What Exactly is a Class X Felony in Illinois?

Class X Felony in Illinois

Under Illinois Criminal Code, a Class X felony — except for first degree murder that is — is the most severe felony charge a criminal can get. Once the court finds you guilty of a Class X Felony, you will have to serve significant prison time and probation will be out of the question. The only way you can get probation is if your charge is amended to a lower case that considers probation. Due to the mandatory prison sentence, the prosecution unfortunately has the upper hand.

What Are Class X Felony Charges Under the Illinois Criminal Code?
  • Home invasion
  • Aggravated kidnapping
  • Armed robbery
  • Aggravated battery using firearms
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Aggravated child battery
  • Aggravated arson
  • Aggravated car hijacking
  • Possessing an illegal substance with the intention of delivering it within a thousand feet of a school, park, public housing, or church
  • Predatory child criminal sexual assault, wherein the victim is below 13 and the perpetrator is older than 17

Once a defendant has been charged with a Class X Felony, Noll Law Office and other legal professionals say that negotiating with the opposition may be difficult because they don’t have any reason for negotiating. Even defendants with no criminal records don’t have a way out from mandatory prison time.

Why Legal Representation is Important

If you go to trial and lose, prison time is between six and 30 years. In addition, you’ll have to pay a fine and restitution. If your felony included aggravating factors, you could be charged with an extended term and be imprisoned for 30 to 60 years. If you’ve been convicted of multiple Class X Felonies, the court will see you as a habitual criminal and you could be facing life imprisonment.

Basically, your only chance is to go to trial and win. Note that prosecutors assigned to cases like these are likewise the best ones for the job. With this in mind, look for an attorney that has sufficient trial experience and Class X felony knowledge to get the ideal outcome for your case.