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Assault & Battery Defense Lawyer in Chicago

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The Law Offices of Gemma B. Dixon takes pride in defending the rights of the accused. Assault and battery charges carry serious penalties that can have lifelong negative consequences. At our firm, we take each client’s individual needs into consideration, and tailor legal strategies to their particular situations. We know you are going through a frustrating and stressful time. That is why our Chicago criminal defense attorney strives to handle the legal issues and provide personal services throughout the process. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our dedicated legal advocate.

Definition of Assault & Battery in Illinois

Under Illinois law, assault and battery are 2 separate charges. Assault refers to conduct that threatens to use physical force against another person. It typically does not involve actual physical contact or violence. For example, if a person walks toward another person with fists raised, this would count as assault.

On the other hand, battery is the actual use of physical force against another person. It includes hitting, punching, pushing, and making any intentional physical contact that causes bodily harm or is of a provoking or insulting nature. Assault basically threatens a person with bodily harm, while battery is the actual physical contact that causes bodily harm.

Penalties for Assault & Battery

In the state of Illinois, assault and battery charges carry severe penalties. A conviction of assault is typically a Class C misdemeanor, while battery is usually a Class A misdemeanor. However, aggravated assault charges may count as Class A misdemeanors, Class 4 felonies, or Class 3 felonies, depending on the circumstances. In addition, aggravated battery charges may count as felony charges.

Aggravated assault involves:

  • Assault on public property, amusement park, or sports venue
  • Assault against a disabled or elderly person, peace officer, or correctional officer
  • Assault with the use of a firearm, other weapon, or motor vehicle

Aggravated battery involves causing serious bodily harm or disability without the use of a firearm. It also includes battery against a teacher, student, senior citizen, peace officer, emergency personnel, or nurse, as well as other professional employees. In certain situations, aggravated battery may also include the use of a firearm or weapon. The prosecution must prove that the defendant knowingly and willfully committed the act of violence against another person with the intent to cause harm.

Penalties for assault and battery include prison sentences ranging from 1 to 15 years, and fines of $2,500 to $25,000. Community service of 30 to 100 hours may also be required. Because the penalties for a conviction can have long-lasting negative impacts on your life, it is important to seek experienced representation. Depending on the situation, our team can use effective legal defenses for your case, such as claiming you used self-defense, to try to lessen or drop the charges. We are committed to meeting your legal needs, and can work hard to provide informative, thorough services from start to finish.

Seek a Favorable Outcome with the Help of Our Lawyer

With the Chicago criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Gemma B. Dixon, you can receive tenacious representation. Our firm has helped numerous clients achieve successful results. If you have been arrested and charged with assault or battery, we can provide the personal legal defense you need as you pursue a beneficial solution.

Call us at (312) 487-2407 today for passionate representation against charges of assault or battery.