There are three main categories of criminal offenses in Illinois, including crimes against other people, offenses involving property, and crimes against the public. Depending on what a person has been accused of, the penalties for offenses that fall under these categories can include jail time and hefty fines. With so much at stake, it is critical for defendants who are being investigated for or have been charged with a criminal offense in Illinois, to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who will aggressively defend their interests.
At Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino, P.C., we represent clients who have been accused of crimes that fall under all three categories of offenses, including:
The penalties that a person faces if convicted depends on a series of factors, including the severity of the crime, the defendant’s prior criminal history, whether any victims sustained a physical injury during the commission of the offense, and the defendant’s age.
Criminal charges can only be filed against someone in Illinois if the prosecution can establish that the offense was committed in Illinois, or falls within other specific exceptions as detailed by the law.
As long as the conduct or result of a crime qualifies as at least one element of an offense and occurs in Illinois, a crime will be considered to have taken place partly in the state.
Even relatively minor offenses can be elevated to serious crimes when certain aggravating circumstances exist. Those who are charged with a felony offense, for example, face much more severe penalties if they were in possession of a firearm when the crime was allegedly committed. This is true even if a person did not use or brandish a weapon, but only carried it on or about his or her person during the commission of an offense. If this aggravating circumstance can be proved, a defendant could spend a minimum of 15 years in prison. Other aggravating circumstances include participating in gang activity, using body armor for an unlawful purpose, and interfering with public contracting.
Being convicted of a criminal offense can have far reaching consequences. For example, defendants who are convicted will have a permanent criminal record, which can make it difficult to find work or housing. To ensure that you have the best chance of avoiding these types of consequences, please contact one of the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino, P.C. by calling (815) 730-8860 today.
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