A misdemeanor charge is a criminal offense that doesn’t carry the severe penalties that a felony charge carries, but it’s still more serious than a minor traffic citation or infraction. The law divides misdemeanor charges up into 3 major categories and each carry their own minimum sentencing rules, including fines and fees. Below is a short description of the different misdemeanor charges:


Crimes against the person

·         Harassment

·         Assault and battery

·         False imprisonment

Note: If the crime includes the use of a weapon, the seriousness of the offense would rise to the level of felony charges.


Crimes against property

·         Theft

·         Breaking and entering

·         Larceny

·         Burglary

·         Shoplifting


Crimes against public safety or public order

·         Minor in possession

·         DWI

·         Prostitution

·         Noise violations

·         Disorderly conduct, such as public intoxication

·         Open alcohol container violations


Generally, jail time for misdemeanor crimes is less than a year and involves a fine of less than $10,000.


Have you been charged with a misdemeanor crime? Don’t make the mistake of representing yourself. These crimes can have valid defenses, such as coercion, self-defense, and more. You need a lawyer familiar with misdemeanor laws in your state to help you win your case.


If you’re facing a court date in Illinois, contact the Law Offices of Winter-Black & Baker. Our team of criminal defense lawyers specialize in misdemeanor crimes. We’ll work with you to understand the situation fully and put together a sound legal defense. The criminal lawyers at Winter-Black & Baker have years of trial experience. We commit to stand by your side during difficult times by giving your case the personal attention it deserves and using our knowledge of criminal law to get you the best outcome possible.


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