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What is a Felony or Misdemeanor Offense in Illinois?

Normally a felony charge carries a jail sentence of more than 1 year. For the most , and Many offenses have mandatory minimum jail sentences. Serious violent felonies have sentences that are significantly higher

Misdemeanor criminal charges are those that have a maximum sentence of 1 year in jail or less and normally include a fine.

Felony by Class of Felony

Class X Felony
Between 6 and 30 years in State Penitentiary; and/or
Fine of up to $25,000
Examples: Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault

Class 1 Felony
Between 4 and 15 years in State Penitentiary; and/or
Fine of up to $25,000
Examples: Criminal Sexual Assault, Possession of Heroin, Cocaine, LSD

Class 2 Felony
Between 3 and 7 years in State Penitentiary; and/or
Fine of up to $25,000
Examples: Arson

Class 3 Felony
Between 2 and 5 years in State Penitentiary; and/or
Fine of up to $25,000
Examples: Aggravated Battery

Class 4 Felony
Between 1 and 3 years in State Penitentiary; and/or
Fine of up to $25,000
Examples: Aggravated Assault, Stalking

Note: Murder and repeat offenses have different penalties.


Illinois Misdemeanors Classes

Class A Misdemeanor
Up to 1 year in Jail; and/or
Fine of up to $2,500
Examples: Battery, DUI, Possession of Marijuana (10-30 grams), Possession of Firearms, Reckless Driving

Class B Misdemeanor
Up to 6 months in Jail; and/or
Fine of up to $1,500
Examples: Possession of Marijuana (2.5-10 grams), Harassment

Class C Misdemeanor
Up to 30 days in Jail; and/or
Fine of up to $1,500.
Examples: Assault, Possession of Marijuana (under 2.5 grams)

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