Buffalo Grove Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you were arrested or charged with a crime in Buffalo Grove, IL, you should call Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC to discuss your legal options. We could represent you in your case and defend you against the criminal charge you face.

The consequences of an arrest can follow you for the rest of your life. It’s scary knowing you could face imprisonment if you’re convicted of a criminal offense. Even if the charges get dropped, you still have to deal with the negative impact of the arrest. It could ruin your reputation and cost you your job.

At Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC, we know the uphill battle ahead of you. Fighting a criminal charge can be complicated and overwhelming to handle alone. You need a legal team by your side to advocate for your rights and guide you through legal proceedings.

Call (312) 644-0444 today for a free consultation with one of our Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyers and let us help you create a defense to try to get the charges against you dropped or reduced.

Criminal Defense Cases Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC Handles

Since 1990, we have represented Buffalo Grove clients in a range of criminal cases, including:

  • Assault and battery
  • Solicitation and prostitution
  • Criminal damage to property and criminal trespass
  • Bail bond violations
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Domestic violence
  • Crimes by a minor
  • Drug crimes and controlled substances
  • Expungement
  • Theft, robbery, and burglary
  • Murder and reckless homicide
  • Guns and weapons
  • Harassment
  • Aggravated speeding
  • Resisting and obstruction
  • Identity theft
  • Kidnapping
  • DUI
  • Marijuana possession
  • Petty offenses, misdemeanors, and felonies
  • Retail theft
  • Sex offenses
  • Protective orders
  • License reinstatement
  • Suspended or revoked driver’s license
  • Traffic violations

You deserve the chance to defend yourself against any of these charges. Reach out to Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC right now to discuss your case and learn what we can do for you.

Sentencing Guidelines for Crimes in Illinois

Every criminal offense is either a felony or a misdemeanor. Both categories of crimes have sub-categories, indicating which sentencing guideline courts must follow when determining the defendant’s prison sentence.

Examples of Class C misdemeanors include:

  • Disorderly conduct
  • Simple assault
  • Illegally storing a gun, knowing a child under 14 years old is likely to gain access to it

Sentencing for class C misdemeanors can include:

  • Imprisonment for up to 30 days
  • Probation not to exceed two years
  • Fine between $75 and $1,500

Class B misdemeanors involve offenses, such as:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Possession of fewer than 30 grams of cannabis but more than 10 grams
  • Criminal trespass to real property

Sentencing for class B misdemeanors can include:

  • No more than six months of imprisonment
  • Fine between $75 and $1,500
  • Up to two years of probation
  • Restitution

Class A misdemeanors include crimes, such as:

  • Simple battery
  • Violating a protective order
  • Theft

Sentencing for class A misdemeanors can include:

  • Less than one year in prison
  • Fine between $75 and $2,500
  • No more than a two-year probation
  • Restitution

Felonies are more serious crimes than misdemeanors. These offenses include five classes, indicating the type and severity of the crime and sentencing guidelines.

Class 4 felonies are the least severe types of felonies a person can commit in Illinois. They include crimes, such as:

  • Identity theft
  • Aggravated assault
  • Possession of a controlled substance

Sentencing for class 4 felonies can include:

  • Between 1 and 3 years in prison (extended term of 3 to 6 years)
  • Periodic imprisonment for no more than 18 months
  • Up to 30 months of probation or conditional discharge
  • Fine according to 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-50(b)

Class 3 felonies involve offenses, such as:

  • Possession of fewer than five grams of meth
  • Theft of property with a value between $500 and $10,000
  • Aggravated battery in specific places, such as a place of worship

Sentencing for class 3 felonies can include:

  • Imprisonment term between 2 and 5 years (5 to 10 years for an extended term)
  • Up to an 18-month periodic imprisonment
  • Fine according to 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-50(b)
  • No more than 30 months of probation or conditional discharge

Examples of class 2 felonies include crimes, such as:

  • Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Possession of a stolen firearm

Sentencing for class 2 felonies can include:

  • 3 to 7 years in prison (extended term between 7 and 14 years)
  • Maximum of 4 years of probation or conditional discharge
  • Periodic imprisonment between 18 and 30 months
  • Fine according to 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-50(b)

Class 1 felonies involve criminal offenses, such as:

  • Sexual assault
  • Burglary
  • Theft for up to $100,000 in value of the stolen property

Sentencing for class 1 felonies can include:

  • Imprisonment between 4 and 15 years (15 to 30 years of an extended term)
  • Periodic imprisonment between 3 and 4 years
  • Fine according to 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-50(b)
  • No more than four years of probation or conditional discharge

Class X felonies are the most severe non-homicide crimes in Illinois. They include offenses, such as:

  • Manufacturing 15 grams or more of methamphetamine
  • Home invasion
  • Criminal sexual assault of a minor

Sentencing for class X felonies can include:

  • Imprisonment up to 30 years but not less than six years (extended term between 30 and 60 years)
  • Fine according to 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-50(b)

Common Defenses Used Against Illinois Criminal Offenses

At Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC, our criminal defense lawyers in Buffalo Grove, IL, are familiar with the various defense strategies used in criminal cases. After reviewing the circumstances of the offense you were charged with, we will determine which defense could get the charges reduced, or your case dismissed entirely.

The most common defenses include:

  • Violation of a Constitutional right
  • Alibi
  • Under the influence at the time of the crime
  • Coercion or duress
  • Innocence
  • Affirmative defenses

You can depend on our legal team to go to battle for you. The prosecution’s job is to prove you’re guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The only thing we need to do is instill doubt in the jurors’ minds.

Contact Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC Today

At Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC, we believe everyone deserves their day in court. You have a right to a fair trial to defend yourself against the charge you face. Our Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyers are ready to take on your case and aggressively fight the prosecution to try to reach your desired outcome.

Contact Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC at (312) 644-0444 for your free consultation if you were arrested or charged with a crime in Illinois. We will get started on creating a legal defense to secure your freedom and future.