If you’re like many people who have been arrested for domestic battery, you need to know: How bad is a domestic battery charge in Illinois?
The answer is a little bit complicated, because several factors come into play. Here’s what you need to know.
How Bad is a Domestic Battery Charge?
Domestic battery can be a Class A misdemeanor, a Class 4 felony or a Class 2 felony. The circumstances of your case will determine which type of crime the state charges you with – and whether the state can actually prove that you committed the crime.
How Bad is a Domestic Battery Charge When It’s a Class A Misdemeanor?
If the state convicts you of domestic battery as a Class A misdemeanor, you’re looking at up to a year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. You may spend a few days in jail or you could spend 364 days in jail – it all depends on the circumstances of your case.
Most cases of domestic battery are Class A misdemeanors. However, there are some cases in which a domestic battery becomes a felony.
How Bad is a Domestic Battery Charge When It’s a Class 4 Felony?
If you’ve been convicted of domestic battery before, the state can charge you with domestic battery as a Class 4 felony. Additionally, it can charge you with a Class 4 felony if:
- You used a firearm during the domestic battery
- The battery involved a child
- The battery involved sexual assault
The punishment for domestic battery as a Class 4 felony is up to three years in prison and fines of up to $25,000. The judge doesn’t have to sentence you to a full three years in prison, but he or she may choose to, depending on the circumstances of your case.
How Bad is a Domestic Battery Charge When It’s a Class 2 Felony?
When you’re charged with aggravated domestic battery, you’re looking at a Class 2 felony. Aggravated domestic battery involves causing great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement; and if you strangled someone during the commission of domestic battery, it’s also considered a Class 2 felony.
Learn More About Your Domestic Battery Charge – And Your Options
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