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Category: Aggravated Battery

Did You Know Strangulation Can Aggravate an IL Battery Charge?

It isn’t uncommon for disagreements and arguments to sometimes become violent. When these incidents are serious enough, then typically someone within earshot (or closer) will call the police. Usually, the result is criminal charges for one or both of the parties involved.

The thing is, when there’s actual physical contact, there’s also a line between simple battery and an aggravated charge — one that can be ultrafine depending on what happened.

Strangulation, for instance, will automatically aggravate a battery charge. [...]

Hit a Minor, Get an Automatic Aggravated Battery Charge in Illinois

Regardless of the degree and circumstances surrounding the offense, criminal battery can be quite a serious charge. You could potentially face years behind bars, and a criminal record of violent crime can come back to haunt you for years.

Aggravated battery charges are even more serious than simple assault and battery. While simple battery often garners a misdemeanor charge, and penalties (at least on the first offense) are typically punished by probation, aggravated battery is always a felony which rarely [...]

Understanding Battery: What Happened at the Trump Rally

Politics is getting dangerous, and, unfortunately, we still have a long way to go to get to the November elections.

 

Illinois, and Chicago in particular, are on the main stage after a political rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump turned sour. And that’s putting it lightly.

 

Let’s take a moment to break down what happened at the University of Illinois – Chicago Pavilion on Friday, March 11.

 

Donald Trump, the current presidential front-runner, was scheduled to [...]

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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Do You Have to Steal Something to Be Charged with Illinois Burglary?

Burglary

Burglary is an oft-misunderstood crime.

Take the case of two 14-year-old boys in McHenry, Illinois. The juvenile suspects were arrested for the destruction of the former Just For Fun Roller Rink. The business had closed permanently in late 2020, and the boys started a fire in the empty rink. The flames quickly got out of hand.

One juvenile was charged with arson, burglary, and criminal damage to property, all felonies of varying classes. The other was charged with criminal trespass, [...]

Illinois Drug Charges? Learn about Concurrent vs. Consecutive Sentences

Drug Crimes

If you’re facing drug charges in Illinois, you may have a lot of questions. One of those might be the penalties you will face if you are found guilty—or choose to plead guilty.

In the state of Illinois, anyone pleading guilty or convicted of a crime in court is subject to the sentence for that particular crime.

For drug trafficking crimes, there’s much to understand about the structure of sentencing and how that can impact the amount of time you [...]

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