A person commits a misdemeanor battery when he intentionally or knowingly causes harm to another individual (See 720 ILCS 5/12-3). However, the law identifies several classes of people who are considered “special” and thus deserving of protection under the law. Therefore, if what otherwise would be a misdemeanor battery is committed against a person in this class, the charge is raised to Felony Aggravated Battery.
An example of this occurs in the commission of a Retail Theft. If a person, in the course of committing a Retail Theft, also commits a battery to a loss prevention employee or agent of the store, Aggravated Battery will be charged. This essentially elevates a simple misdemeanor case to a Felony with the possibility of prison.
The Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury handles Retail Theft, Battery, and Aggravated Battery cases. Call us now for a free consultation.