Felony Bonds and Electronic Monitoring

Felony bond hearings take place just after an arrest occurs. Relevant facts pertaining to the Defendant’s criminal background, family history, work history, and other factors are taken into consideration in order to set the Defendant’s bond. Bonds vary depending on the severity of the alleged crime.

UUW, Aggravated UUW, and Crimes of Violence

Arrested? Protect your rights with an aggressive criminal defense attorney for all manner of alleged offenses, including DUI and related Traffic matters, Violent Crimes, Firearm Violations, Drug Possession, Fraud, and all other State & Federal criminal Misdemeanors, Felonies, and Appeals in the state of Illinois.

Possession of Controlled Substance, Manufacturing, and Delivery

Arrested? Protect your rights with an aggressive criminal defense attorney for all manner of alleged offenses, including DUI and related Traffic matters, Violent Crimes, Firearm Violations, Drug Possession, Fraud, and all other State & Federal criminal Misdemeanors, Felonies, and Appeals in the state of Illinois.

2019 Illinois Criminal Sentencing Guidelines

How does criminal sentencing work in the United States generally?

In the United States, sentencing law varies by jurisdiction. Since the US Constitution is the supreme law of the land, all sentences in the United States must conform to the requirements of the Constitution, which sets basic mandates while leaving the bulk of policy-making up to the states.

Who is primarily responsible for handing down criminal sentences?

Despite the continued growth of federal criminal law, the vast majority of criminal sentencing takes place in state and local courts. Except for death penalty cases (which are exceptionally rare), juries generally have little involvement in sentencing, which is typically left to the discretion of the presiding judge. Sentences are typically pronounced by the judge in a separate hearing, after the jury (or other finder of fact) has issued findings of fact and a guilty verdict, and in some cases after the probation department has carried out a pre-sentence investigation. The structure and jurisdiction of courts within a state are typically governed by state law, as are sentences and sentencing guidelines and regimes. There is enormous substantive and procedural difference between the criminal laws of the fifty states and the various federal territories and enclaves.

What happens at a sentencing hearing in Illinois?

Illinois statutory law outlines a specific set of best practices and procedures which allow judges great latitude in sentencing, however certain mitigating factors may be raised by competent counsel which can help to adjust a sentence during the court’s review. Such review will typically take place during the sentencing hearing.

State Classification of Crime

Murder – 1st Degree

Standard Prison or Jail Term

Life, No Parole

Possible Extended Term

Possible Probation Term

Not Allowed

Mandatory Supervised Release

3 Years

Maximum Fees, Fines, and Costs

$25,000

Murder – 1st Degree

20-60 Years

60-100 Years

Not Allowed

3 Years

$25,000

Murder – 2nd Degree

4-20 Years

15-30 Years

4 Years

2 Years

$25,000

Habitual Criminal

Life, No Parole

Not Allowed

Class X – Felony

6-30 Years

30-60 Years

Not Allowed

3 Years

$25,000 or more by Court Order

Class 1 – Felony

4-15 Years

15-30 Years

Up to 4 Years

2 Years

$25,000 or more by Court Order

Class 2 – Felony

3-7 Years

7-14 Years

Up to 4 Years

2 Years

$25,000 or more by Court Order

Class 3 – Felony

2-5 Years

5-10 Years

Up to 2.5 Years

1 Years

$25,000 or more by Court Order

Class 4 – Felony

1-3 Years

3-6 Years

Up to 2.5 Years

1 Years

$25,000 or more by Court Order

Class A – Misdemeanor

Under 1 Year

Up to 2 Years

$2,500

Class B – Misdemeanor

Up to 6 Months

Up to 2 Years

$1,500

Class C – Misdemeanor

Up to 30 Days

Up to 2 Years

$1,500

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In re: People of the State of Illinois v. Patrick, Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois

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