Chicago, IL asked in Criminal Law for Illinois

Q: I Got a Class 4 felony and i’m scared for the outcome. (IL)

I was recently charged with Criminal property damage (1800$) and I found out it was a felony charge. I looked it up and i could get 1-3 years. Will a judge in Chicago/Illinois really sentence me to a year for it or could i pay it off and go on probation? This is my first felony offense.

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: While a Class 4 felony does have the potential for a prison sentence of 1 to 3 years, several factors can influence the actual outcome. First-time offenders, for example, often face more lenient outcomes than those with a prior criminal record. It's also possible that the court may consider an arrangement like paying restitution, which means compensating the victim for the damage. This could influence the final decision on sentencing. Additionally, plea deals or probation could be options, depending on the specifics of your case and your background.

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