If you’re like many people in the middle of domestic battery cases in Illinois, you have questions. First things first, though: You have the right to hire an attorney – and if you can’t afford to hire an attorney, the court may appoint one for you. If you’re facing a domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery charge, you should at least call an attorney for a free consultation.
In the meantime, here are answers to a couple common questions about domestic battery cases in Illinois.
Domestic Battery Cases in Illinois: The Basics
Some of the most common questions we hear include:
- What’s the sentence for domestic battery in Illinois?
- Can domestic battery charges be dropped in Illinois?
- How serious is a domestic battery charge?
- Can you get a FOID card with a domestic battery?
- Is domestic battery a misdemeanor or a felony?
Here are quick answers to each of these questions – but if you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please feel free to call us at 847-920-4540 for a free consultation with a caring, experienced attorney.
What’s the sentence for domestic battery in Illinois?
A standard domestic battery charge is a Class A misdemeanor, although there are other circumstances that, if present, turn it into a Class 4 or Class 2 felony. With a Class A misdemeanor conviction, you can be sentenced to up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
Can domestic battery charges be dropped in Illinois?
The person who reports domestic battery in Illinois cannot “drop” the charges. Once the case is in the prosecutor’s hands, only the prosecutor can decide whether to drop it.
How serious is a domestic battery charge?
Domestic battery is very serious. It can be a Class A misdemeanor or a Class 2 felony, depending on the circumstances of your case.. Once a domestic battery conviction is on your record, it’s there to stay. You can’t expunge or seal it.
Can you get a FOID card with a domestic battery?
If you have been convicted of domestic battery, you are not allowed to apply for a FOID card. That’s true even if the conviction was only for misdemeanor domestic battery.
Is domestic battery a misdemeanor or a felony?
Domestic battery cases can be misdemeanors or felonies in Illinois. If it’s your first offense and you didn’t strangle the alleged victim or cause great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement, you’re most likely being charged with a misdemeanor. However, if you strangle the alleged victim or cause great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement, you can be charged with a Class 2 felony.
Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Domestic Battery Cases in Illinois?
If you’ve been accused of domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery, we may be able to help you. Call us right away at 847-920-4540 or fill out the form below to get a call back from an experienced domestic battery defense lawyer now.