The classification of felony is reserved for the most serious crimes and therefore carry the most severe sentences. The specific sentences for a felony offense will be determined based on the classification within the felony category. Felonies range from the most serious offense, a Class X felony, to the least serious, a Class 4 felony
More specifically, Illinois law provides that a prison sentence for a Class X felony, must fall within 6 to 30 years in the case of determinate sentences and between 30 to 60 years in the case of an extended term Class X felony (if convicted prior to the 1978 update in legislation). Class X felony convictions can also see the imposition of fines exceeding $100,000, depending on the crime.
All felony convictions, regardless of classification, will remain on your criminal record unless you are pardoned or get the charge expunged.
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Certain types of criminal offenses tend to be classified as Class X felonies by Illinois courts, including violent crimes. Some of the most common examples are outlined below.
The most serious drug crimes in Illinois are classified as Class X felonies. The following are among the most common Class X felony drug crimes in Illinois:
- Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver (15 grams or more)
- Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver (more than 5000 grams)
- Participating in the manufacture of methamphetamine or a substance containing methamphetamine (15 grams or more)
- Engaging in a street gang criminal drug conspiracy
Child Pornography-Related Offenses
Child pornography offenses charged as Class X felonies mostly involve moving depictions (videos, movies, etc…) of a child engaged in sexual acts. In addition to mandatory fines and prison time, lifetime registration on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry is also required.
Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault
In the State of Illinois, predatory criminal sexual assault occurs when a person, age 17 or older, commits an act of sexual contact with a victim who is 12 years old or younger. Sexual contact is defined as when the sex organs or anus of one person comes in contact with any body part of the second person, for the purpose of sexual gratification.
Second Criminal Sexual Assault Conviction
In Illinois, Criminal Sexual Assault is the legal term for rape and occurs when sexual penetration on another individual is done with force, with threat of force, or commits said sexual penetration knowing the other person lacks the capacity to consent. A second conviction for such an offense is considered a Class X felony.
An Armed Robbery occurs when a person committing robbery (knowingly takes property, except a motor vehicle from the person or presence of another by the use of force or by threatening the imminent use of force) is armed with a dangerous weapon, a firearm or discharges a firearm.
If you are arrested for a Class X felony in Illinois, talk to an experienced Chicago and DuPage County criminal defense attorney. Contact us at Dolci & Weiland for a free consultation at (630) 261-9098 to speak with a top Illinois criminal defense lawyer.