What Are The Penalties For Felonies?

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For purposes of sentencing, there are five classes of felonies and a separate category for murder. There is also a separate category of sentencing guidelines for a person deemed a habitual criminal. All sentences are extendable for various reasons in certain circumstances.

Here are the standard penalties for a conviction:

  • First-degree murder: Twenty to 60 years in prison, extendable to 60 to 100 years. If there are aggravating factors, the sentence can increase to life without parole or the death penalty. Parole, known as mandatory supervised release (MSR), is three years. Probation is not allowed and the maximum fine is $25,000.
  • Second-degree murder: Four to 20 years, extendable to 15 to 30 years. Parole is two years. Probation is allowed in a four-year term and the maximum fine is $25,000.
  • Class X felony: Six to 30 years, extendable to 30 to 60 years. Parole is three years. Probation is not allowed and the maximum fine is $25,000 or more if specified by statute.
  • Class 1 felony: Four to 15 years, extendable to 15 to 30 years. Parole is two years. Probation is allowed for up to four years and the maximum fine is $25,000 or more if specified by statute.
  • Class 2 felony: Three to seven years, extendable to seven to 14 years. Parole is two years. Probation is allowed for up to four years and the maximum fine is $25,000 or more if specified by statute.
  • Class 3 felony: Two to five years, extendable to five to 10 years. Parole is one year. Probation is allowed up to 2 1/2 years and the maximum fine is $25,000 or more if specified by statute.
  • Class 4 felony: One to three years, extendable to three to six years. Parole is one year. Probation is allowed up to 2 1/2 years and the maximum fine is $25,000 or more if specified by statute.
  • Habitual criminal: This is a sentence where a defendant has been convicted of either first-degree murder, criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, or any Class X felony. A second conviction for any of the crimes listed, except for aggravated kidnapping, triggers the habitual criminal sentencing guidelines, which include a maximum sentence of life without parole and no availability of probation.

Are You Eligible For Alternative Sentencing?

In certain cases, alternative sentences may be available. Certain first-time drug offenders are eligible for deferred-judgment probation that is similar to court supervision in that a conviction does not enter if the probation is successfully completed.

Others may be eligible for periodic imprisonment (work release), impact incarceration (boot camp) or electronic home monitoring (EM). Alternative sentencing is always dependent on the specific facts and circumstances of your case. To learn if you may be eligible, contact Fawell & Fawell, Ltd., today for a consultation with a lawyer: 630-480-6253.