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Category: Domestic Assault

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 [...]

How To Fight an IL Protective Order for Domestic Violence

It can be a surprise for many people when they are made aware they have an order of protection, sometimes called a restraining order, against them.

In many cases involving domestic violence, orders of protection are issued by the judge without the defendant being present. This means that you may have no idea that an order of protection exists against you until you are served with it.

What can you do to fight an Illinois protective order in your domestic [...]

How To Protect Yourself Against Illinois Domestic Violence Claims

In the state of Illinois, certain acts of violence are categorized as crimes of domestic violence.  When an act of violence is committed against a person in your family or household, then domestic violence laws can apply toward the charges against you, resulting in prison time, fines, and even orders of protection against you.

Being convicted of domestic violence can have a significant impact on your life and impact your rights. That’s why it’s crucial to understand the domestic violence [...]

IL Domestic Violence Prosecutions Down, But You Can Still Be Charged

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single aspect of our lives, including how we get along with people in our own household.

According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, tensions between people quarantined together at home have resulted in more calls to the hotline in 2020. In fact, they report a 16 percent increase in the overall calls compared to the same time in the previous year.

Yet even as calls for help from domestic violence situations skyrocketed, the number [...]

The Line Between Domestic Assault and Domestic Battery in IL

In Illinois, when you take certain violent actions against members of your family or household, they’re classified as domestic violence crimes.

While a conviction won’t necessarily equate to a whole lot of time behind bars or payment of a whole lot in fines, you will jeopardize your home and family life as well as put a ding on your criminal record against you.

Not to mention, crimes committed against family members or household members tend to have consequences that impact [...]

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Domestic Battery’s Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Domestic Battery

The state of Illinois considers certain crimes to be very serious, which has led to the idea of mandatory minimum sentencing for some crimes. Aggravated domestic battery is a crime for which, if convicted, you face a mandatory minimum sentence.

What does that mean? It means you could spend a longer time in prison or jail, especially if you have any prior domestic battery convictions on your criminal record. Read on to find out what Illinois considers to be domestic [...]

Possessing Child Porn in IL: What Does It Mean?

Child Pornography

The issue of child pornography is something that is of great concern to the general public as well as law enforcement. That’s why the laws surrounding the crime are decisive and strict, and the definition of what constitutes child pornography and its possession is clearly spelled out under the current laws.

What does it mean to possess child pornography in Illinois? What types of penalties are associated with this crime? These are important questions for every citizen, so read on [...]

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