Central Illinois Battery Violence Attorneys
Domestic Battery Charges in Illinois
Domestic violence is a charged issue in the courtroom, and these cases can be intensive for all parties involved. Being charged with this crime can instantly turn your life upside down, with many people ready to turn against you without waiting to hear your side of the story. The important thing to do after being charged with this offense is to remain calm and remember that there is a place to settle this – the courtroom.
The Central Illinois domestic battery lawyers of Johnson Law Group can provide the dedicated, trusted legal counsel you need during this difficult time. We know how seriously this accusation can affect your life, and we work tirelessly to protect the rights and reputations of our clients.
We encourage you to call us today at (309) 565-8825 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.
What is Domestic Battery?
Domestic battery is committed when an individual intentionally causes bodily harm to a household or family member or having physical contact in a provocative / insulting manner.
Illinois Domestic Battery Laws
Many people think of domestic violence as spousal abuse, but the charge is broader than that. Almost anyone who shares a household with you could accuse you of domestic violence if they feel threatened or attacked.
Possible victims of domestic violence include:
- Spouses and romantic partners
- Children, parents, and anyone else with a blood relationship
- Unmarried co-parent of your child
- Home care providers
Illinois Domestic Battery Penalties
In Illinois, domestic battery is considered a Class A misdemeanor. It can be elevated to a Class 4 felony if there is a prior conviction of domestic battery, violating an order of protection, or another violent crime against a household / family member. The penalties may include:
- Class A misdemeanor: less than a year in prison & a fine of $2,500
- Class 4 felony: up to 6 years in prison & a fine of $25,000
Maintain Discretion in Your Domestic Battery Case
From the time you are arrested to the end of the case, anything you say to law enforcement, prosecutors, and even friends and family can be used against you. This is why it is recommended that you do not try to explain the situation to anyone other than your attorney. Law enforcement is not there to help you; their job is to listen for anything that implies guilt. Even confiding in a friend or loved one can come back to bite you if they are called to testify in court. They may want to help, but a skilled prosecutor can ask leading questions that will further hurt your case.
It is very important that you get the details clear and maintain consistency in your side of events. Your attorney is someone you can trust to look out for your best interests — this is why you should reach out as soon as possible.
If someone has accused you of domestic violence, the police can lawfully remove you from the home. It is important to comply with their requests and remain silent for now. Your first priority at this stage is calling a lawyer.
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