Criminal Sentencing in Illinois: What are the Potential Penalties?
Criminal offenses in Illinois are grouped into three major categories based on their sentencing range: petty and business offenses, misdemeanors, and felonies.
Petty and business offenses are not punishable by jail time. A business offense carries a potential fine greater than $1,000, while a petty offense carries a potential fine of less than $1,000. Misdemeanors are any offense punishable by up to one year in jail. Misdemeanors in Illinois are categorized as class C, B, or A. Felonies are any offense punishable by more than one year in prison. Felonies are classified as class 4, 3, 2, 1, or X.
The following chart provides a general overview of the different consequences of criminal offenses. Please note that this is not exhaustive. Some criminal offenses carry additional consequences or mandatory minimums based on the offense. In addition, some criminal offenses may have consequences outside of a criminal sentence, such as loss of driving privileges or loss of ability to own a firearm. It is important to consult with an attorney if you are charged with a criminal offense.