Did you engage in what seemed to be a petty “bar fight” and now face criminal battery charges? How did a simple night out result in such chaos?
Battery occurs when there is bodily harm or provoking contact. Therefore, whether or not you touched the other person, if contact was made in some form, then it is considered a battery. While offensive contact may be considered battery (i.e., throwing a drink on another person), the most commonly indicted battery charge is often the result of a fight where there was punching, shoving, hair pulling, pushing, slapping, and the like. A minor shove, for example, could result in battery charges.
Depending on the victim’s injuries, a battery can be punished as a misdemeanor or felony offense. The possible sentence for a simple battery is up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,500. If the victim sustained more severe injuries, you will likely be charged with Aggravated Battery, a felony.
Former prosecutor Matt Fakhoury has extensive experience defending those charged with Aggravated Battery. To help avoid a felony conviction, prison sentence, and fines, call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury today or visit us at ILDefense.com