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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 [...]

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, [...]

I Want to Drop Domestic Violence Charges – What Does IL Law Say?

Our state takes domestic violence charges very seriously. So seriously, that law enforcement officers must arrest an offender if they have evidence of any injury to the victim.

In other words, if police are called in and there is a domestic dispute where one party appears to have injured the other, they are required to arrest the alleged perpetrator by law.

As you might imagine, this can cause some tricky situations. What if two people in a romantic relationship are [...]

Morocco Omari and the Stigma of Chicago Domestic Battery Charges

Former Empire actor Morocco Omari recently fought a battle with domestic violence charges. What happened?

 

Omari, 46, was arrested in April 2017 for misdemeanor domestic battery. That month, a 24-year-old woman who claimed to be Omari’s girlfriend told police that he had pushed her during an argument and caused injuries.

 

The woman is from North Carolina and was visiting Chicago for the first time in April 2017. She claimed he assaulted her after she insulted him in his [...]

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Chicago Just Had Its Most Violent Day in 60 Years

Murder | Violent Crimes

Chicago sees its fair share of violence and crime, but over a weekend at the end of May, violence saw a new high.

According to the University of Chicago Crime Lab, May 31, 2020, was the most violent day Chicago has seen since it started collecting data in 1961. Eighteen people were killed in one day, and 25 were killed in total before the weekend was over.

Murder is a crime that carries with it severe penalties, but being charged [...]

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 [...]

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