Illinois Felonies Misdemeanors and felonies are often confused for one another.
There are a few ways of telling them apart. Misdemeanors carry
sentences of less than one year and are served in local or county
jails. Felonies carry sentences of one year or more and are served in a
state or federal prison. Some offenses can be classified as either
misdemeanors or felonies but which one depends on the severity of the
crime. Illinois has four classes of felonies that are numerical with an
added Class X Felony. Some Illinois felony classes can have the same
criminal offenses in more than one category. For example driving under
the influence can be under more than one class. Which class each crime
falls into depends on the circumstances of the crime and the severity
of the crime. An individual can receive more than one punishment under
different felonies at the same time. For example an individual can be
charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and sexual crimes at the
Felony Classes Class X Felonies are the most severe felonies in the state of
Illinois and can carry prison sentences between six years and thirty
years with, without, or instead of a fine up to twenty-five thousand
dollars. Class X Felonies include aggravated criminal sexual assault.
Class 1 Felonies can have charges between four years and fifteen years
in a state prison with, without, or instead of a twenty-five
thousand-dollar fine. This class of felonies includes kidnapping, drug
crimes, and criminal sexual assault.
Class 2 Felonies include theft, arson, burglary, sexual crimes, white
collar crimes, drug crimes, and robbery. Class 2 Felonies are
punishable by up to seven years in prison and as low as three years in
a state prison. This punishment can include a fine up to twenty-five
thousand dollars with, without or instead of a prison sentence. Class 3
Felonies can also have a twenty-five thousand-dollar fine instead of or
along with a prison sentence that can range between five years and two
years. A prison sentence can also be the only punishment.
Class 3 Felonies include aggravated crimes, theft, driving under the
influence, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and drug crimes. The
final Illinois felony category is the Class 4 Felony. This felony class
includes driving under the influence, stalking, bribery, felony
driving, and harassment. Class 4 Felonies are punishable by up to three
years in prison or as little as one year in prison. A fine up to
twenty-five thousand dollars can accompany a prison sentence or replace
a prison sentence.
Illinois Felony Expungement A majority of felony convictions in the state of Illinois are
not eligible for expungement. Unless a charge has been deemed nolle
posequi, a charge was dismissed, or the individual was found not guilty
of the offense, the charges will remain on his or her record. Some drug
crime offenses can be eligible for expungement five years after the
sentence has been completed and if all the necessary criteria have been
met. Driving under the influence charges can never be expunged.