Battery and assault charges are serious crimes. In Illinois, assault and battery are two separate charges that are sentenced differently. Assault refers to the threat of violence where battery involves physical contact. However, there are different variations of battery charges ranging from minor misdemeanor charges to felony charges. Depending on the nature of the situation, the relationship with the other party involved, and other aggravating factors, an individual accused of battery in Illinois may face significant jail time. If you or a loved one were charged with battery, seek experienced legal counsel to fight the charges.
Domestic battery is defined as making aggressive physical contact with a member of your household or family. Those charged with domestic battery must have caused bodily harm without legal justification. This means that the physical violence that occurred was not a result of self-defense or any other justifiable reason. Typically, domestic violence includes: