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A domestic violence or domestic battery conviction leaves you facing serious consequences in every area of your life. You could end up losing your job, your family and everything you know – and you could end up spending time behind bars.
When the police come to your home and accuse you of spousal abuse or arrest you for domestic battery, you know that you’re in for an uphill battle.
You don’t have to fight that battle alone.
The first thing you should do is get in touch with a domestic battery lawyer in Chicago who understands Illinois domestic violence law.
If police arrest you, you don’t have to – and shouldn’t – answer their questions until your domestic battery attorney is present.
Your attorney will be able to preserve your rights and ensure that the questions police or investigators ask you are fair and legal. He’ll begin building a defense strategy that can clearly define your side of the story long before you even go before a judge.
Why do you need a domestic battery defense lawyer?
Watch this video and learn exactly how we will help you — and why you should hire Chicago, IL domestic battery defense lawyer Matt Fakhoury.
About Domestic Defense
What Does the State of Illinois Consider Domestic Violence?
Illinois law is very clear about domestic battery. The actual statute is as follows:
(720 ILCS 5/12-3.2) (from Ch. 38, par. 12-3.2) Sec. 12-3.2. Domestic battery. (a) A person commits domestic battery if he or she knowingly without legal justification by any means: (1) causes bodily harm to any family or household member; (2) makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with any family or household member.
Domestic Battery Charges in Chicago and in Cook County
Under 750 ILCS 60, domestic violence is any physical, emotional or sexual abuse of a household or family member by another.
Unfortunately, domestic violence and domestic battery accusations are often unfounded. In Chicago and the rest of Illinois, it’s too common for a spouse, an ex or a significant other to make up allegations of abuse. Spousal abuse is a serious crime, but in many cases, the accuser exaggerates or completely fabricates a story to make the situation worse.
Some domestic violence allegations are made during difficult divorces or drawn-out child custody battles. Others are made out of sheer spite after a breakup. In many cases, prosecutors follow up with these types of charges, even after the accuser recants his or her accusations.
People across Chicago are convicted of domestic violence every day, and the state considers it a violent criminal offense. Whether you actually made a mistake or the allegations are false, it’s essential that you work with a domestic violence lawyer in Chicago.
Domestic violence can include, but is not limited to:
The Consequences of a Domestic Battery Conviction in Illinois
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, the state could charge you with a Class 4 felony or a Class A misdemeanor. You could face up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500 – but if you have prior convictions, a judge could sentence you to up to 3 years in state prison and fine you up to $25,000.
A judge could also order you to attend counseling or anger management classes, or to probation. There are long-term consequences, as well, including restrictions on where you’re permitted to live, revocation of occupational or professional licenses, and even possible repercussions when it comes to custody of your children.
By working with a domestic battery attorney in Chicago, you’ll have someone in your corner. Someone who is willing to fight for you; someone who will ensure that your side of the story comes out in court.
Even if the state has already charged you with a domestic violence offense, it still isn’t too late to get in touch with an attorney.
Your lawyer will be there with you during the entire process. He’ll explain your rights, walk you through possible outcomes and answer your questions every step of the way.
Call a Domestic Battery Lawyer in Chicago Now
You don’t have the luxury of time if the state is accusing you of spousal abuse. The sooner you get in touch with a domestic battery lawyer in Chicago, the better. Misdemeanor domestic battery cases are tried in the courthouse at 555 West Harrison in Chicago; felony cases and those that involve stalking are tried at the Criminal Courts Building at 2600 South California.
We work with all types of domestic violence cases, including domestic battery, aggravated domestic battery and orders of protection.
Call us at 847-920-4540 or contact us online. We have locations in Chicago, Skokie, and Rolling Meadows.
Domestic BatteryDomestic battery is a criminal offense in the state of Illinois. It involves physical harm caused to another person; it can also refer to unwanted physical contact, insulting contact or provoking physical contact.
Proving Domestic Battery: The Prosecutor’s JobYou may be able to claim self-defense or defense of another person in a domestic battery case.
Aggravated Domestic BatteryAggravated domestic battery is a crime under Illinois law. It involves the defendant intentionally causing great bodily harm or causing permanent disability or disfigurement.
Aggravated Domestic Battery: RelationshipsIf you’re facing aggravated domestic battery charges in Chicago or the suburbs, you need an experienced lawyer to preserve your rights and represent you in court.
Orders of ProtectionOrders of protection are commonly called restraining orders, and they can pose serious problems when it comes to seeing your children, going to your own home, and going about your everyday life.
What to Do if You’re Under an Order of Protection in ChicagoIt’s important that you hire tough legal representation – a criminal defense attorney who will fight to preserve your rights and ensure the best possible outcome in your case.
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“Mr. Fakhoury not only dismissed my case, but also successfully expunged the charge from my criminal record (He even went as far as discounting his services for me because of how understanding and empathetic he was for my family).”
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