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Understanding Your Domestic Battery Charge
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Understanding Your Domestic Battery Charge

Couples, family members, and people who are in a close relationship don’t always get along. Most of the time, even when they argue, fight, and say things they don’t mean, they’re usually forgive each other and move on.

 

If your argument or fight turns violent, however, you could be charged with a domestic battery offense under Illinois domestic violence laws. And depending on your history and the nature of the offense, you could be facing either a misdemeanor or … Read More

Celebrity Cases Don’t Reflect Domestic Violence Laws’ Reality
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Celebrity Cases Don’t Reflect Domestic Violence Laws’ Reality

It’s an unfortunate truth in America—both celebrities and the very rich often get away with crimes the average person would be locked away for.

 

The Huffington Post recently sought to answer the question “Why Do Famous Men Keep Getting Away With Violence Against Women?” The piece rode the wake of the recent release of the biopic Straight Outta Compton, which focused on the rise of rap group N.W.A.

 

Though the film was a box office success, it also … Read More

The Two Kinds of Domestic Battery in Illinois
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The Two Kinds of Domestic Battery in Illinois

On June 19 of this year, a Carbondale, IL man was convicted of domestic battery. The convicted man is currently awaiting sentencing, where he may face up to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

 

Though traditionally a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail, in the case of the above mentioned defendant, a previous criminal record resulted in a much harsher sentence for the defendant. If you’ve been accused of domestic battery, an attorney … Read More

How a Domestic Violence Conviction Can Ruin Your Career
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How a Domestic Violence Conviction Can Ruin Your Career

For Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald, jail time and fines may be the least of the consequences he faces for his domestic violence charge.

 

The pro football player was arrested last month on domestic violence charges after allegedly physically assaulting a victim while she was holding a baby, according to CNN. Following his arrest, the Bears released McDonald from the team.

 

The Bears had taken a gamble on McDonald when they took him on, knowing that the … Read More

Why It’s Important to Fight Against False Domestic Violence Allegations
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Why It’s Important to Fight Against False Domestic Violence Allegations

Though the domestic violence laws in Illinois are meant to protect families, abuse of domestic violence laws can harm the very families they were designed to keep safe. False domestic violence allegations can be harmful to the accused, their families, and the Illinois criminal justice system in general.

 

Regrettably, false domestic violence allegations are not uncommon both state- and nationwide.

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The prevalence of false allegations may be partially attributed to the broad definition of domestic violence in many