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Where Is the Line between Self-Defense and Assault in Illinois?
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Where Is the Line between Self-Defense and Assault in Illinois?

Nearly four years ago, a Chicago police officer shot a teenager 16 times from 10 feet away. The teen had been behaving erratically while walking down the street, and at the time of the shooting was holding a folding knife with a three-inch blade. He did not obey police commands to drop the weapon, and then was shot.

 

The Chicago Police initially ruled the shooting justified. However, dashcam footage released 13 months later revealed that the teen was walking … Read More

Assault and Battery in Illinois: How Do the Laws Work?
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Assault and Battery in Illinois: How Do the Laws Work?

Chicago officers were recently called to a Citgo gas station in Joliet on reports of a domestic disturbance between a man and a woman. When the police arrived, the woman was no longer on the scene. They approached the man, asking for information about the incident. The man then reportedly refused to cooperate with the police by not moving when they requested it and verbally threatened the police while taking a fighting stance.

 

When the officers told the man … Read More

Charged with Assault in Illinois? How to Fight Back
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Charged with Assault in Illinois? How to Fight Back

When you hear that someone has been charge with assault, you might imagine a physical attack that ended up with someone going to the hospital. A fight where weapons were involved. Or maybe domestic abuse.

 

However, under the laws of our state, assault is far easier to commit than that. You don’t even have to touch anyone to receive a charge – that’s reserved for battery. By the letter of the law, all you need to do to assault … Read More