Whether you were falsely accused of domestic violence, you were defending yourself against domestic battery, or you made a mistake, criminal domestic violence is a serious offense in the state of Illinois—and if you’re like most people accused of this type of crime, you could benefit from talking to a domestic battery defense attorney who understands what you’re going through.
What is Criminal Domestic Violence in Illinois?
Criminal domestic violence has a different name under Illinois law; it’s called domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery. The two offenses are different, but the law’s use of the term domestic means you and the alleged victim must be:
- Spouses or ex-spouses
- Blood-related family members
- Co-parents of a child or children
- Roommates or former roommates
- In a caregiver relationship
- In a parent-child or stepparent-child relationship
Some other relationships may qualify for a domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery charge, and your attorney can explain how the law applies in your situation.
Possible Defenses to Criminal Domestic Violence in Illinois
Every case is different, so your domestic battery lawyer will ask you several questions about the incident that led to your accusation and arrest. He’ll also determine what type of evidence the prosecution has against you (remember, when the state accuses you of a crime, it’s their responsibility to prove that you’re guilty; you don’t have to prove that you’re innocent).
There are a handful of domestic violence defense strategies that your attorney may consider, including whether you used self-defense or you’re being falsely accused, and even whether the person accusing you falls under the appropriate “domestic” category. You can also plead not guilty to a domestic battery charge if it’s appropriate in your case.
Do You Need to Talk to a Criminal Domestic Violence Lawyer in Chicago, Skokie, or Rolling Meadows?
If you’ve been accused of any type of criminal domestic violence, it may be in your best interest to talk to a defense attorney as soon as possible.
We’re here to help. Call us at 847-920-4540 for a free domestic battery defense case review today. The sooner you call and explain your situation, the sooner we can begin to work on your defense.