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Battery/Aggravated Battery – Cook Co, Illinois

Call a Cook County Battery attorney at 312-229-5500 for legal help with Battery and Aggravated Battery misdemeanor or felony charges and to speak to a Chicago criminal defense attorney.

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What is Battery?

A Battery is when someone intentionally or knowingly, and without legal justification, causes bodily harm to an individual or makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with an individual. (720 ILCS 5/12-3).

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.  If the people involved in the incident are family members, or boyfriend and girlfriend, then you can be charged with a Domestic Battery.

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.  Probation, supervision and conditional discharge may be an alternative sentence to jail in most cases.  The Legal Defenders have extensive experience representing individuals charged with Battery and can help you avoid a conviction and keep your criminal record clean.

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What is Aggravated Battery?

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

Under (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,

(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;

(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.

Why Hire The Legal Defenders for Your Cook County Battery Case?

With over 20 years of experience, we have a proven track record of winning criminal cases.  Our skills give you the best chance of winning your Battery case.

When your freedom and reputation is at stake, trust our experienced criminal defense attorneys to fight the State and its hired prosecutors to win your case.  We understand how important it is that you clear your name and not be labeled a criminal.  We have a proven record of winning criminal cases with thousands of satisfied clients.  When our attorneys appear in Court, our clients are represented by a highly skilled criminal defense attorney with one goal in mind: To Win!

If you are charged with Battery or Aggravated Battery in Cook County, give us a call. We can help.

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Are you facing Battery or Aggravated Battery charges in Cook County?

Call a Cook County Battery lawyer at 312-229-5500 for legal help with Battery and Aggravated Battery misdemeanor or felony charges and to speak to a Chicago criminal defense lawyer.

*Felony cases in Cook County are held at The George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse located at 2600 S. California Avenue, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview and Markham.
*Preliminary Hearings and Misdemeanor cases are held at all the Branch Courthouses and also at Grand and Central, Belmont and Western, 51st and Wentworth, 111th Street and Harrison and Kedzie.
*Central Bond Court is located at The George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse, 2600 S. California Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60608.
*Domestic Battery and Domestic Violence cases are held at 555 W. Harrison, Chicago, Illinois 60607.
*Juvenile cases are held at 1100 S. Hamilton, Chicago, Illinois 60612.
*Traffic Court is at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602.
*For Court schedules, judge assignments and other information, see the Court’s webpage at: http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/

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The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with Battery/Aggravated Battery.  Our experienced and seasoned attorneys will give you the best chance of winning your case.

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Why You Need Us For Your Battery Case?

The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at the Legal Defenders, PC will examine all aspects of your case and will use their experience to win your case or get your case dismissed.  We always put our clients first.  We will keep you informed of the progress of your case and look for every angle to win your case.  We understand that your future is at stake and will approach the handling of your case like it was our own case.

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Our fees are very reasonable. We do not bill by the hour. We evaluate your case and quote you a reasonable flat fee. Straight talk and fair fees!
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