Domestic battery or assault is a serious charge that can have both civil and criminal consequences. If you have been accused of domestic battery, it is important to put your case in the hands of an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. You should not attempt to discuss the case with police or with the alleged victim. To do so could have severe ramifications.
At Manassa Law P.C., our lawyers defend people who face criminal charges for domestic battery. We also represent abuse victims. We bring decades of family law and criminal defense experience to domestic assault issues. With offices in Barrington, Crystal Lake, St. Charles, Oakbrook Terrace and Deerfield, we serve clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area of Illinois.
What Is Aggravated Domestic Battery?
In Illinois, domestic battery occurs when a person intentionally causes physical harm to a family member or makes unwanted physical contact with a family member. You may be charged with domestic battery even if you do not cause serious injury to the other party. If the assault causes serious injury, you may be charged with aggravated domestic battery.
If police are called to your home following a 911 call and the officers see evidence of injury, it is likely that one of you will be removed from the home and charged with domestic battery. Police do not always make the right decision about whom to charge with a crime. You could be arrested even if all you did was defend yourself.
If you are charged with domestic battery or abuse, you will likely be subject to an emergency restraining order barring you from contacting the alleged victim. The no-contact order is typically valid for 21 days and could be extended to two years after a hearing. If you attempt to contact the alleged victim, you could be subject to additional criminal charges and put in jail.
Punishment for an aggravated domestic battery conviction can be extreme. You could be removed from your home and barred from seeing your children. You would have a permanent criminal record that would damage your reputation and make it difficult to find a job. You may be barred from owning firearms or ammunition.
If you have been accused of domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery, our lawyers will work diligently to protect your best interests. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 847-221-5511 or contact us online.