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Laws Against Domestic Violence in Illinois

By | 2016-10-28T15:48:41+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Aggravated Domestic Battery, Domestic Battery, Domestic Violence|

What Are the Laws Against Domestic Violence? Whether you’re in Skokie, Rolling Meadows, or Chicago (or anywhere in-between), you’re subject to laws against domestic violence. In fact, the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 is a very broad set of laws that make domestic violence against the law.

When is Domestic Battery a Class 4 Felony in Illinois?

By | 2016-12-01T15:18:26+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Domestic Battery|

If you’ve been charged with domestic battery as a Class 4 felony, it’s probably a good idea for you to get in touch with a domestic battery defense lawyer immediately. The penalties of a conviction are harsh—and they can include time in jail, steep fines, and other consequences (including being served with an

How to Read an Order of Protection in Illinois

By | 2016-10-28T15:48:42+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Domestic Violence|

If someone takes out an order of protection against you, you’ll probably have a lot of questions—including how to read it and what each section means. An order of protection is a long document—it’s 13 pages in all—and some of the language it uses can be confusing. The main thing you need to know is that if a judge has signed an order of protection, you’re legally obligated to follow what it says; if you violate it, you could end up going to jail, paying fines, and facing other penalties.

Can You Win an Illinois Domestic Battery Case?

By | 2016-10-28T15:48:42+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Domestic Battery|

If you’ve been accused of domestic battery in the state of Illinois, it is possible to win your case—but because every case is different, and because each case has its own details, there’s no way to guarantee your case’s outcome ahead of time. Factors That Affect the Outcome of Your Domestic Battery Case Several factors affect the outcome of any domestic battery case, including whether or not the person who’s accused—the defendant—is innocent or guilty. (Naturally, everyone is considered innocent until they’re proven guilty in court.) Another factor? The strength of the prosecution’s evidence against you. It’s not your job to prove that you’re innocent.

What Counts as Domestic Battery in Chicago?

By | 2016-12-15T00:49:51+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Domestic Violence|

Domestic battery is a crime in the state of Illinois, and it’s one that’s punished severely. Further, the consequences of a domestic battery conviction can follow you around for the rest of your life—and those consequences can have serious repercussions on your reputation, your future employability, and more. What is Domestic Battery Under Chicago Law? Domestic battery is the same throughout the state.

Can You Ever Get a Domestic Battery Conviction Off Your Record?

By | 2016-10-28T15:48:42+00:00 July 29th, 2016|Domestic Violence|

If you’re like most people who have been accused of domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery, or if someone has taken out an order of protection against you, you’re wondering what to do next. You’re definitely not alone. You’re facing some tough choices right now, and if you take the wrong course of action, you may be extremely sorry. The fact is that a domestic battery conviction will stick with you the rest of your life, barring a pardon from the governor (or the president of the United States, if you happen to know someone who knows someone). What a Domestic Battery Conviction Can Do to Your Future A domestic battery conviction will stay on your criminal record, regardless of whether you were sentenced to fines, probation, or jail time.

Can Illinois Charge You With Domestic Violence if You’re Not Married?

By | 2016-10-28T15:48:42+00:00 July 15th, 2016|Domestic Violence|

The state of Illinois can charge you with a domestic violence offense if you commit any act of battery against a family or household member. That means even if you’re not married, you could be convicted and sentenced for a crime that could result in jail time. Family and Household Members Under Illinois Domestic Violence Laws Under Illinois law, domestic battery or