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…

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…