If you have been charged with a crime in Illinois, the severity of the consequences you may face will often depend on if you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. Generally, more serious crimes are classified as felonies, which carry the most serious penalties, while less severe crimes are classified as misdemeanors, which typically result in less significant consequences. A criminal defense attorney can give you the best chance at avoiding a criminal conviction by helping you come up with an effective defense strategy.
In some criminal cases, people seemingly were in the wrong place at the wrong time or were just trying to help a loved one. They may not even believe that they truly broke the law until they faced criminal charges.
Possession of a controlled substance is a crime in Illinois and the severity of the crime will depend on a number of factors. Possession of cocaine is classified as a Class 1 Felony in Illinois and can result in anywhere from four to 50 years in prison and up to $200,000 in fines, depending on the quantity of drugs in your possession.
An Illinois man was recently arrested and is facing DUI charges after he fell asleep in his running vehicle. Officers alleged that the man's running vehicle was in the thru lane of traffic in a parking lot on the south side of a parking garage.
A Chicago woman was charged with a felony DUI after a sole-vehicle accident left a 70-year-old man dead. The woman was driving a vehicle that hit the I-55 overpass, causing the vehicle to flip onto its side. The man was a passenger in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman and another passenger were treated for injuries, and the woman was later charged with aggravated DUI and DUI. The woman is being held in county jail and her bail has been set at $100,000. She will need to post $10,000 to be released. DUI charges can be reduced or dismissed if the right DUI defense strategy is used.