Domestic Battery

Monday, June 13, 2016

What is Domestic Violence in Illinois?


In Illinois, domestic violence is a serious crime—and it comes with serious consequences. But what counts as domestic violence in Illinois, and what will happen to you if you’re convicted of this type of charge?

What is Domestic Violence in Illinois?

Under Illinois law, a person can be charged with domestic violence in one of two ways: domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery.

Domestic Battery

Domestic battery is battery against a family member, a household member, or someone with whom you’re in a relationship. It can also be against an ex, whether or not you were married.

Aggravated Domestic Battery

Aggravated domestic battery occurs with the same people as domestic battery does, but it results in great bodily harm, permanent disability, or disfigurement to the victim.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

What Counts as Battery in Chicago?

Battery. You’ve heard the term before, but what does it really mean? It doesn’t help that people often use assault and battery as interchangeable terms (they’re not). As a Chicago assault and battery lawyer, many people ask me where the state of Illinois draws the line between the two.

What’s the Difference Between Assault and Battery?

First, let’s clear up the difference between assault and battery. Illinois law defines assault as when one person “places another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery.” You can be charged with assault even if you never caused anyone harm – but battery is another story.

You can be charged and convicted of battery when you harm someone or when you cause someone harm without physically touching them.

See? It’s a little confusing. So what counts as battery?

Battery: What Can Get You Charged and Convicted

If you cause bodily harm to another person, you can be charged with battery. However, you don’t even need to harm them to be charged with battery.

It’s not unusual for people to be charged with battery for things like:

  • Punching, slapping or hitting
  • Spitting on another person
  • Choking
  • Kicking
  • Pushing
  • Touching another person in an unwelcome manner

Possible Battery Defenses

There are several ways to show the courts that you’re not guilty of battery. While every case is different, your assault and battery attorney will be able to evaluate your case and see what applies to you. Your lawyer might feel that you can claim:

  • Self-defense
  • Defense of another person
  • Defense of property
  • The victim’s consent

Even if these things don’t apply in your case, there may be a perfectly good reason for what happened. Your lawyer, once he knows the whole story, will be able to begin to build your defense.

The Consequences of a Battery Conviction in Chicago

There are two distinct types of battery in Illinois: simple battery, which is a misdemeanor, and aggravated battery, which is a felony.

If you’re convicted of misdemeanor battery, you could spend up to a year in jail and be required to pay a fine of $2,500. People who are convicted of aggravated battery can end up serving time in prison. It’s always best to consult with a Chicago assault and battery lawyer who can thoroughly evaluate your case and get to the truth of the matter.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Domestic Violence at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse: ILDefense.com Blog

If you were arrested for a domestic violence offense in the northwest suburbs, your case will proceed to the Rolling Meadows courthouse located at 2121 E. Euclid Ave, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008.

All misdemeanor domestic violence cases, such as Domestic Battery (720 ILCS 5/12.3.2) are heard in courtroom 207 at 9:30 a.m. Domestic Battery is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2500.00 fine. The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury has extensive experience with domestic related offenses particularly in the Rolling Meadows courthouse.

As a former Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney, Matt Fakhoury was assigned to the 3rd Municipal District - Rolling Meadows - for several years. In addition, Mr. Fakhoury has successfully defended numerous clients facing domestic violence charges in Rolling Meadows. The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury has and will continue to vehemently defend individuals falsely accused of domestic battery and related offense.

If you have a domestic violence case in Rolling Meadows – 2121 E. Euclid Ave, call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for a free case review. 847-920-4540 or ILDefense.com

 

 


Monday, June 17, 2013

The Impact of Domestic Battery Accusations: ILDefense.com Blog

Allegations of domestic violence can have lasting effects.  In addition to legal penalties, including jail time and steep fines, a person convicted of domestic battery will be adversely affected in a divorce and/or child custody case.

If you have been accused of domestic violence in Chicago, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is the best way to fight the case and protect your future. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Matt Fakhoury is aware of the tactics the State will use in prosecuting you.  Domestic battery charges are often filed solely based on the alleged victim's accusations, regardless of the evidence (or lack thereof).  

At the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury, we concentrate in representing those charged with Domestic Battery in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.  Time is of the essence when defending yourself against accusations of domestic battery.  Call Attorney Matt Fakhoury today for a free case review -- 847-920-4540.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Domestic Battery: ILDefense.com Blog

A Domestic Battery conviction can ruin your life.  As a former prosecutor, Attorney Matt Fakhoury is aware that a contentious divorce may sometimes lead to accusations of domestic violence when one spouse accuses the other of a battery in an attempt to gain leverage in a divorce.

In cases of Domestic Battery, the police will arrest the accused and take him or her to the police station lockup.  After posting bond, the accused is released, but is not allowed to return to the home for a minimum of 72 hours.  In addition, an order of protection is often issued and a court date is assigned.  During this period, the defendant is not allowed to be in the family home.  If there are children involved, he or she will have to wait several weeks, if not months, before being allowed to see the children.

If you have recently been charged with Domestic Battery, Attorney Matt Fakhoury has the experience to aggressively defend your case.  A conviction can significantly affect your life and will have permanent, lasting effects.  Under Illinois law, Domestic Battery is a Class A misdemeanor.  A second Domestic Battery conviction could be a felony.  Attorney Matt Fakhoury will aggressively defend you in court and seek to avoid a conviction.

If you have been accused of Domestic Battery in Illinois, it is imperative that you hire an attorney.  At the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury, we will review the evidence against you and carefully examine all aspects of your case.  We will meticulously craft a thorough, aggressive defense that addresses the specific elements of your case, thereby assuring the best possible outcome.

Do not allow a Domestic Battery accusation to impact your life and future plans.  Call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury today for a free case review at (847) 920-4540.  


Monday, May 14, 2012

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence offenses are punished to the full extent of the law in Cook County.  Domestic Battery in particular can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor.  Even when charged with a misdemeanor domestic battery, the minimum sentence is a conviction on your record.  The consequences of such a conviction and the stigma associated with it can affect your chances of getting a job, entering the military, and even beginning a new relationship.  Attorney Matt Fakhoury defends many clients accused of domestic battery and offers the aggressive defense of taking the case to trial or negotiating a reduced charge and favorable settlement for his clients.  Call Our Office For a Free Case Review!


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