Serious Misdemeanors

You might not realize this, but some misdemeanors are more serious than some felonies. The best way to illustrate this is by example and I will provide two.

First, consider Criminal Sexual Abuse, which can be Class A misdemeanor. Even though it is a misdemeanor in some cases, any person convicted of this crime will have to register as a sex offender. There is much more of a social stigma associated with being a registered sex offender than there is with having a felony history, especially where the felony arrest is of a type that will be eligible for sealing or expungement down the road.

Second, some misdemeanors are not entitled for day-for-day credit. The maximum penalty for a Class A misdemeanor is 364 days in the county jail. If a person is sentenced to 364 days in the county jail in a case where day-for-day credit does not apply, then that person will actually serve 364 days in jail. Compare this with a possible Illinois Department of Corrections sentence for a Class 4 felony. The sentencing range for a Class 4 is one to three years. With good-time credit, an inmate sentenced to one year in the Illinois Department of Corrections will serve much less than a year.

Jeremy J. Richey, Attorney at Law
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