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Misdemeanor Charges

A misdemeanor charge, while a far less serious crime than a felony, is not something to take lightly. If you or a loved one is charged with a misdemeanor, or have reason to believe you may be charged with one, you need to quickly acquire the help of a Chicago criminal defense lawyer to aggressively fight to avoid the repercussions of a conviction. The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege, which also serves the areas of Cicero, Berwyn and Evanston, are prepared to effectively represent you or your loved one to fight a misdemeanor charge. It is important to contact the legal team from the firm as soon as possible since it is much easier to prevent a charge from being brought in many cases than it is to prove innocence once in court.

A misdemeanor crime is not considered serious enough to warrant time in a state prison, but jail time in the county is possible depending upon the specifics of the issue. There are three classes of misdemeanor crimes, Class A, Class B, and Class C, with the Class A misdemeanor being the most serious and incurring the most severe penalties. Penalties upon conviction can range from a maximum jail sentence of 364 days and fines of up to $2,500.00 for Class A misdemeanor, to the maximum Class C misdmeanor sentence of 30 days and fines up to $1,500.00. Probation may be granted in some cases. Some misdemeanor offenses include:

Our experienced misdemeanor charge defense lawyer understands the investigation process and can vigorously challenge the constitutionality of the procedures used by law enforcement if any violations have taken place. This can lead to successful court challenges resulting in a dismissed charge.

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However, having a conviction on your record may affect the rest of your life, as any comprehensive background check by a prospective employer, landlord or lender, will bring it to light. Therefore it is urgent to gain the services of a knowledgeable misdemeanor charge defense attorney is determined to fight on your behalf. Contact the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege for a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will make your case a priority.

Contact a Chicago criminal attorney from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege who will aggressively defend clients facing misdemeanor charges of all types.

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Never over-promises, but definitely delivered more than we had hoped for.

"Michael Schmiege is an excellent attorney. He is honest, diligent and gets great results. If you find yourself in need of a lawyer, he is great at what he does. Never over-promises, but definitely delivered more than we had hoped for. His team will help you all the way. Answers all your questions promptly and clearly states what to expect. I highly recommend Michael and his team. They CAN and will help!"

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Michael Schmiege represented me on my Theft charge and I was found not guilty!

"Mr. Schmiege is well respected by the court because he is a very honest man. He was very kind and respectful to me. His fees were reasonable. His office is very easy to find, and his staff is very helpful."

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He understood that I made a mistake but it didn’t define who I was...

"I am so appreciative of the help and support that I received from Michael and his team members! They truly helped me figure out my case and I got outstanding results. If anyone can help you get great results, it’s Michael. I had an immigration issue as well and he worked with my immigration lawyer to help find the best solution. He understood that I made a mistake but it didn’t define who I was. I definitely don’t want to go through any of this again but I’m glad that I had the support to get through this."

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