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Chicago Misdemeanor Law

Misdemeanors are much less serious crimes than felonies with lesser penalties, such as probation, restitution, fines, forfeiture and jail time with a maximum penalty of one year in county jail. Community service may also be an aspect of the sentence for those found guilty of a misdemeanor.

Misdemeanors include, but are not limited to the following criminal activities:

  • DUI
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Unlawful Assembly
  • Public Intoxication
  • Battery
  • Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug possession (small amount)
  • Prostitution
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Gun Registration Offenses
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Misdemeanor Theft
  • Shoplifting (less than $150)

One of the most commonly prosecuted misdemeanor charges is a DUI (driving under the influence), which if repeated may become a felony. Some criminal activities that are misdemeanors may be elevated to felony charges if repeated or if they result in grave consequences. While not impacting people’s lives as greatly as felonies, misdemeanors still have significant repercussions on people’s lives, such as possible denial of professional licenses in certain fields and limited opportunities for employment. It is wise to seek legal counsel as soon as possible when facing misdemeanor charges. Many more people are charged with misdemeanors than with felonies.  Chicago criminal defense attorney Robert A. Loeb can explain the differences between a misdemeanor and a felony.  A skilled criminal defense attorney can help you understand your rights and provide a greater likelihood of avoiding more serious charges or consequences to your record.

To arrange a consultation to discuss your concerns regarding misdemeanor charges, please call 312-368-0611 or use our online quick contact email.


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