Getting arrested can be stressful. In the moments that follow an arrest, you are likely feeling scared, anxious, and perhaps even angry. You might feel that you will be convicted for sure – but this is not true. A strong defense strategy from an experienced criminal defense lawyer can demonstrate your innocence of the alleged criminal act.
Not all criminal offenses are equal. Relatively minor offenses, like harassment and possession of less than 2.5 grams of marijuana, are known as misdemeanors. More serious offenses, such as stalking and aggravated battery, are known as felonies. Within each category, there are multiple levels of classification. Even if your charge is for a seemingly minor offense, work with a criminal defense lawyer to defend your case. Having a conviction on your criminal record can impact your civil liberties and your ability to secure a job and housing later.
Depending on your previous criminal history, the nature of your charge, and personal details like your mental health and the presence of a substance abuse problem, you could qualify for a diversion program. These are programs that allow individuals to avoid criminal convictions and their penalties if the individuals successfully complete them. A few examples of diversion programs available in Illinois include:
Talk to your lawyer to determine if you qualify for a diversion program. This can help you avoid a conviction or allow you to expedite the expungement process.
The penalties that you face for a criminal charge depend on the level of the charge. Criminal charges are divided into two main categories: misdemeanors and felonies. They are then further divided within these categories, and these classifications are what determines the penalties an individual faces if he or she is convicted. They are as follows:
For certain convictions, such as murder, other penalties may be sentenced.
If you have been charged with any type of criminal offense, start working on your case with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Working with the right criminal defense lawyer can mean the difference between being convicted of your charge and having the charge lowered or even dismissed. Contact our team at Sabuco Beck, P.C. today to set up your initial consultation with us. We can help you determine the right legal strategy for your case.