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Category: Aggravated Battery

Self-Defense Laws in Illinois & Aggravated Battery Cases

In today’s world, understanding self-defense laws is crucial to ensuring one’s safety and legal rights. In the state of Illinois, like in many other jurisdictions, self-defense is a legally recognized concept. However, knowing when and how you can use force to protect yourself or others without running afoul of the law can be complex.

In this blog, we will delve into the self-defense laws in Illinois, clarifying when individuals have a legal right to use force to protect themselves and [...]

IL Domestic Battery vs. Aggravated Battery: What’s the Difference?

In the state of Illinois, there are certain actions one can take against household or family members that can land them in legal trouble – namely, domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery charges.

A conviction for either one of these crimes is serious, but what many people don’t understand is the difference is between the two.

What constitutes domestic battery and how is different than aggravated domestic battery? Read on to find out, as well as the consequences that can [...]

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 [...]

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Using the 2nd Amendment to Fight IL Weapons Charges

Weapons Charges

In the realm of criminal law, navigating weapons charges can be a daunting task, especially in jurisdictions like Chicago, where firearm regulations are stringent. However, one avenue that defendants may explore is invoking the protections offered by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Understanding how the Second Amendment intersects with weapons charges and its interpretation within the legal framework of Chicago is crucial for building a robust defense strategy.

The Second Amendment: An Overview

The Second Amendment of [...]

Mistaken Identity: When You’re Not the Chicago Thief They’re Looking For

Mistaken Identity | Wrongful Accusations | Theft

In the realm of criminal justice, mistaken identity is a persistent and troubling issue. One of the most distressing scenarios is when an individual finds themselves falsely accused of theft, grappling with the repercussions of a crime they didn’t commit.

Such cases often underscore the critical importance of establishing an airtight alibi and presenting compelling evidence to assert innocence. Let’s delve into this complex issue, exploring real-life instances of mistaken identity in theft accusations and the imperative of constructing a [...]