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Chicago Felonies Law

The most serious crimes are categorized as felonies. Penalties for felonies range from one year to life in prison to capital punishment also referred to as the death penalty.

The federal government and thirty-eight out of fifty U.S. states impose the death penalty.
Illinois is one of the thirty-eight states that allows capital punishment for certain felonies.

The prosecution of felonies is heard in both state and federal courts. There are many different types of felonies some of which include, but are not limited to the following crimes:

  • Robbery
  • Stalking
  • Burglary
  • Rape
  • Homicide
  • Felony Murder
  • Grand Theft
  • Aggravated assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Hate Crime
  • Aiding, Advising or Encouraging Suicide
  • Violations of Federal Drug and Gun Laws
  • Drug crime
  • Unlawful possession of a weapon

Some criminal activities are classified as both misdemeanors and felonies, depending on the circumstances involved. Repeated criminal activities may be elevated to the level of a felony. Other criminal activities because of the gravity of the harm inflicted become felony charges. Drug crime, for example, becomes a felony depending on the quantity and type of drugs in possession. Grand theft is a felony and usually involves a value of property over $400-$500.

To arrange a consultation to discuss your concerns regarding felony charges with our Chicago criminal defense attorney, please call 312-368-0611 or use our online quick contact email.


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