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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 [...]

Do You Know the Difference Between IL Assault and Battery Charges?

Illinois assault or battery charges are usually punishable by jail time, hefty fines, and/or hours of community service. You’ll also be left with a criminal record of violent crime.

That’s nearly where the similarities between these crimes end…at least in the eyes of Illinois law. Although the consequences for either assault or battery are severe, they are prosecuted differently.

If you are facing assault or battery charges, it’s important to understand the legal distinction between these two offenses so that [...]

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 [...]

Assault and Battery in Illinois: How Do the Laws Work?

Chicago officers were recently called to a Citgo gas station in Joliet on reports of a domestic disturbance between a man and a woman. When the police arrived, the woman was no longer on the scene. They approached the man, asking for information about the incident. The man then reportedly refused to cooperate with the police by not moving when they requested it and verbally threatened the police while taking a fighting stance.

 

When the officers told the man [...]

School Fights in Illinois Can Lead to Assault and Battery Charges

Students are back in school in Illinois, and along with homework and extracurricular activities, you might also need to think about school-related assaults.

 

Two incidents from the previous school year stand out as warnings to both parents and students in the Chicago area.

 

Teens Arrested for Fighting in Chicago

 

Last May, a fellow student stabbed Destinee Garza with a pair of scissors during a fight at Oak Lawn Community High School, and she suffered laceration injuries 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 [...]