Cook County Criminal Law Attorney

Attorney Sandra L. Byrd welcomes the opportunity to discuss your legal situation. During your free initial consultation, you will understand why it makes sense to have her fighting in your corner. She is a highly rated criminal defense lawyer in Illinois. She has earned these accolades from her peers by continually pursuing justice for her clients. From trying murder cases to negotiating deals for first-time DUI offenders, Ms. Byrd has earned the respect of her clients and colleagues by working hard on every case to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Cook County, Illinois

The firm handles a wide spectrum of criminal law cases covering multiple areas of practice. Ms. Byrd has extensive experience handling all types of criminal and traffic matters including:

Explaining Felonies and Misdemeanors in Illinois

Felonies are serious offenses that carry harsh sentences. The effect of a felony can often outlast its penalties. The stigma of being a convicted felon can obstruct career paths and prevent better opportunities in life. Attorney Sandra L. Byrd works hard to prevent felony convictions and has saved many clients from having a felony on their record.

There are five categories of felonies. They are listed in order of severity:

  • Class X
  • Class 1
  • Class 2
  • Class 3
  • Class 4

Felonies carry terms in State prison of at least one year and the fines are higher than for misdemeanors. Convictions for certain felonies can result in a person spending the rest of their life in prison or if there are aggravating factors some offenders may also face extended prison terms.

Misdemeanors are less serious than felonies. All misdemeanors carry potential jail sentences but a person convicted of a misdemeanor cannot be sent to prison and cannot be sentenced to more than a year in county jail. In Illinois, there are three classes of misdemeanors. They are listed in order of severity:

  • Class A
  • Class B
  • Class C

Class A misdemeanors carry the most serious penalties including up to 364 days in jail and fines up to $2,500 for each offense. Sentencing may include additional terms such as probation, drug treatment, or community service.

There is often a fine line between certain misdemeanors and felonies. Certain aspects of a case may tip the scales in either direction, so it is imperative to choose your counsel wisely. If you are dealing with a criminal law matter, contact Attorney Sandra L. Byrd today for a free initial consultation. She will take the time to discuss your case with you thoroughly so you understand what you are facing. From her Chicago, Illinois office, she serves clients in Cook County, Chicagoland and beyond. Call (312) 928-1000 today.
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