Navigating Assault And Battery Charges
Although simple assault and battery charges are misdemeanors, they’re violent crimes that can have serious consequences. A conviction on your record can make it difficult to pass background checks for jobs, housing or professional licenses. You could also face harsh fines and possible jail time.
If you’re facing these charges in the Chicago area, contact DRD Law, LLC, for a diligent and aggressive defense. Our award-winning criminal defense lawyer devotes his practice entirely to standing up for the rights of people like you.
What Exactly Are Assault And Battery Charges In Illinois?
It’s a common misconception that assault involves physical harm. In fact, assault in Illinois is simply causing someone to reasonably fear that you’re about to hurt them. It doesn’t require any bodily contact to occur.
Battery, on the other hand, involves unwanted, insulting or provoking physical contact. That contact doesn’t need to cause bodily harm, and it doesn’t have to be direct contact; it could just involve grabbing someone’s clothes, for example. If the alleged victim is a family member, household member or romantic partner, it becomes a domestic battery.
An assault or battery arrest can also lead to an order of protection against you.
Aggravated Assault Or Battery
These offenses rise to the felony level when they involve certain aggravating factors such as:
- Severe injury
- Infliction on a child or peace officer
- Presence of a weapon
A felony conviction means jail time, permanent loss of your right to vote or own firearms and numerous other consequences.
Let Us Help You Move Forward
We understand how difficult it can be to have assault or battery charges hanging over your head. Our lawyer can help you confront the charges so that you can get back to living your life.