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Misdemeanors In Illinois

Misdemeanors in Illinois are classified according to their severity. There are three levels of felony in the state.


Class A - Up to 364 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2500.

Class B - Up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1500.

Class C - Up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1500.

Misdemeanors In Iowa

There are three levels of misdemeanor charges in Iowa.


Aggravated Misdemeanor - Up to two years in prison or one year in jail and/or a fine between $500 and $5,000.

Serious Misdemeanor - Up to one year in jail and/or a fine between $250 and $1,500.

Simple Misdemeanor - Up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine between $50 and $500.


If you are arrested and charged with a crime of any level, the most important step you can take is to call a skilled misdemeanor criminal defense attorney the moment you are given the opportunity to make a phone call. Even a misdemeanor conviction can be life changing. The team at Paulson and Vandersnick can help you conduct a thorough and professional defense to make sure your constitutional rights are protected every step of the way.

The attorneys at Paulson and Vandersnick will not stop until we achieve the best possible outcome on your behalf. Contact us today or call us in Illinois or Iowa to discuss your misdemeanor criminal defense strategy.

Let us help you plan for the best possible outcome in your misdemeanor case. Don’t wait to retain the legal representation you need to protect your future!


Some Misdemeanor Examples

The following are common misdemeanor crimes:

  • Alcohol Offenses

  • Traffic Violations

  • Drug Offenses

  • Assault

  • Theft

  • Trespassing

  • Resisting Arrest

  • Fraud

  • Domestic Violence

Consequences of a Misdemeanor ConvictionThough not typically as severe as felonies, a misdemeanor conviction can still significantly impact your future. Even a minor misdemeanor conviction can destroy your future employment prospects. Additionally, misdemeanor charges might even keep you from being accepted into the college you desire to attend if the charge remains on your record.

Alternative Misdemeanor PunishmentsJust because you are charged with a misdemeanor does not mean you are guilty. You may not have to incur a fine or spend time in the local or county jail if charged. With an experienced attorney at your side, you may be able to have the charges reduced or dropped. And if not, you may be able to make restitution in alternate ways, including probation, conditional discharge, home detention, or community service.

Free Consultation for Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Charges 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 Illinois and Iowa criminal defense attorneys Paulson and Vandersnick to schedule your free consultation regarding your case.

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