Aggressive and Knowledgeable  CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY Representing People Against Felony Indictments

If you’ve been charged in Illinois with a felony offense, you are charged with a crime that is punishable by a minimum of one year or more in prison and fines of $25,000.00 or more. Felony convictions carry severe consequences including: a lifetime criminal record that, in most cases, cannot be removed from your record and follow you for the rest of your life, being forced to submit your DNA to the state of Illinois, costly fines, the loss of constitutional rights including the ability to vote and possess a firearm, having to notify neighbors of your felony status in some cases, the loss of employment opportunities and the stigma of being a “convicted felon”.

There are important differences between being charged with a felony and being charged with a misdemeanor offense.

These differences affect:

  • how much your case will cost
  • how long your case will go on for
  • the amount of jail or prison time you face if found guilty
  • the amount of fine you could receive if found guilty
  • your ability to vote
  • your right to serve on a jury
  • your ability to possess a firearm

Did you know that a felony conviction will prevent you from employment with the federal government, including the United States military? With a felony conviction you will be excluded from government aid, even if you’ve paid into those programs such as: Social Security and Unemployment, federal grants and loans, eligibility for Section 8 housing and food stamps.

If you are a professional, or pursuing a professional degree, a felony conviction may prevent you from, or revoke, your professional license.

With the proper representation and presentation to a court or prosecutor, probation is an option for some people charged with felonies, but even probation carries lifelong consequences. For some people, probation is not an option and they are facing long prison sentences in the Illinois Department of Corrections based on their criminal history or the nature of the charges against them. Whether a defendant receives probation, a dismissal or is sentenced to prison depends heavily on their representation and the ability and talent of their criminal defense attorney.

Common felony charges include:

  • Murder
  • Drug Crimes
  • Weapons Offenses
  • Sex Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Assault & Battery
  • Theft
  • DUI

 In Illinois, felonies are categorized into six classes which include:

Class of Felony

Punishment

Class 1 Felony 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections
Class 2 Felony 3-7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections
Class 3 Felony 2-5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections
Class 4 Felony 1-3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections
Class X Felony 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections

 Attorney Purav Bhatt is a criminal defense attorney practicing across Illinois. If you or a loved one has been arrested for a criminal offense please contact The Law Office of Purav Bhatt at 773-791-9682 to discuss your matter.