Domestic battery can be considered a Class 3 felony in Illinois – and that’s makes it a serious crime. Here’s what you need to know about this serious crime.
Can Domestic Battery Be a Class 3 Felony in Illinois?
Under Illinois law, domestic battery is a Class 3 felony if you (the defendant) had three prior convictions of domestic battery in the state of Illinois or if you had three prior convictions of a substantially similar crime somewhere else.
That means that if you were convicted of something similar to domestic battery in another state, those crimes count against you in the state of Illinois. If you were convicted of a domestic violence offense in Michigan, Wisconsin or anywhere else, your charge can become a Class 3 felony in Illinois – even if you’ve never been charged with or convicted of domestic battery in Illinois before.
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What Happens if You’re Convicted of Domestic Battery as a Class 3 Felony?
Class 3 felonies are among the most serious crimes in the state of Illinois; they’re more serious than any misdemeanors, as well as more serious than Class 4 felonies. If the state convicts you of domestic battery as a Class 3 felony, you could spend between 2 and 5 years in prison and pay serious fines.
What Should You Do if You’re Accused of Domestic Battery as a Class 3 Felony?
If you’re accused of domestic battery as a Class 3 felony, your best bet is likely to talk to an attorney about your situation. Your lawyer can give you the guidance you need about moving forward and represent you in court.
Remember that a Class 3 felony is serious, and if you’re convicted, you could go to prison. It may be best for you to have a skilled attorney protecting your rights and working to get you the best possible outcome.
Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Domestic Battery Defense?
If you need to talk to a domestic battery defense attorney in Illinois, we’re here to help. Call us at 847-920-4540 now – we’ll be happy to give you a free consultation and talk to you about your options.