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Assault or Domestic Assault: Where Does Illinois Draw the Line?

Regardless of the circumstances, assault of any kind is considered a violent crime. This criminal offense often results in prison time, and a criminal history of violent crime can impact you far longer than any jail sentence.

That said, Illinois law does charge episodes of assault and battery separately from domestic violence. Additionally, domestic assault convictions usually carry more severe criminal consequences, and are met with a host of civil consequences that could affect many aspects of your daily life.[...]

Spank Your Child, Get an Aggravated Battery Charge in Illinois?

The social attitude toward child discipline has shifted over the last several decades so that many disciplinary actions previously viewed as ordinary are now understood to be harming some of the most vulnerable people in society, and the severity of the penalties and sentencing associated with criminal child abuse charges reflect that. However, the array of punishment varies widely and ultimately depends on the specific actions taken.

 

One topic that remains hotly debated is corporal punishment. Is it effective? [...]

What the Assault Arrest Process Should Look Like in Chicago

Being arrested by a law enforcement officer is something that no one ever wants to experience. The arrest process is, to say the least, unnerving, leaving the accused flustered and more prone to making lapses in judgement. Unfortunately, law enforcement is well aware of this, and officers often take advantage of the situation by tricking the accused into incriminating themselves.

 

If you’re arrested following an alleged assault, you may not necessarily be charged with a crime. In fact, the [...]

Where Is the Line between Self-Defense and Assault in Illinois?

Nearly four years ago, a Chicago police officer shot a teenager 16 times from 10 feet away. The teen had been behaving erratically while walking down the street, and at the time of the shooting was holding a folding knife with a three-inch blade. He did not obey police commands to drop the weapon, and then was shot.

 

The Chicago Police initially ruled the shooting justified. However, dashcam footage released 13 months later revealed that the teen was walking [...]

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 [...]

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Men Aren’t Always the Aggressors in Illinois Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence cases are increasing nationwide and are being highlighted in the media as a major problem in society today. In turn, domestic violence has received broader attention from lawmakers — and rightfully so.

There is a hidden epidemic, though: men can also be domestic violence victims.

In fact, the subject of domestic violence against men is recognized so little that many male victims of domestic violence don’t even recognize they are being abused.

Because of these societal norms, in [...]

Ways to Defend against an Illinois Shoplifting Charge

Shoplifting / Retail Theft

Shoplifting is common; so much so that many people see it as being no big deal. However, shoplifting is in fact a criminal offense taken very seriously by retailers and the state of Illinois.

Were you aware that shoplifting as little as $300 in merchandise is an automatic felony punishable by 2-5 years in prison? That’s an easy sum to reach these days — a couple of shirts and a nice bag, really.

Additionally, regardless of the value of items [...]

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