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School Fights in Illinois Can Lead to Assault and Battery Charges
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School Fights in Illinois Can Lead to Assault and Battery Charges

Students are back in school in Illinois, and along with homework and extracurricular activities, you might also need to think about school-related assaults.

 

Two incidents from the previous school year stand out as warnings to both parents and students in the Chicago area.

 

Teens Arrested for Fighting in Chicago

 

Last May, a fellow student stabbed Destinee Garza with a pair of scissors during a fight at Oak Lawn Community High School, and she suffered laceration injuries to … Read More

In Illinois, Certain Victims Increase Assault and Battery Penalties
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In Illinois, Certain Victims Increase Assault and Battery Penalties

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the Facebook live “torture” video. The video, which was broadcast live on Facebook, showed four teenagers beating, gagging, and torturing a teen with mental disabilities. The four were arrested after a neighbor made a noise complaint, and police believe the victim was tied up for four to five hours that day.

 

Currently, the accused teens are being held in jail without bail. Earlier … Read More

7 Chicago Areas with the Highest Rates of Assault and Battery
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7 Chicago Areas with the Highest Rates of Assault and Battery

It’s no secret that Chicago has a serious problem with violent crimes, but certain neighborhoods have a history of being more dangerous than others.

 

This year, the city has witnessed a particularly high rate of assault and battery crimes, with a majority of these crimes concentrated in certain areas. In Illinois, assault is considered to be behavior that creates the threat or fear of bodily harm or unwanted physical contact, while battery is conduct that actually causes bodily harm … Read More

When a Plea Agreement May Be the Best Option in an Assault Case
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When a Plea Agreement May Be the Best Option in an Assault Case

Self-defense and defense of others are two arguments that are sometimes used to prove that an individual is not guilty of assault. However, the effectiveness of these defenses depend heavily upon the circumstances of each unique case and the defendant’s ability to show that any reasonable person would have perceived a threat in the same situation and that the only way to stop the threat was by using force. When it is not likely that the defendant will be able … Read More

3 Popular Assault Myths, Debunked
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3 Popular Assault Myths, Debunked

There’s a divide between the common perception of assault and its definition under Illinois criminal law. As a result, some defendants are surprised to find that their actions have resulted in an assault charge and are unsure what, if anything, they can do to avoid a conviction.

 

In order to clarify this often confusing charge, I’m going to discuss three of the most common assault myths that I encounter as a Chicago assault lawyer.

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Myth 1: Physical Contact