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Domestic Violence Charges in Illinois: Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve been hit with a domestic violence charge, there are probably many important questions running through your mind…and for good reason.

These charges not only have serious criminal and civil implications but can also permanently damage your reputation.

We’ve put together a guide covering the questions we’re frequently asked regarding domestic violence charges, and what you can do to protect your rights during this trying time.

What Is Domestic Battery According to Illinois Law?

A: Battery is physical harm [...]

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

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 [...]

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.[...]

The Psychology of Chicago Domestic Violence and Your Defense

Over 1,000 women are murdered each year in America due to domestic violence. It is an epidemic that affects men, women, and families regardless of race, socio-economic status, religion, or family structure, creating a traumatic experience for every member of the family, whether they are a victim, witness, or abuser.

 

If you are charged and convicted, you face jail time, heavy fines, and other penalties that can seriously affect your ability to lead a productive life, be a parent, [...]

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? [...]

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Could Protests Lead to Real Criminal Justice Changes in Chicago?

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Protests that are moving across America are meant to highlight racism in the United States and how it plays out in numerous ways in our society each day. In doing this, these protests are also highlighting the myriad ways that the criminal justice system in this country must be reformed… and starting to make those reforms a reality.

Here are just a few of the criminal justice reforms that activists are working on to help ensure all Americans are free [...]

The Right Way for Private Citizens to Sell Firearms in Illinois

Gun Crimes | Weapons Charges

Illinois has strict and often confusing laws surrounding the rights of private citizens to sell firearms in the state. If you are interested in selling firearms as a private citizen, it is essential that you fully understand what these rights and limitations are. 

Failure to understand these laws and properly comply with them can otherwise lead to the serious charge of firearms trafficking. 

We’ll discuss exactly what firearms trafficking is and what the penalties are for violating this law. Then [...]

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