Domestic violence is a charged issue in the courtroom, and these cases can be intensive for all parties involved. It must be understood that no other area of criminal law involves false allegations more than domestic assault. It is an unfortunate truth that people often make false allegations in order to gain an advantage in child custody proceedings or to “get even” with an ex-partner. Prosecutors aggressively pursue such charges and it is crucial that you have legal representation if you have been arrested. At the PGO Law Firm, we handle matters involving domestic violence. If you have been charged with domestic battery, then call us today for a free consultation.
Penalties for Domestic Violence in Illinois
Domestic violence is a very serious charge that comes with even more severe punishments. Even if you didn’t commit the crime, or did not intend to, the court will attempt to portray you as a violent criminal who deserves punishment. The PGO Law Firm has the experience & knowledge to defend against the domestic violence charges you are facing.
In Illinois, domestic battery is considered a Class A misdemeanor. It can be elevated to a Class 4 felony if there is a prior conviction of domestic battery, violating an order of protection, or another violent crime against a household or family member. The penalties may include:
- Class A misdemeanor: less than a year in prison & a fine of $2,500
- Class 4 felony: up to 6 years in prison & a fine of $25,000
The Illinois Domestic Violence Act defines violence that happens within a range of relationship types, such as:
- Spouses & former spouses
- Parents, children & stepchildren
- Persons who formerly shared the same home
- Persons who dated or were engaged
- Persons who allegedly have a child in common
- Persons with disabilities
1st Steps In Your Domestic Battery Case
From the time you are arrested to the end of the case, anything you say to law enforcement, prosecutors, and friends or family can be used against you. This is why it is recommended that you do not try to explain the situation to anyone other than your attorney. Law enforcement is not there to help you, their job is to listen for anything that implies guilt. Even confiding in a friend or loved one can come back to hurt you if they are called to testify in court. They may want to help, but a skilled prosecutor can ask leading questions that will further hurt your case.
It is very important that you get the details clear and maintain consistency in your side of events. The PGO Law Firm is someone you can trust to look out for your best interests. If someone has accused you of domestic violence, then call us immediately to schedule an appointment.