Assault & Battery Defense Lawyer in Chicago
Defending Clients for More Than 16 Years
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
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
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.