In the state of Illinois, there are very specific relationships that determine whether a fight is battery or domestic battery – and in the case of a fight with a roommate, you can be charged with domestic battery. This guide explains.
Can You Be Charged With Domestic Battery for Fighting Your Roommate?
Fights happen – even between close friends. If you and your close friend happen to be roommates, and if you get into a fight, you need to know that the state of Illinois can charge you with domestic battery. That’s true whether you’re the same or different genders, whether you’re romantically involved or not, and regardless of who instigated the fight or what it was over.
Domestic battery is a serious charge, too, and it’s one that you can’t erase from your criminal record later. That means it’s in your best interest to get the best possible outcome right off the bat. For many people, that means working with a domestic battery defense attorney who will work hard to preserve their rights.
Why is Fighting Your Roommate Considered Domestic Battery?
The crime of domestic battery occurs when a person knowingly and without legal justification:
- Causes bodily harm to any family or household member
- Makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with any family or household member
Because a roommate is considered a household member under Illinois law, either of these actions constitutes that crime of domestic battery.
What Should You Do if the State Charges You With Domestic Battery for Fighting With Your Roommate?
For most people, the best thing to do when facing a domestic battery charge is to get in touch with a criminal defense attorney. Your lawyer will be able to guide you throughout your case, represent you in court, help preserve your rights, and answer your questions. Your attorney will also fight to get you the best possible outcome in court.
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.