Illinois Felony Attorney
If you or a loved one has been charged with a serious crime, it’s critically important to hire an experienced criminal law attorney. Everyone deserves a strong defense. At the Law Offices of Peter M. Tumminaro, we offer clients tough advocacy and personalized legal counsel. No case is exactly the same, and we take the time to thoroughly investigate every case we take to ensure our clients’ rights are protected throughout the legal process.
Understanding Felonies in Illinois
In the United States, a felony is a crime that is punishable by more than 1 year in prison. (Crimes that are punishable by imprisonment of 1 year or less are called misdemeanors). In Illinois, there are five classifications of felonies. In descending order of severity they are:
- Class X Felony—Punishable by 6-30 years in prison (i.e. armed robbery, attempted murder, theft over $500,000)
- Class 1 Felony—Punishable by 4-15 years in prison (i.e. aggravated robbery, criminal sexual assault, theft over $100,000)
- Class 2 Felony—Punishable by 3-7 years in prison (i.e. burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated criminal sexual abuse)
- Class 3 Felony—Punishable by 2-5 years in prison (i.e. aggravated battery, forgery, drug possession—larger amounts)
- Class 4 Felony—Punishable by 1-3 years in prison (i.e. retail theft, domestic battery, drug possession – small amounts)
While murder is a felony, sentences for murder are different from sentences for other felonies. Murder convictions are typically punishable by 20-60 years in prison or life in prison. The death penalty was abolished in the State of Illinois in 2011.
Felony Case Successes
In a Felony case involving a conviction for a Sex Offense in Lake County a Post Conviction Petition was filed which after hearing, resulted in all charges being dismissed by the prosecutor
In a Felony case involving a conviction for the offense of Bribery in DuPage County the conviction was overturned and the felony charge dismissed based upon the failure of the arresting police officer to administer Miranda warnings to the client, thereby ending a 1 ½ year incarceration by The Department of Homeland Security of the client who was an illegal alien
In a Felony case involving a the offense of Aggravated Battery ( to a police officer ) in Cook County our firm obtained a reducer of the felony battery charge to misdemeanor battery and persuaded the Court to give the client a sentence involving no jail time, over the objection of the prosecutor
In a Felony case involving the offense of Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon in DuPage County, at trial, at the end of the State’s case, there was a finding of not guilty as to 15 counts charged against the client. The Court found the client guilty of the sixteenth count, alleging that the client, who was on parole, had possessed “brass knuckles”. Our firm argued strenuously that the alleged weapon, a knife containing finger holes in its handle, did not fit the statutory definition of “brass knuckles”. This finding was appealed and the DuPage County Trial Judge’s decision was overturned.
In a Felony case involving the offense of Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident in Kane County, this firm persuaded the prosecutor to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor offense with probation
If you or a loved one is accused of a felony, hiring an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney is vital. Attorney Peter M. Tumminaro has been practicing criminal law for over 30 years. A former prosecutor, he understands how the criminal system works from both sides. He uses his long experience in and out of the courtroom to advocate strongly for his clients rights and interest.