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Felonies & Misdemeanors

felonyIt doesn’t matter if the crime you are charged with is felony or a misdemeanor. Either way you need an experienced court lawyer in your corner. You need an expert in criminal defense law Henry County, IL cases. Someone with years of experience in the court room. You need Larry Vandersnick. Larry is a former judge, former prosecutor, and former state’s attorney. He knows all sides of the law and knows the best way to defend you.

Understanding Your Criminal Charges

There are typically three types of crimes you can be charged with. The least of these is called a petty offense. Most of these cases are considered a violation, and in most cases as well a fine is the penalty and there is no jail time. The two more serious types of crimes are misdemeanors and felonies. A misdemeanor is usually punishable by a larger fine and possibly jail time. Time would usually be served in a local or county jail. Felonies are the most serious types of crimes. They usually classified in degrees. First degree felonies are the most serious cases. If convicted you will serve your time most likely in a state or federal correctional institution.

Petty Offense

A petty offense is a minor crime, for which a fine or short term (six-month maximum) jail/prison sentence is the maximum punishment. In Illinois petty offenses include traffic violations; stop sign and red light violations, most speeding tickets, lane change violations and driving without insurance and also disorderly conduct, harassment and public indecency.


There are three types of misdemeanors: Class A, Class B, and Class C.
For a Class A misdemeanor can result in a penalty of prison or jail time that is under 1 year, a probation term of up to 2 years, and a fine of $2,500.
Class A Misdemeanors:

  • Aggravated assault

Class B misdemeanors by are basically half the severity of punishment of a Class A misdemeanor. This type of offense has a maximum penalty of 180 days incarceration in the county jail, with a maximum fine of $1500.
Class B misdemeanors include:

Class C misdemeanors are the most basic offenses and do not include a jail term, only a fine of not more than $500. It has the lowest fine of the misdemeanor classes. Any offense that is designated as a misdemeanor that does not have a set punishment is deemed a Class C misdemeanor.
Class C misdemeanors include:


Felonies are significantly more serious offenses than misdemeanors in Illinois. Felonies generally involve serious physical harm (or threat of harm) to victims, but felony offenses also include white collar crimes and fraud schemes. Punishment for a felony varies, but includes imprisonment for one year to life without parole.

Larry Vandersnick can help clearly explain what options you have. Depending on your history and past offenses, you might be able to get bail with Larry’s help. This can be helpful in preparing your defense with your criminal defense attorney. Larry can explain the evidence to you so you can understand your charges. With all his experience in court he will know how to guide you through what the trial will be like and how to prepare if this comes up in your case.

In either case, whether it be felony or misdemeanor, you have no time to waste when hiring your attorney. You need to know that your attorney will have your back in your case and be very knowledgeable and honest. Know that Larry Vandersnick will have experience in the charges you are facing, be able to provide you with sound legal advice, and come up with a great strategy for your specific case. Rest assured you will feel comfortable and know you are in the best hands possible with Larry Vandersnick. Larry has won many cases, and he will go to bat for you in your case. Contact him today for an appointment or to find out more about he can help you!

  • Obscenity
  • Prostitution
  • Violating an order of protection
  • Public indecency
  • Reckless conduct
  • Resisting or obstructing a police officer
  • Certain types of assault
  • Certain types of terroristic threats
  • Enticing a child
  • Criminal mischief
  • Interference with railroad property
  • Graffiti
  • Criminal trespass
  • Aiding suicide
  • Leaving a child in a vehicle
  • Criminal mischief
  • Reckless damage or destruction
  • Criminal trespass
  • Theft, if value of property is under $50 issuance of bad checks
  • Illegal recruitment of an athlete
  • Insurance fraud if value of claim is under $50
  • False reporting of missing child or person