If you’re like many people, you’ve been in a fight or two over your lifetime – but when you get into a fight and someone calls the police, you could find yourself facing battery charges and jail time. But do you really need a battery lawyer in Chicago after you get into a fight? This guide explains.
Do You Need a Battery Lawyer in Chicago After Getting in a Fight?
If you’ve been in a fight and police have arrested you, you probably want to call a battery lawyer as soon as possible. You always have the right to legal representation – so why not exercise it?
Your lawyer will be able to protect your rights every step of the way.
First, he’ll be in the room with you while police question you to make sure that they’re not violating your rights. He’ll also be there to answer your questions about possible penalties and what would happen if you were convicted, and he’ll be there to fight hard for you in court so that you get the best possible outcome.
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What Are the Penalties for Battery?
Battery may be a misdemeanor or a felony – and which it is depends on the outcome of the incident. If the state believes that you intentionally caused physical harm to someone else, or that you made contact of an “insulting or provoking nature,” you can be charged with misdemeanor battery. If you caused the person severe or permanent injuries, you can be charged with felony battery. (It’s also a felony if the alleged victim is under the age of 13, over the age of 60, or someone who has a severe or profound intellectual disability.)
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Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney?
If you’ve been accused of a crime, we may be able to help you – and don’t worry: It’s completely confidential. Call us at 847-920-4540 or fill out the form below to schedule your free, private consultation with an experienced and skilled Chicago criminal defense attorney now.