What happens if you go to jail for domestic battery while the courts are closed? Here’s what you need to know.
What Happens if You Go to Jail for Domestic Battery While the Courts Are Closed?
If you go to jail for domestic battery while the courts are closed, you’re still going to have your case heard – but it may not be as quickly as you’d expect. While Chicago courts are still conducting domestic battery hearings, they’re running on limited staff. Some people aren’t working now, including many members of judges’ staffs.
Can You Still Get a Lawyer if You Go to Jail for Domestic Battery While the Courts Are Closed?
You can still get an attorney if you go to jail for domestic battery right now. You have the right to legal counsel, no matter what else is happening.
Legal services are considered essential, which means attorneys are still working – and we’re still coming up with solutions for our clients. We are still able to create strategies that get our clients the best possible outcomes.
What Are the Consequences of a Domestic Battery Conviction?
If you’re convicted of domestic battery as a Class A misdemeanor, you could spend up to a year in jail and pay up to $2,500 in fines. Usually, domestic battery is a Class A misdemeanor – but under some circumstances, it becomes a Class 4 felony. If you’re convicted of domestic battery as a Class 4 felony, you’re looking at up to 3 years in prison (not jail) and up to $25,000 in fines.
Domestic battery is a Class 4 felony if it’s aggravated – meaning you’re accused of strangling someone (either by cutting of his or her air or his or her circulation). It’s also a felony if you have a previous domestic battery conviction.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Going to Jail for Domestic Battery?
If you’ve been accused of domestic battery, we may be able to help you. Call us at 847-920-4540 or fill out the form below. We’re offering phone and video consultations to all our prospective clients right now.