Are you facing charges for a Class 1 Felony in Chicago? If so, it is important to understand the potential consequences of a conviction. Class 1 Felonies are among the most serious crimes in Illinois and carry significant penalties. Hiring a Chicago criminal defense attorney can be helpful in getting the prosecution to reduce the Class 1 Felony charges you face to less serious offenses.
Class 1 Felony Offenses in Chicago
Many crimes can be classified as a Class 1 Felony when aggravating factors are present. Aggravating factors that can result in a Class 1 Felony charge include the use of a firearm, possession of a large quantity of illicit drugs, and causing great bodily harm or death.
Class 1 Felonies in Chicago include, but are limited to:
- Second degree murder;
- Sexual assault;
- Aggravated robbery;
- Residential burglary;
- Possession of LSD, Heroin, Cocaine, or Amphetamines;
- Cultivation of 200 or more marijuana plants; and
- Theft of property in excess of $10,000.
Criminal Sentence for a Class 1 Felony
Imprisonment and Fines
In Illinois, a Class 1 Felony (other than second-degree murder) is punishable by 4 and 15 years in an Illinois state prison and fines of up to $25,000. If aggravating factors (e.g., great bodily harm or disfigurement, elderly or disabled victim) are present the penalties for your Class 1 Felony can be extended. An extended term Class 1 Felony is punishable by 15 to 30 years in an Illinois state prison.
Alternative Sentencing Options
Illinois law permits a judge to impose alternative sentencing options in certain cases. This can reduce the severity of the penalty that is imposed following a conviction. Alternative sentencing can include terms of probation of up to 4 years, conditional discharge, periodic imprisonment, impact incarceration/boot camp, and fines.
Are you or someone you love facing Class 1 Felony charges in Chicago? If so, do not hesitate to contact the Kostopoulos Law Group for assistance with your criminal defense. Our experienced defense lawyers have over 30 years of combined legal experience and know how to get you the best possible outcome in your case. Contact us today to set up a free consultation to learn about how we can help to get a reduction or dismissal of the criminal charges in your case.