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Class A marijuana possession and given 2 years probation

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I thought I was getting 1 year of probation but instead got 2 years for the class a misdemanor. I thought because the punishment was a max of 1 year the judge could only give me max of 1 year probation. how did they give me 2, isnt that illegal?

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Yes, you can get two years probation. One year is the max for a jail sentence.


The maxum jail sentence available for a misdemeanor is set by statute; a different statute sets the maximum period of probation.

The 2 years probation is legal.

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David Scott Olshansky

David Scott Olshansky


I have to disagree... It is not a different Statute, it is in the same statute that sets the sentencing range and probation term... 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-55


Class A Misdemeanors... defined by Illinois Statute 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-55 ... more information and links on our website.
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