Aggravated domestic battery is a serious offense in Illinois, and if you’ve been accused of committing it, you may want to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible.
The text of the law, which is located in 720 ILCS 5/12-3.3, says:
A person who, in committing a domestic battery, knowingly causes great bodily harm, or permanent disability or disfigurement commits aggravated domestic battery.
It also outlines one more instance that turns a domestic battery into an aggravated domestic battery:
A person who, in committing a domestic battery, strangles another individual commits aggravated domestic battery.
What Kind of Crime is Aggravated Domestic Battery?
Aggravated domestic battery is a Class 2 felony. With a Class 2 felony, you’re looking at a prison term of 3 to 7 years. If you get an extended term, you’re looking at 7 to 14 years behind bars.
Aggravated Domestic Battery vs. Other Types of Aggravated Battery
Aggravated domestic battery can only occur between people with certain types of relationships. Those relationships include:
- Blood-related family members
- Elderly or disabled adults and caregivers
- Current and former roommates
- People related by blood through a child
- Parents and children
- Stepparents and children
What if You’re Accused of Aggravated Domestic Battery?
If you’re accused of aggravated domestic battery, it’s probably a good idea to get in touch with a domestic violence defense lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer will ask you several questions and listen to your version of events — and he’ll begin putting together a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome.
If you need to talk to a lawyer about aggravated domestic battery charges, call us right away at 847-920-4540 for a free domestic violence defense case review.