Felony Lawyer

An aggressive and knowledgeable CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER representing people against felony indictments

If you’ve been charged with a felony in Illinois, you are facing a minimum of a year (or more) in prison and fines that can go into the tens of thousands of dollars. Felony convictions also carry other 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. You can be forced to submit your DNA to the state of Illinois, pay costly fines, and lose your constitutional right to vote and possess a firearm. In some cases you may need to notify neighbors of your felony status, could lose of employment opportunities, and then there’s the social stigma of being a “convicted felon.” That’s why choosing the right felony attorney is crucial. Your future literally depends on it. 

Chicago Felony FAQs

What is a felony?2022-07-13T19:10:28+00:00

A felony is a serious crime. In Illinois, a felony is generally a crime that can come with a prison sentence of one or more years. Common felony charges include: Murder, Drug Crimes, Weapon Offenses, Sex Crimes, Domestic Violence, Assault & Battery, Theft, or even DUIs

What’s the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?2022-07-13T19:11:34+00:00

The difference between a felony and a misdemeanor is mainly in the severity of the crime and the punishment. These differences affect:

  • How much your case will cost
  • How long your case will go on
  • 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

A felony is more expensive, will likely go on longer, have increased jail or prison time, have higher fines, and could take away your ability to vote, serve on a jury, and ability to possess a firearm.

What other consequences are there for felony charges?2022-07-11T18:48:21+00:00

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

What does “Class 1 Felony” mean?2022-07-11T18:43:55+00:00

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

Class of Felony


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

A Knowledgeable Felony Attorney

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.

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.

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