Understanding Battery Charges In Illinois

If you are facing battery charges in Illinois, there is simply no substitute for experienced legal guidance. With more than 46 years of combined criminal defense experience, the attorneys at Clark, Glasgow and McClintock, LLC, are not only knowledgeable, they understand the fear and uncertainty that you are dealing with.

Types Of Battery Offenses

What many people do not realize is that battery charges can be broken down into several different categories in Illinois, including:

  • Disorderly conduct: A wide-ranging charge that Illinois statutes define as acting "in such unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb another, or to provoke a breach of the peace." Disorderly conduct charges are typically a Class C misdemeanor with penalties up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
  • Battery: When an individual knowingly, and without justification, causes bodily harm to another, or makes physical contact with another in an insulting or provoking way. This offense is a Class A misdemeanor with penalties of up to one year in the county jail and up to a $2,500 fine plus court costs.
  • Aggravated battery: When an individual commits a battery (without a firearm), he or she knowingly strangles another, or causes great bodily harm, permanent disfigurement or permanent disability to another. Aggravated battery can also include several other offenses such as when an individual commits a battery using a firearm or conceals his or her identity. Charges for this offense range from a Class 3 felony to a Class X felony with time in state prison as opposed to county jail.
  • Domestic battery : When an individual knowingly, and without justification, causes bodily harm to a household or family member, or makes physical contact with a household or family member in an insulting or provoking way. This offense is a class A misdemeanor, although it increases to a Class 4 felony if the individual has a prior violent crime conviction or two prior domestic battery convictions.

In addition to the offenses listed above, Illinois law also contains provisions related to aggravated domestic battery and battery to an unborn child, among others. Also, as the above-referenced offenses illustrate, the condition of the alleged victim often dictates how severe the potential punishment will be for the accused.

Legal Representation You Can Count On

As with any criminal offense, if you are facing battery charges, it is crucial to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected. At Clark, Glasgow and McClintock, LLC, we serve clients throughout West-Central Illinois. For a free initial consultation, call us at 309-760-4602 or email us online.