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Battery / Aggravated Battery

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Are you facing aggravated battery or aggravated domestic battery charges in Chicago?

Call a Chicago battery attorney at 800-228-7295 for legal help with aggravated battery misdemeanor or felony charges.

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What is Battery?

Under Illinois Law (720 ILCS 5/12 3), a person commits a battery if they intentionally or knowingly and without legal justification causes bodily harm to an individual makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with an individual. A common misunderstanding is that someone must be hurt or struck in order for a battery to occur. As long as physical contact is made in an insulting or provoking nature, and that touching is not wanted by the person receiving the touching, then Illinois law considers it to be a battery. The specific provision of the law cited above involves people not involved in a domestic relationship or a family relationship. If the persons involved in the incident are family members, or boyfriend and girlfriend, then the proper charge would be Domestic Battery. The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with Battery throughout Cook County and Chicago land.

What is the Sentence for Battery?

Battery is a Class A misdemeanor which carries up to 364 days in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500. The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at the Legal Defenders have extensive experience representing individuals charged with Battery and can help you avoid a conviction and can help you keep your criminal record clean.

What is Aggravated Battery?

Aggravated Battery is a Class 3 felony. Although probation is an option, it can carry 3 to 5 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.00. The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at the Legal Defenders have extensive experience representing individuals charged with Aggravated Battery and can help you avoid a conviction, a prison sentence, fines and can help you keep your criminal record clean.

Under Illinois Law (720 ILCS 5/12 4), Aggravated battery is defined as follows:

(a) A person who, in committing a battery, intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, or permanent disability or disfigurement commits aggravated battery.

(b) A person who, in committing a battery, commits aggravated battery if he:

(1) Uses a deadly weapon other than the discharge of a firearm;

(2) Is hooded, robed or masked, in such manner as to conceal his identity;

(3) Knows the individual harmed to be a teacher or other person employed in any school and such teacher or other employee is – upon the ground of a school or grounds adjacent thereto, – or is in any part of a building used for school purposes;

(4) Knows the individual harmed to be a supervisor, director, instructor or other person employed in any park district and such supervisor, director, or instructor or other employee is – upon the ground of a school or grounds adjacent thereto, – or is in any part of a building used for school purposes;

(5) Knows the individual harmed to be a caseworker, investigator, or other person employed by the State Department of Public Aid or a County Department of Public Aid and such caseworker, investigator, or other person is – upon the grounds of a Public Aid office or grounds adjacent thereto, – or is in any part of a building used for Public Aid purposes, – or upon the grounds of a home of a public aid applicant, recipient, or any other person being interviewed or investigated in the employee’s discharge of his duties, – or on grounds adjacent thereto, – or is in any part of a building in which the applicant, recipient, or other such person resides or is located;

(6) Knows the individual harmed to be a peace officer, a person summoned and directed by a peace officer, or a correctional institutional employee, or a fireman while such officer, employee or fireman is – engaged in the execution of any of his official duties including arrest or attempted arrest, -or to prevent the officer, employee or fireman from performing his official duties, -or in retaliation for the officer, employee or fireman performing his official duties, -and the battery is committed other than by the discharge of a firearm;

(7) Knows the individual harmed to be – an emergency medical technician-ambulance, – emergency medical technician-intermediate – emergency medical technician-paramedic, – ambulance driver or other medical assistance or first aid personnel engaged in the performance of any of his or her official duties, or to prevent – the emergency medical technician-ambulance, – emergency medical technician-intermediate, – emergency medical technician-paramedic – ambulance driver, or other medical assistance or first aid personnel from performing official duties, or in retaliation for performing official duties;

(8) Is, or the person battered is, on or about a public way, public property or public place of accommodation or amusement;

(9) Knows the individual harmed to be the driver, operator, employee or passenger of any transportation facility or system engaged in the business of transportation of the public for hire and the individual assaulted is then performing in such capacity or then using such public transportation as a passenger or using any area of any description designated by the transportation facility or system as a vehicle boarding, departure, or transfer location;

(10) Knowingly and without legal justification and by any means causes bodily harm to an individual of 60 years of age or older;

(11) Knows the individual harmed is pregnant;

(12) Knows the individual harmed to be a judge whom the person intended to harm as a result of the judge’s performance of his or her official duties as a judge;

(13) Knows the individual harmed to be an employee of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services engaged in the performance of his authorized duties as such employee; or

(14) Knows the individual harmed to be a person who is physically handicapped.

Other Aggravated Battery Charges

The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at The Legal Defenders have represented individuals charged with other Aggravated Battery Charges. These charges include

  • Heinous Battery which is a Class X felony
  • Aggravated Battery with a Firearm which a Class X felony
  • Aggravated Battery of a Child which ranges from a Class 1 to a Class X felony
  • Aggravated Battery of an Unborn Child which is a Class 2 felony
Why Hire The Legal Defenders for Your Battery Case?

The criminal defense attorneys at The Legal Defenders understand the impact that a criminal conviction could have on someone’s life.

The criminal defense attorneys at The Legal Defenders will look at the specific facts of your case and determine the best defense for your case.

Since many cases involving assault involve difficult questions concern “harmful and offense contact” and whether the defendant was the aggressor or merely defending themselves, each case must be evaluated individually and each factor has to be taken into consideration when coming up with an effective plan of attack.

Many cases involving Battery involve the evaluation of medical records and a thorough investigation of witnesses and trial preparation.

The criminal defense attorneys at The Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with Battery and Aggravated Battery and will use their extensive experience and skills in coming up with an effective and winning courtroom strategy to defend you in your case involving battery.
 

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The Chicago battery attorneys at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with Battery / Aggravated Battery

To discuss your particular Battery / Aggravated Battery crime, contact the experienced Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders

Why Do You Need a Lawyer for your battery case?

The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at the Legal Defenders, PC will examine all aspects of your case and look for and will use their experience to win your case or get your case dismissed. In the alternative, we will use our negotiating skills to convince the court and the prosecutor to come with an effective and constructive sentencing option that gives you the best chance of avoiding jail and fines.

 

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