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Felonies are classified as follows: First degree murder (as a separate class of felony), Class X felonies, Class 1 felonies, Class 2 felonies, Class 3 felonies, Class 4 felonies. Felony charges are more serious than Misdemeanors. Class 4 is the lowest level charge, and First Degree murder is the most serious. For more information on classification see our article on the subject.
We put the work into defending our clients starting with relevant pre-trial motions such as motions for discovery, motions to suppress, and motions to exclude.
At the Kibler Law Office, we don’t shy away from tough cases. We believe that each client deserves quality, effective representation. If it is agreeable to you, we can work towards plea a outcome or, we can press through to a bench or jury trial.
Contact us today so that we can advise you on your rights!
Misdemeanors are classified as follows: Class A misdemeanors, Class B misdemeanors, Class C misdemeanors. Class A misdemeanors are more serious than Class B Misdemeanors, carrying a maximum sentence if convicted of up to 364 days in jail, fines of up to $2,500, and restitution. Class B misdemeanors are more serious than Class C misdemeanors. For more information on misdemeanor classifications and possible sentences see our article on the subject.
An important subject to consider when deciding how to respond to a misdemeanor charge is what the collateral consequence(s) are to a conviction. Collateral consequences are consequences other than confinement or fines and may include: loss of Fire Arm Owner ID privileges, loss of driving privileges, registering as a sex offender and, difficulty with future employment. You deserve a criminal defense attorney who can give you advice that takes into consideration the collateral consequences that can affect you.
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Traffic & DUI
Most traffic tickets are for fines only so many people do not consider talking to an attorney about them. What many fail to realize is that even less serious tickets can cause you to accumulate “points” on your license. If you have enough points then your driving privileges can be suspended. For this reason it is always a good idea to seek legal council to consider your options after receiving a ticket.
DUI, Driving While Suspended, and Driving While Revoked can have more immediate and serious consequences for your ability to drive. In some cases, an automatic summary suspension can go into affect as soon as the police issue the ticket. In others, a conviction can result in an extended suspension or revocation period. We help people fight and mitigate the consequences of being charged with one of these offenses. We are ready to provide advice and representation all the way from bail through criminal court and to the Illinois Secretary of State in order to help you get back on the road.
Contact us today and set up a consultation so that we can learn how we can help you get back on track.
For some criminal charges there is a set amount of bond that the police can immediately say needs to be paid to be released from jail. But for other charges there will have to be a “bail hearing” held in court to determine the amount of bond to be set. Unfortunately, many courts simply ask the state’s attorney what amount of bond they would like to have set before adopting that recommendation without any input from the Defendant. This is wrong.
The law requires that the court set bond at the lowest amount necessary to compel and assure the Defendant’s presence at future hearings. An attorney can advocate for you at the bail hearing to have less or no bond set – this is known as being released on a “recognizance bond”.
If the court has already set bond and it is too high then an attorney can file a motion to reduce bond.
Contact us today to set up a consultation so that we can help you make bond.
If a Defendant is found guilty a judge must determine what sentence the Defendant should receive from the sentencing rage which applies to their charges. For more information about sentencing ranges see our article on the subject.
Sentencing hearings are held after an open plea of guilty, bench trial, or jury trial. At a sentencing hearing a Judge considers (1) the evidence at trial, (2) a pre-sentence report, (3) the financial impact of incarceration on the State of Illinois, (4) aggravating or mitigating information, (5) substance abuse treatment eligibility, (6) arguments about the sentencing alternatives, (6) the Defendant’s statement on his own behalf, (7) a victims statement.
The court will also consider whether the Defendant is “extended term eligible” and, if the Defendant is found guilty of more than one offense, whether the sentences should run “concurrently” or “consecutively”.
As Defense Attorneys, our job at a sentencing hearing is to present mitigating information and to argue for the best possible sentence. We consider your entire case including, sentencing hearing aspects from the very beginning of a case.
Contact us today and schedule a consult so that we can learn how we can help!
Appeals & Post-Conviction Petitions
Defendants generally have 30 days from a jury verdict or bench trial ruling to appeal the decision. So, delay can be a fatal error.
In rare cases convictions can be “vacated” regardless of the amount of time that has passed. An example of this is a conviction under Illinois’ old Unlawful Use of Weapon and Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon statutes.
Contact us today for a consult to discuss how we can help with your appeal or post-conviction petition.
Expungement, Sealing, & Petitions for Clemency
Is your criminal record holding you back? We help people with criminal history get a clear record. Some people qualify for expungement or sealing. If you don’t qualify then a petition for executive clemency or a petition for relief from disability can be filed. Contact us today and schedule a consultation to see how we can help you clear your record.
Criminal Defense Articles
Charged with an “Attempt” offense? Have you or someone you care about been charged with committing an attempt offense like “attempted battery” or, “attempted theft”? In Illinois the addition of the word “attempted” to a charge changes: What the State has to prove; and, The potential consequences if the Defendant is found guilty. What the…
When someone makes an allegation that your child has been abused or neglected in the State of Illinois, the State has the power to immediately take your children if, the State believes the allegations endanger your child or children. Not only do they have that power but they are mandated to do so and by law…
If you are a working parent you are probably wondering what you will do with your children during the summer. This begs the question: “In Illinois, how old does a child have to be before you can leave them at home alone?” The general rule is that parents can provide the amount and type of…
Criminal offenses in Illinois generally fit into three broad categories: Business and Petty Offenses, Misdemeanors, and Felonies. Misdemeanor sentences are less serious than Felonies. Misdemeanor Sentences: Class A – Up to a year in jail; Fine up to $2,500. Class B – Up to 6 mo. in jail; Fine up to $1,500. Class C – Up to…