Central Illinois Battery Lawyers
Illinois Battery Law (Misdemeanor, Felony, or Domestic)
There are two kinds of battery under Illinois law. The first involves bodily harm, which can amount to almost any physical contact that results in an injury, while the second involves any physical contact that a reasonable person would find insulting or provoking, which could be something as simple as poking someone in the chest.
These kinds of battery can be charged as misdemeanors, as felonies, if certain other factors are present, such as it occurs in a public place, or in the form of a Domestic Battery, which requires that the offense allegedly be committed against a person who is a family or household member. (It might be of interest to note that "family or household member" can include even prior roommates, and does not require someone to be related by blood or by marriage.)
Battery charges are considered violent crimes and carry serious consequences. If you have been charged with this offense, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Conviction for a violent crime can carry lifelong consequences, in addition to heavy fines and a prison sentence. However bad the situation may seem, do not assume that your case is hopeless. Criminal cases have many moving pieces, and there is always more to a situation than meets the eye.
At Johnson Law Group, you will find a skilled team of battery attorneys serving Central Illinois. We can guide you through this difficult time and make sure your side of the story is heard in court.
We offer free initial consultations. Call us today at (309) 565-8825 to get started.
Battery Charge in Illinois
You can be charged with battery if you physically attacked an individual or made physical contact of a provoking or insulting nature. In many cases, battery is preceded by threatening behavior, which is why assault and battery are often charged together.
Battery is usually charged as a Class A misdemeanor and carries the following penalties:
- $2,500 in fines
- Up to one year of imprisonment
- Probation in lieu of prison
- Community service
In addition to these consequences, a conviction will also mean a permanent mark on your criminal record, which will show up on background checks when applying for jobs and housing.
Aggravated Battery Illinois
In Illinois, an individual commits the crime of aggravated battery when they knowingly do any of the following:
- Cause great bodily harm / permanent disability
- Cause bodily harm due to a explosive or dangerous chemical
- Cause bodily harm on a peace officer, fireman, public security, etc.
- Cause great bodily harm to someone over 60 years old
- Strangles an individual
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Many members of the Johnson Law Group are former prosecutors. We know how the District Attorney’s Office builds cases against defendants, which gives us an edge when planning counter-strategies. We also have longstanding relationships with law enforcement and local court officials. Knowing who to talk to and how to make deals is a major part of this job, and it can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.
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