CRIMINAL SENTENCING

There are 3 basic types of criminal offenses:

Traffic
Misdemeanor
Felony

   Most Traffic tickets, like speeding or failure to reduce speed to avoid
an accident are fine only offenses which means that the maximum
penalty is only a fine and no possibility of jail.  There are a few traffic
offenses, such as Overweight Trucking and Scott's Law Offenses, in
which the fine can be up to $10,000.  Any plea of guilty in a case
involving an accident may be used against you in Civil court.  A
conviction may also cause an increase in your insurance premiums.

   There are 3 types of
Misdemeanors.  The most serious Misdemeanor
offense is a Class A Misdemeanor.  It is punishable by up to a year in
jail and a $2500 fine.  A Class B Misdemeanor is punishable by up to 6
months in jail and up to a $1500 fine.  A Class C Misdemeanor is
punishable by up to 30 days in jail and up to a $1500 fine.  There are
also several additional conditions which can be placed on the
Defendant by the Court such as alcohol or drug counseling.

   There are 7 types of
Felony cases.  The most severe is Murder which is
punishable by the death penalty.  Habitual Criminal is punishable by life
in prison without the possibility of parole.  Class X Felony is
punishable by 6-30 years in jail and a $25,000 fine.  Class 1 is
punishable by 4-15 years and a $25,000 fine.  Class 2 is punishable by
3-7 years and a $25,000 fine.  Class 3 is punishable by 2-5 years and a
$25,000 fine.  Class 4 is punishable by 1-3 years and a $25,000 fine.  

   Extended term may also apply depending on an individual's prior
criminal history.  Extended term means that the maximum becomes the
minimum jail term and the new maximum is double the old maximum.  
There are also several additional conditions which can be placed on
the Defendant by the Court such as alcohol or drug counseling.    
Probation may also be an option in some felony cases.  You need a
lawyer who will fight for you to get the best possible outcome of your
case.



The information you obtain on this website is not, nor is it intended to
be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice
regarding your own situation.

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