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The Perils of Quicker Domestic Violence Convictions
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The Perils of Quicker Domestic Violence Convictions

In January, a Rantoul man was found guilty of hitting a woman and stopping her from leaving her home. Only two months later, he went to county jail to serve three years behind bars – the absolute maximum sentence for domestic battery.

 

If that timeframe seems fast, you’re not wrong.

 

The State’s Attorney’s office has put a new initiative in place designed to bring offenders to justice “faster than ever before.” According to Assistant State’s Attorney Claire Sharples … Read More

5 Consequences of a Domestic Battery Conviction
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5 Consequences of a Domestic Battery Conviction

A criminal conviction will follow you around for the rest of your life, limiting many potential opportunities. Not only will you have difficulty finding a job, a place to live, and getting an education, but your family, friends, and reputation will also be affected.

 

A domestic battery conviction will do all of this and so, so much more.

 

The United States and the state of Illinois treat domestic violence offenders harshly. In addition to any criminal penalties, you … Read More

New Law Helps Domestic Violence Victims Facing Separate Charges
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New Law Helps Domestic Violence Victims Facing Separate Charges

Laws are put in place to protect people and punish those who would victimize others. But what if an alleged offender in one instance is a victim in a separate situation?

 

One new law in our state addresses that exact situation. The idea behind this law is to help those who are victims of domestic violence and have also been charged with a separate crime. It’s called the Domestic Violence Sentencing Consideration, and it’s just going into effect this … Read More

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