for a misdemeanor, so those charged with this type of crime often consider an expungement once the case is over to "clean" their record if they are in fact qualified to do so. Misdemeanors are presently categorized as Class C (punishable by up to 30 days in jail), Class B (punishable by up to 6 months in jail) and Class A (punishable by up to 1 year in jail. Most misdemeanors allow the Judge to grant a sentence called "supervision" which allows the Judge to punish the defendant without a "conviction" being entered.

The highest level of criminal cases in Illinois are felonies. The lowest level felony is that of a Class 4 felony which is presently punishable by 1 to 3 years in the penitentiary. Class 3 felonies, Class 2 felonies and so on have increasing potential penalties. In contrast to misdemeanor cases, unless the felony is dismissed, the sentence will generally involve some sort of "conviction" which can never be expunged and may affect the defendant’s right to serve in the military, serve on a jury, or possess a weapon. There are some exceptions however which include a special probation for certain drugs and cannabis.

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The lawyers associated with Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC are experienced advocates for their clients regardless of the level of crime and have handled virtually every type of criminal charge at some point in Illinois. Call today at (800) 996-4824 or (312) 644-0444 to speak to an attorney about your rights and learn how we can help you protect your future.

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