Aggravated Battery in Illinois
Battery in Illinois is the intentional and wrongful physical contact with a person without his or her consent that entails some injury or offensive touching. Aggravated battery is an unlawful intentional act of violent injury causing disability or disfigurement to someone. Aggravated battery is also battery accompanied by circumstances of aggravation.
What constitutes “circumstances of aggravation”?
The following are aggravating factors:
What is the possible punishment for an aggravated battery conviction?
Aggravated battery is a Class 3 felony with punishment ranging from probation to 2-5 years in prison and fines up to $25,000. However, if the victim is a police officer, the charge can be elevated to Class 2 or Class 1 felony, depending on the circumstances.
What should you do if you are suspected of battery or arrested?
The best thing you can do is say nothing, even if you think you can explain away what happened. Next you should look to hire an attorney who has a lot of experience in the county in which you are charged and can demonstrate legitimate success and experience in defending charges similar to yours. For example, if you were arrested in Chicago for battery, we would likely recommend a Cook County battery attorney who knows the prosecutors and Judges at the court you are assigned to.
Since a conviction for battery will stay on your record forever and could lead to jail time, it is important that you have a fighter in your corner. If you have questions about battery charges in Illinois or want a referral contact us at any time. We don't promise a result, but we do guarantee that we will never suggest a lawyer that we as attorneys wouldn't hire ourselves.