mandatory minimum penalty

Summary of sentencing rules for misdemeanor offenders

December 5, 2011
Thumbnail image for Summary of sentencing rules for misdemeanor offenders

The potential penalties for a Class A misdemeanor offense include up to one year in the county jail and a maximum fine of $2500. Technically, a sentence of incarceration can last for only 364 days. A jail sentence of 365 days or more is only permissible for a felony offense. Additionally, any sentence lasting one […]

Read the full article

Two types of domestic battery and penalties

September 13, 2011
Thumbnail image for Two types of domestic battery and penalties

The law in Illinois provides that there are two types of domestic battery offenses. First, a person can be charged with domestic battery for causing bodily harm to any family or household member. Second, a person can also be charged with domestic battery for making contact of an insulting and provoking nature with any family […]

Read the full article

What is a Class X felony in Illinois?

February 22, 2010
Thumbnail image for What is a Class X felony in Illinois?

The Class X felony is, short of first degree murder, the most serious felony offense on the books in Illinois. Upon a finding of guilt, the court cannot sentence the defendant to probation. The offense has a mandatory minimum sentence of 6-30 years in the Department of Corrections. The judge must sentence the defendant to […]

Read the full article

I got a ticket for driving while suspended in Illinois and this is my second offense. What happens now?

February 20, 2010
Thumbnail image for I got a ticket for driving while suspended in Illinois and this is my second offense. What happens now?

Illinois law on driving while license suspended or revoked makes the second offense a very serious matter. Driving while license suspended or revoked is referred to as DWLS, DWLR, and 6-303 for the statutory section that governs the case. The statutory section, 625 ILCS 5/6-303, will appear on the traffic ticket. A second ticket for […]

Read the full article

What are the penalties in Illinois for driving on a suspended or revoked license?

February 20, 2010
Thumbnail image for What are the penalties in Illinois for driving on a suspended or revoked license?

If you are pulled over and your license is suspended because of a prior statutory summary suspension or DUI conviction, the penalties provided by Illinois law can be severe. Driving while suspended or revoked is a Class A misdemeanor offense. For all Class A misdemeanor offenses, the sentencing range is incarceration for up to one […]

Read the full article

What are the penalties for a second DUI offense in Illinois?

February 8, 2010
Thumbnail image for What are the penalties for a second DUI offense in Illinois?

A second offense for DUI in Illinois results in serious penalties including driver’s license revocation, jail for transportation a minor child, and felony charges for certain conditions.

Read the full article

What does it mean to resist arrest or obstruct a peace officer?

February 5, 2010
Thumbnail image for What does it mean to resist arrest or obstruct a peace officer?

Under Illinois law, a person who is arrested by a police officer but does not cooperate runs the risk of getting charged with resisting or obstructing a peace officer.

Read the full article