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TONER LAW OFFICE
1216 SW Adams Street
Peoria, IL 61602
The Toner Law Office has successfully represented individuals accused misdemeanor and felony crimes in the Peoria Metropolitan Area for over 20 years; including Illinois residents of Pekin, Metamora, Mossville, Morton, Washington, Bloomington-Normal, Farmington, Bartonville, Galesburg, Knoxville, Monmouth, and Abingdon. Attorney Hugh Toner represents those accused of State and Federal crimes.

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Misdemeanor Offenses in Illinois

Misdemeanor offenses in Illinois are classified into three types. These three classes (Class A Misdemeanors, Class B Misdemeanors, and Class Misdemeanors) vary in severities based upon the specific crime and the actual outcome of your case.

All misdemeanors are serious because if convicted, “... it goes on your record.” A misdemeanor will almost inevitably appear on an employment background check. Once convicted or a guilty plea results it appears on your record permanently.

Because being convicted of a misdemeanor can negatively impact your future it’s wise to seek sound legal advice. A misdemeanor case that ends up in a not-guilty verdict or one that is dismissed, or reduced to a Class C Misdemeanor or deferred adjudication, may be eligible for an expungement (which essentially means the conviction or charge is erased as if it never existed).

Attorney Hugh Toner at the Toner Law Office in Peoria uses his familiarity with local courts and federal law to best defend those charged with misdemeanor offenses. He has practiced criminal defense law in Illinois for over twenty years and uses all his experience to build the best possible defense of the charges against you. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case and your criminal record, or lack thereof, Hugh will build you the best possible defense in an attempt to get the charges against you dismissed, get you acquitted at trial, or argue to lessen the charges against you if a plea bargain makes more sense. There are no guarantees, but in some cases, Hugh has successfully gotten his clients’ records sealed even when convicted. This means only law enforcement officials have access to your records and the general public does not.

Learn more about Eligibility for Expungement.

Class A Misdemeanor

Class A Misdemeanor convictions in Illinois are punishable by:
  • Up to one year in jail
  • Up to two years of probation (formal supervision), and
  • A fine of up to $2,500

Examples of Class A Misdemeanor offenses include but are not limited to:
  • Aggravated assault
  • Battery
  • Domestic battery
  • Property damage 
  • Patronizing a prostitute
  • Retail theft

Class B Misdemeanor

Class B Misdemeanor convictions in Illinois are punishable by:
  • Up to six months in jail
  • Up to two years of probation, and
  • A fine of up to $1,500

Examples of Class B Misdemeanor offenses include but are not limited to:
  • Criminal Trespassing
  • Harassment by telephone

Class C Misdemeanor

Class C misdemeanor convictions in Illinois are punishable by:
  • Up to 30 days in jail
  • Up to two years of probation, and
  • A fine of up to $1,500

Examples of Class C Misdemeanor offenses include but are not limited to:
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Simple Assault

In other jurisdictions, Class C Misdemeanors include crimes such as:
  • Vandalism - Graffiti
  • Issuing a bad check
  • Abandoning a child in a vehicle
  • Public intoxication
  • Possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle
  • Dangerous use of a laser pointer

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All misdemeanors (Class A, Class B, and Class C) are subject to a statute of limitations in Illinois of 18 months. A statute of limitations is a time limit, after which time criminal prosecution is no longer permitted. The time limit begins when the crime is committed.
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