I’ve Dedicated My Life To Fighting For My Clients

Defending You Against Damaging Assault And Battery Charges In Illinois

In Illinois, being accused of assault doesn’t always mean physical contact was made. It’s enough if your actions were perceived as threatening, such as clenching a fist or yelling a threat. I’ve seen how assault and battery charges often go hand in hand, since the latter involves following through on the threat with physical contact. The stakes are high with aggravated assault, which can range from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class 4 felony, carrying penalties from county jail to state prison time.

At PGO Law Firm, I take the time to delve into your case and understand every facet of the charges against you. I know that “threatening behavior” can be subjective, and it’s possible to face assault charges without any intent to harm. If you find yourself in this tough spot, I’m here to offer my seasoned legal support.

Understanding Aggravated Assault Charges

Simple assault occurs when someone fears harm because of another’s actions. This could be a threat or an attempt at violence, regardless of whether it was acted upon. Aggravated assault happens when certain factors are present that escalate the charge and potential penalties.

These factors include using a deadly weapon, hiding your identity or concealing a weapon, discharging a firearm during an assault or assaulting specific individuals such as law enforcement, firefighters, teachers, the elderly or the handicapped. Assault against a public aid department employee or an employee of the state of Illinois is also considered aggravated assault.

Navigating Battery Charges In Illinois

If you have made physical contact with someone in a confrontational or offensive way, you might be charged with battery. Often, this follows a threat, which is why assault and battery charges are common partners.

Typically, a battery charge is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois, but the consequences can be far-reaching, including fines up to $2,500, up to one year in prison or probation, community service and a permanent criminal record that could affect future job or housing opportunities. In addition to these consequences, a conviction will also mean a permanent mark on your criminal record, which will show up on background checks when applying for jobs and housing.

What Constitutes Aggravated Battery?

Aggravated battery involves severe actions, such as causing significant bodily harm or using a dangerous explosive or chemical. A battery is also considered aggravated if the harm is inflicted on specific individuals like police officers or firefighters or if the victim is elderly.

Your Freedom Matters: Let’s Fight These Charges Together

When your freedom is at stake, you need a lawyer who will fight tenaciously for your rights, ensuring the full protection of the law is on your side. Contact me today at PGO Law Firm by calling 630-912-5051 or by filling out my online contact form to schedule a free consultation at my New Lenox law office.