Fighting Back Against Domestic Violence Charges
Domestic violence charges usually unfold after a heated incident in which emotions run high. In the confusion and chaos, the police get called, and Illinois law requires them to take action to protect the alleged victim – which usually means arresting someone. Unfortunately, their frequent approach is to make assumptions now and ask questions later.
If you’re facing domestic violence charges, it’s important to remember that these cases are rarely watertight. They often come down to different stories about what happened. Even when there is evidence such as photos or medical records, that doesn’t mean the state has a slam-dunk case. You may have a self-defense claim or other grounds for challenging the charges.
At DRD Law, LLC, we can help you fight the charges. Our attorney focuses 100% on criminal defense. He is no stranger to tough, high-stakes domestic cases, and he has the skill and determination to stand up against the prosecution.
Understanding Domestic Violence Charges In Illinois
Domestic violence differs from general assault and battery in that it involves a family member, household member or current or former romantic partner. Domestic violence charges in Illinois include:
- Domestic battery: Either insulting, unwanted physical contact or physical harm
- Aggravated domestic battery: A felony involving either significant bodily harm or strangling
While a first-time domestic battery charge might be a misdemeanor, it’s still considered a violent crime, which can have a big impact on your record, reputation, ability to own a firearm, and other rights and privileges. The charge could rise to the felony level if you have a prior conviction for certain violent crimes.
These cases also frequently give rise to orders of protection, which can limit your freedom and impact child custody – not to mention expose you to further potential criminal consequences down the road in the event of a violation.
Take Action To Start Challenging The Charges – We’re Just A Phone Call Away
Because of the harsh potential consequences involved with domestic violence cases, it’s important to involve a criminal defense lawyer sooner rather than later. We’re available 24/7 to address your concerns. Reach out today by calling 312-448-7892 or contacting us online.