Belleville Non-violent Crime Attorney

Even Non-violent Crimes can Have Significant Penalties

Have you been charged with a non-violent crime such as vandalism, trespassing, arson, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, or minor in possession? While most of these crimes are charged as misdemeanors, they can still carry weighty consequences. Some of these charges may be elevated to felonies under certain conditions.

If you find yourself charged with one of these crimes, you need legal counsel. Our criminal defense attorney in Belleville can sort through the red tape and construct a defense that may result in a desirable outcome for you, your freedom, and your reputation.

Call the Law Office of Jason B. Going at (618) 205-6680 so we can get started on your case right away.


Vandalism is a common charge among youth. There are two types of vandalism; Institutionalized vandalism and criminal defacement of property. When you purposefully damage a community building, religious building, or a school because of a bias against the people who use the building, it is considered institutionalized vandalism. This kind of behavior can result in a Class 2 or Class 3 felony, based on the extent of the damage.

Criminal defacement of property occurs when you purposefully damage another person’s property, often using etching or paint. This type of charge can result in a Class 4 felony if there was an extreme amount of damage done.


There many types of criminal trespass in the state of Illinois. These include trespass to a vehicle, safe school zone, real property, state-supported land, place of public amusement, and residence. Most of these carry a misdemeanor charge but can be increased to a felony depending on the circumstances. Our Belleville criminal defense attorney can negotiate to keep these charges at the misdemeanor level, or possibly even get the charges dropped.


Arson occurs when you set fire to another person’s property without their permission. Even if you are a co-owner of the property, it is still considered arson if you did not have the other person’s consent. Aggravated arson happens when you set fire to a structure knowing there are people inside and you cause injury or disability to them.

In either case, arson is a serious charge and can carry heavy consequences, even if it was accidental or you acted upon your emotions. Jason Going is ready to fight for your rights and safeguard your freedom.

Minor in Possession of Alcohol

If you are under the age of 21, it is illegal to drink or possess alcohol in the state of Illinois. Being convicted of a minor in possession charge can put your life on hold for quite some time. At the very minimum, you are looking at fines of up to $2,500 and up to a year of jail time. It is unlikely that a first offender would get the maximum sentence, however, it is possible under certain circumstances.

In addition to jail you may also face the following if you are convicted:

  • Probation
  • Restitution
  • Community service
  • Conditional discharge
  • Court supervision
  • Home detention

Our Southern Illinois Defense Firm Knows the Law!

Our criminal defense attorney in Belleville knows the laws regarding non-violent crimes and knows how to navigate the court system on your behalf. Jason Going can work on building you the best defense possible to achieve a favorable outcome. When you hire our firm, you will deal directly with the attorney and get the personalized, individual service you deserve.

Call the Law Office of Jason B. Going at (618) 205-6680 and find out how we can improve your chances in court. Schedule your free consultation now.

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