This page is provided to give an overview of the types of misdemeanor charges and offenses that a person in Chicago or Illinois may face when they go to court in Chicago or suburban Cook County. Feel free to look through the site or just call Mr. Weisberg right now to discuss your case. He can always be reached on his cell phone (773) 908-9811.
A misdemeanor is a criminal offense or charge that is punishable by a maximum sentence of 364 days jail time. The maximum fine for a misdemeanor in Illinois is $2,500.00 plus mandatory court costs. In Illinois, there are three classifications of misdemeanor offenses or charges. All misdemeanor charges are serious in that they carry the possibility of serving time in the Cook County Department of Corrections or other jail. Misdemeanor cases differ from felony offenses in that with a misdemeanor, the person cannot be sent to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Show below are the 3 different ways in which misdemeanor criminal charges are classified:
Common examples of misdemeanor offenses and charges are assault, battery, criminal damage to property (under $300), retail theft / shoplifting under $300, criminal trespass to residence, real property or automobile, disorderly conduct, public indecency, resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer, driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license, violation of an order of protection, domestic battery and many other offenses.
Although a misdemeanor offense is less serious than a felony offense, a conviction for a misdemeanor can still have devastating consequences. A person convicted of misdemeanor charges face the possibility of jail time, fines, court costs and a permanent criminal record. Countless Americans every year are turned down for employment because of a misdemeanor criminal record. If you or a loved one are facing misdemeanor criminal offenses in Chicago or suburban Cook County, you should contact an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney immediately.
The following is a more exhaustive list of Class A misdemeanor charges and offenses in Chicago and Illinois:
Aggravated Assault – 720 ILCS 5/12-2 (charge / offense)
Battery – 720 ILCS 5/12-3 (charge / offense)
Domestic Battery – 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2 (charge / offense)
Criminal Damage To Property – 720 ILCS 5/21-1 (charge / offense)
Criminal Defacement to Property – 720 ILCS 5/21-1.3 (charge / offense)
Criminal Sexual Abuse – 720 ILCS 5/11-1.50 or 720 ILCS 5/12-15 (charge / offense)
Criminal Trespass to Residence – 720 ILCS 5/19-4 (charge / offense)
Criminal Trespass to Vehicles – 720 ILCS 5/21-2 (charge / offense)
Deceptive Practices – 720 ILCS 5/17-1 (charge / offense)
Endangering the Life or Health of a Child – 720 ILCS 5/12-21.6 (charge / offense)
Interfering With the Reporting of Domestic Violence – 720 ILCS 5/12-3.5 or 720 ILCS 5/12-6.3 (charge /offense)
Obscenity – 720 ILCS 5/11-20 (charge / offense)
Patronizing a Prostitute – 720 ILCS 5/11-18 (charge / offense)
Possession of Cannabis (more than 10 grams but not more than 30 grams) – 720 ILCS 550/4 (charge / offense)
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 720 ILCS 600/3 (charge / offense)
Possession of Hypodermic Needles – 720 ILCS 635/4 (charge / offense)
Prostitution – 720 ILCS 5/11-14 (charge / offense)
Public Indecency – 720 ILCS 5/11-9 (charge / offense)
Reckless Conduct – 720 ILCS 5/12-5 (charge / offense)
Resisting or Obstructing a Police Officer – 720 ILCS 5/31-1 (charge / offense)
Retail Theft (shoplifting) – 720 ILCS 5/16-25 or 720 ILCS 5/16A-3 (charge / offense)
Solicitation for a Prostitute – 720 ILCS 5/11-15 (charge / offense)
Theft – 720 ILCS 5/16-1, 720 ILCS 5/16-2, 720 ILCS 5/16-3 (charge / offense)
Violation of an Order of Protection – 720 ILCS 5/12-30 (charge / offense)
The following is a list of Class B misdemeanor charges and offenses in Chicago and Illinois:
Criminal Trespass to Property – 720 ILCS 5/21-3 (charge / offense)
Harassment by Telephone – 720 ILCS 135-1-1 (charge / offense)
Possession of Cannabis (more than 2.5 grams but not more than 10 grams) – 720 ILCS 550/4 (charge / offense)
The following is a list of Class C misdemeanor offenses in Chicago and Illinois:
Assault – 720 ILCS 5/12-1 (charge / offense)
Disorderly Conduct – 720 ILCS 5/26-1 (charge / offense)
Possession of Cannabis (mot more than 2.5 grams) – 720 ILCS 550/4 (charge / offense)
Those accused of a misdemeanor charge or offense in the Chicago area can ensure optimal outcomes for their case by securing the services of the experienced Chicago criminal defense attorney Andrew M. Weisberg. Mr. Weisberg’s goal is to help all clients get the charges against them reduced, if not dropped altogether, so they can move on with their lives. Mr. Weisberg is satisfied with nothing less than the best possible outcome in your case. As a former prosecutor in Cook County, Mr. Weisberg understands criminal cases from all angles.
When arrested for and facing serious criminal charges, it is critical to find a great criminal defense lawyer who is at the top of his profession. Finding an experienced criminal defense attorney is the best thing you can do to protect your reputation and avoid jail time or prison time. Mr. Weisberg handles all felony and misdemeanor charges in all Cook County courthouses including Chicago (and all branch courts), Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood (Maybrook), Bridgeview and Markham.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a misdemeanor offense, contact Chicago criminal defense lawyer Andrew M. Weisberg to receive a strong defense. Mr. Weisberg is committed to offering the best possible defense and believes that a strong case starts with building a personalized relationship with the client.