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When Facing A Felony Charge, Don't Trust Your Freedom

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Felonies In Illinois

Felonies in Illinois are classified according to their severity. There are five levels of felony in the state.


Class X Felony - A Class X felony is the most serious type of felony in Illinois. It’s punishable by 6 to 30 years in prison, though an extended term Class X felony can result in 30 to 60 years of imprisonment.

Class 1 Felony - A Class 1 felony is punishable by 4 to 15 years in prison. An extended term Class 1 felony can result in 15 to 30 years of imprisonment.

Class 2 Felony - A Class 2 felony is punishable by 3 to 7 years in prison. An extended term Class 2 felony can result in 7 to 14 years of imprisonment.

Class 3 Felony - A Class 3 felony is punishable by 2 to 5 years in prison. An extended term Class 3 felony can result in 5 to 10 years of imprisonment.

Class 4 Felony - A Class 4 felony is punishable by 1 to 3 years in prison. An extended term Class 4 felony is punishable by 3 to 6 years in prison.

Felonies In Iowa

There are four levels of felony charges in Iowa.


Class A Felony - A Class A felony is the most serious type of felony, punishable by life imprisonment. Sexual assaults that cause serious injury are Class A felonies.

Class B Felony - A Class B felony is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. (Iowa Code § 902.9.) Possession of between 100 and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana is a Class B felony.

Class C Felony - Class C felonies are punishable


by a prison term of up to ten years and a fine of $1,000 to $10,000. For example, assaults that are intended to and do cause serious injury are punishable as Class C felonies.

Class D Felony - A class D felony is punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of $750 to $7,500. Pimping, for example, is a Class D felony.


If you are arrested and charged with a crime, the first thing you should do is call an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our attorneys can help you conduct a thorough and professional investigation into the details surrounding your charges. We will make sure your rights are protected every step of the way.

No matter how severe the charges, we will not stop until we achieve the best possible outcome on your behalf. Contact us in Illinois or Iowa to discuss your felony criminal defense strategy. Let us help you plan for the best possible outcome in your felony case.

When you call us, you will speak with one of our attorneys and schedule a free consultation at a time that works best for your schedule. Don’t wait to retain the legal representation you need to protect your future!


Possible Felony Punishments

Felony charges represent the most serious types of crimes, with severe punishment possibilities including:

  • A life-long felony record

  • State or federal imprisonment

  • Probation or parole

  • Significant fines

  • Loss of the right to possess deadly weapons

  • Loss of occupational licensing

  • Loss of right to vote

Punishment Dependencies

The likelihood of any of the above consequences depends on:

  • The severity of the harm done

  • Mitigating/aggravating circumstances of your case

  • Attitude of community and court toward this type of crime

  • Prior convictions

  • Currently on probation or parole

  • Whether or not a weapon is used

Civil Liabilities

You can also be held civilly liable to the victim in a private lawsuit. You may be required to pay money for the victim’s:

  • Physical injuries

  • Discomfort (pain and suffering)

  • Direct out-of-pocket medical expenses

  • Lost time from work

  • Emotional injuries

Free Consultation for Felony Criminal Defense Cases in Illinois and Iowa

If you have been charged with a serious crime, you simply cannot afford to put your future in the hands of an inexperienced defense lawyer. Contact our Illinois and Iowa criminal defense attorneys Paulson to schedule your free consultation regarding your case.

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