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Category: Aggravated Assault

Facing Aggravated Assault Charges in Illinois: What You Need to Know

When charged with aggravated assault in Illinois, grasping the nuances of the offense becomes paramount. Unlike simple assault, aggravated assault involves specific elements that escalate the severity of the crime. In Illinois, it entails intentionally inducing fear of bodily harm in another person through the use of a dangerous weapon or by displaying behavior that implies the use of a deadly weapon. This legal distinction underscores the seriousness of the situation and calls for a comprehensive understanding of the legal [...]

Illinois Battery Charges: When the Assault was “Complete”

“Assault and battery.” You’ve probably heard this phrase on shows about law enforcement or violent crimes.

These two terms are paired together so often that they almost sound like the same crime. The truth about assault and battery in Illinois may come as a surprise to you, though. One of these crimes is more “serious” than the other.

At first glance, “assault” appears to be the more serious of the two crimes. You may have heard “assault” used to reference [...]

What It Means to Be Charged with “Aggravated” Assault in Illinois

In our state, an assault charge means that the offender caused the victim to be afraid of immediate violence. That’s it.

 

You do not actually have to have made physical contact or caused bodily harm to be charged with assault. To make matters worse, an assault charge can be bumped up to an aggravated assault, resulting in harsher charges and penalties.

 

What exactly is aggravated assault?

 

Aggravated Assault Involves Aggravating Factors

 

In any crime, aggravating or [...]

Simple and Aggravated Assault and Battery: the Differences

You’ve been charged with assault and battery. But is that one crime or two?

 

Though often lumped together, assault and battery are two distinct types of criminal offenses in Illinois. The primary distinction between the two crimes is that while battery typically involves bodily harm, assault charges may occur even if you only engage in conduct that places another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm.

 

Below, we’ve explored the similarities and differences between assault and battery crimes, [...]

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Understanding the Burden of Proof in Chicago Burglary Cases

Burglary

Burglary cases in Chicago, like all criminal cases, hinge on the concept of the burden of proof. Understanding this legal principle is crucial for both prosecutors and defense attorneys as they navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system. In this blog, we will delve into the burden of proof in Chicago burglary cases, exploring what prosecutors must demonstrate to secure a conviction and how defense attorneys work to challenge that proof. Additionally, we will discuss the importance of building [...]

Criminal Trespass and Civil Rights in IL: Discrimination and Profiling

Criminal Trespass

Criminal trespass laws are essential for protecting property rights and maintaining public safety. However, the enforcement of these laws can sometimes intersect with civil rights protections, leading to issues such as discrimination, racial profiling, and selective enforcement. In Chicago, individuals facing criminal trespass charges may be caught in these complex dynamics’ crosshairs. In this blog, we will explore the intersection of criminal trespass laws and civil rights protections in Illinois, shedding light on the challenges posed by discrimination and profiling [...]