Assault is a Class C misdemeanor in Illinois, and if you’re convicted, the penalty is up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,500. (The court may sentence you to perform between 30 and 120 hours of community service instead of jailing you or fining you, however.) Because a conviction stays on…

If you’re like most people, you’ve heard the term “assault and battery.” The two words are often used interchangeably—but they’re actually very different crimes (and each has its own set of consequences, as well). Most people choose to talk to an assault lawyer in Chicagoafter being accused of this crime, because the consequences can be severe….

It’s common for people to use the terms assault and battery interchangeably, but the truth is, they’re very different crimes. In fact, they can exist separately from each other. What is Assault Under Illinois Law? Under Illinois law, assault is defined as when a person without lawful authority “knowingly engages in conduct which places another in reasonable…

If you’re like many people, you’ve heard the terms assault and battery used interchangeably. They’re often used together, too (especially on crime shows), so it can be confusing to determine which term means what. The Difference Between Assault and Battery Under Illinois Law Assault and battery are two separate offenses, and they’re classified according to…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Any kind of sexual misconduct conviction on your record can be traumatic and life changing, but there are different terms that create a vast difference in sentencing – and many people view them differently, as well. Criminal Sexual Abuse vs. Criminal Sexual Assault Criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault, according to Illinois law, are…

Hundreds of people are arraigned for crimes in and around Chicago each day. Some charges are more common than others, according to the FBI, although overall crime in the city is on a decline. But what are the most common criminal charges in Chicago? Chicago’s 3 Most Common Criminal Charges The FBI breaks crime down into…

720 ILCS 5/12-1 defines the offense of Assault in Illinois:  A person commits an assault when, without lawful authority, he or she knowingly engages in conduct which places another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery. “Conduct” is the most important word in the definition of assault because it implies that words alone do not…

Assault is defined as engaging in conduct which places another person in “reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery.” “Conduct” is the most important word in the definition of assault because it implies that words alone do not constitute an Assault.  The words have to be coupled with action in order for an assault to occur….