Domestic Battery

Highly Experienced Domestic Battery Lawyer John D. Ioakimidis

If you have a pending misdemeanor or felony Domestic Battery case in Chicago, Cook County, Lake County, or DuPage County, having an experienced Domestic Battery attorney representing you is critical to your success. The prosecutors and arresting police officers on Domestic Battery cases usually have a one-sided view of the case, and their only intention is to convict you. Prosecutors rarely have much empathy or concern about the overall consequences of a Domestic Battery prosecution on the accused and his/her family.

Award-winning Domestic battery attorney John D. Ioakimidis has been winning for his clients for over 23 years. His approach to Domestic Battery cases is not only to win but to also expunge your case from the public record. His dedication to his craft has earned him national recognition as a top lawyer, including:

  • "10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction" by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys;
  • "Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer" by the National Trial Lawyers Association;
  • "Top 20 Criminal Defense Attorney" by Expertise;
  • "Superb" by AVVO” - the highest ranking;
  • John D. Ioakimidis blog is ranked 9 out of 75 by Feed spot; and
  • "Top 100 Attorney" by the American Society of Legal Advocates (Top 1.5% nationally).
What is Domestic Battery?

Domestic Battery is charged if you make physical contact with a family or household member that is insulting, provoking or causes bodily harm. Domestic Battery applies only to family or household members, including but not limited to, current and ex-spouses, boyfriends and girlfriends; parents; and children. Illinois law on Domestic Battery can be found at 720 ILCS 5/12 -3.2.

What is the Sentence for Domestic Battery?

Domestic Battery is a Class A misdemeanor with stricter sentences than other Illinois misdemeanors. If convicted, you can be sentenced up to one year in jail. For example, for almost all misdemeanors, you can receive Court Supervision, avoid a conviction and expunge your record. For Domestic Battery, Court Supervision is not available. A loss means a permanent conviction on your record and possible jail time. Although the consequences are severe if you don’t win your case, cases are often dismissed before trial with the right defense.

What is Felony Domestic Battery?

Domestic Battery can be charged as a Class 4 felony if you have been convicted of a prior Domestic Battery or Violated an Order of Protection. Depending on your background, you can be charged with a Class 2 or 3 felony. In most cases, the case is charged as a Class 4 felony which can carry a prison sentence of one to three years in jail. However, probation is available as an alternative to jail. In certain circumstances, the felony is reduced to a misdemeanor after the Prosecutor reviews the mitigation packet that’s sublimed on our client’s behalf. Felony Domestic Battery lawyer John D. Ioakimidis is experienced in preparing mitigation packets that best represent you to the State. The mitigation packet generally includes: a letter from John D. Ioakimidis, letters of recommendation, school transcripts, work stubs, awards, certificates; and other material that shows that you are a good person. If you are charged with felony Domestic Battery, it's imperative that a strong defense and a smart strategy is in place to best defend your freedom and your record.

What is Aggravated Domestic Battery?

If you try to strangle or cause a family or household member great bodily harm, the case is charged as an Aggravated Battery. The consequences of being charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery are more severe than Domestic Battery. For example, instead of being charged with a misdemeanor, you are charged with a Class 3 felony which carries a prison sentence of 3 and no more than 7 years. Probation is available with a 60-day jail sentence as an alternative. When facing a case for Aggravated Domestic Battery, the goal is for an outright win, because a loss results in some jail time. Dometic Battery attorney John Ioakimidis has successfully defended Aggravated Battery cases in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County or Lake County for over two decades and has the experience and temperament to best handle your case.

Can I Expunge or Seal a Domestic Battery Conviction?

Winning your Domestic Battery case is very important because a conviction can never be expunged or sealed unless you receive a Governor’s pardon. The odds of receiving a Pardon for a Domestic Battery conviction are extremely rare. A conviction becomes a permanent public record. However, if you win your case or it gets dismissed, then you can file for expungement immediately after. When the record is expunged, it’s destroyed by the arresting agency, the Illinois State Police and the Court Clerk.

Defending False Domestic Battery Charges

In many cases, people lie to gain a legal advantage, such as in a divorce or child custody dispute. Other times, they lie to cause harm to a previous lover. They use the legal system as a weapon. If you are in such a precarious situation, the prosecutor will be clearly informed that the liar will be lawfully investigated and aggressively cross-examined in pursuit of the truth. In almost all cases, when liars realize that you will fight back aggressively, they back off and the case is dismissed. Domestic Battery lawyer John D. Ioakimidis has the experience to prepare the best defense for your case and expose the lair. For over 23 years, attorney John D. Ioakimidis has been successfully defending cases in Chicago, Lake County, DuPage County and Lake County.

Trusted and Award Winning Domestic Battery Attorney

Nationally recognized Domestic Battery lawyer John D. Ioakimidis has a deep understanding of the criminal justice system and has the skills to get you the best results. When you appear in Court, you will be confident and hopeful because a veteran attorney will be fighting for you. All the evidence will be analyzed, including police reports, statements, the accuser’s criminal background, pictures, videos and the 911 call(s). Upon reviewing all the evidence, motions are filed to dismiss your case or to have evidence excluded that was illegally obtained by the police. The idea is to apply maximum pressure on the State and the accuser. For a free and confidential consultation, call us at 312-229-5500 to discuss your case with attorney John D. Ioakimidis - one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Chicago, Lake County and DuPage County.

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