Can you be arrested for domestic battery during the coronavirus epidemic?
Here’s what you need to know.
Can You Be Arrested for Domestic Battery During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
The police haven’t stopped arresting people for allegedly committing crimes during the coronavirus pandemic – even as people are staying home more and avoiding public places, the police are working full-time. If you’re accused of abusing any household or family member, the police will come investigate – and they can arrest you.
Additionally, the courts are still hearing domestic battery cases during this time. (Even though many other cases are being put on the back burner for now.)
Who is a Household or Family Member?
Under Illinois law, the state can find you guilty of domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery if you cause bodily harm (or make contact of an insulting or provoking nature) to a person who falls into one of the following categories:
- Blood-related family members
- Current roommates
- Elderly adults and caregivers
- Disabled adults and caregivers
- Former rommates
- Individuals who are related by blood through a child
- Parents and children
- Stepparents and step-children
What Happens if You’re Arrested for Domestic Battery During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
If you’re arrested for domestic battery right now – just like any other time – there’s a good chance that the police will take you straight to jail. You may be released and told to return for your court date – but there’s no guarantee that they’ll let you leave. You could be stuck there until your day in court.
You still have the right to legal counsel, though, which means you can call us at 847-920-4540 or fill out the form below to get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to give you a free case review and help you start moving forward with your case. Additionally, to promote social distancing and to help keep our whole community safer, we’re giving video consultations (we can use Facebook Messenger, Skype or FaceTime – whatever works best for you) to people who prefer them. We will still be in court to represent you.
If you’ve been accused of domestic battery, you can still be arrested for it during the coronavirus pandemic. Just know that we’re here for you every step of the way.