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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 [...]

Police Crack Down After Spike in COVID-19 Domestic Violence Cases

The COVID-19 shutdown has affected Americans in many ways. Aside from (and possibly due in part to) the financial impact, there have been a number of other unintended side effects of this pandemic.

Across the nation, authorities are seeing a noticeable rise in domestic violence cases being called in. The spike in domestic violence reports is particularly worrisome to police because they believe the actual number of incidents may be far larger and going unreported.

While increased stress in the [...]

Illinois Domestic Assault: Is It a Misdemeanor or Felony Charge?

If you think that you could be facing domestic assault charges, knowing what you’re up against is the first step in taking action and fighting back to beat the charges against you.

Many clients ask us whether their domestic assault charge will be considered a felony or a misdemeanor. Domestic violence is what’s considered a “wobbler” offense. This means it can be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances of the offense.

We’ve put together a [...]

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 [...]

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How Aggravating Factors Can Affect Your IL Sentence

Aggravating Factors

Sometimes after a crime takes place, the perpetrator finds themselves in more serious trouble than they initially expected. Some charges contain what we call aggravating factors – and these factors can significantly worsen the penalties for a crime.

Recently, a man on a Chicago train in the Cermak Road area was stabbed in the face. Police don’t know what motivated the attack yet, but any discovered motivations could be considered aggravating factors in the crime. These could increase the sentencing [...]

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

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

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 [...]

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