Archive, September 2015.
When you watch someone get arrested in the movies or on TV, you will often hear the law enforcement officer tell the person getting arrested:
One of the most common ways for people to get tangled up in the criminal justice system is by being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). The consequences for a DUI depend many different factors, but can include jail or prison time and large fines. There are also consequences for your driving privileges that may last even if you are not convicted of a crime.
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If you have been arrested in Illinois, chances are your case will not go to trial. Almost 95 percent of criminal cases in the United States never reach trial and are instead resolved with a plea deal or a plea bargain. But, the decision to plead guilty and accept a plea bargain should not be taken lightly.
Illinois separates all crimes into two different categories. Misdemeanors are crimes that are generally less serious than felonies. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor you will be sentenced to a maximum of one year in jail, but may get probation and not serve any time behind bars. If you are convicted of a felony you will be facing more than a year in prison, but depending on the crime, you may be sentenced to a lengthy period of probation instead of prison.