Q: Charged with criminal damage and disorderly conduct for the second time. The first disorderly conduct was dismissed
What punishment should I expect
A: The answer depends on several factors. First, is your criminal damage charge a felony or misdemeanor? Criminal damage can be charged as a class 4, 5, or 6 felony, or it can be a class 1 or 2 misdemeanor (depending on the amount). If under $1,000 it will be a misdemeanor. If you have any prior felony convictions and are charged with another felony, you will be facing possible mandatory prison. There are several other factors that could influence the outcome if you are in the felony world. If these are misdemeanors and you have no felony record, you are facing punishment up to 6 months in jail, possible probation, and fines. The prosecutor will look at your record when making a plea offer. The Court will also look at your record at sentencing. Although there is no mandatory minimum jail time for this offense, it is possible the prosecutor may require jail under the plea agreement, or if in front of a judge at sentencing, the Court may require. The answer to your question involves many factors it is difficult to give you an exact answer. You should request a free consultation with an experienced criminal lawyer for a more thorough answer.
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