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Crystal Lake Assault and Battery Attorneys

Crystal Lake violent crimes attorney

Illinois Criminal Lawyers Serving Aurora, Wheaton, Naperville, and Northern Illinois

In Illinois, assault and battery are two distinct crimes, though they are often charged together. The charge of battery can occur when someone makes physical contact with another person in either an insulting or injurious manner. The charge of assault is brought when someone threatens another person with physical harm. Both assault and battery can be either a misdemeanor or a felony offense. At the law office of Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, we are experienced in handling assault and battery cases. We are fluent in various defense strategies against these charges, and we fight hard to protect our clients' rights and freedom.

Assault Charges In Illinois

While assault does not involve making physical contact with another person it is a very serious crime. There are various degrees of severity for assault charges depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime. The more serious type of assault is called aggravated assault. There is a long list of conditions that can cause an assault to become aggravated assault including but not limited to:

  • Using a deadly weapon;
  • Concealing identity with a mask or hood;
  • Threatening a teacher on school grounds;
  • Threatening a police officer, paramedic, or ambulance driver; and
  • Threatening a disabled person or someone over 60 years old.

An aggravated assault charge can either be a Class A misdemeanor or a Class 4 felony, both of which carry the possibility of incarceration. These charges should be taken seriously and vigorously defended against. Our criminal law attorneys are experienced in handling all types of assault cases.

Battery Charges In Illinois

While battery charges stem from unwanted physical contact, it is important to remember that the complaining witness or alleged victim does not have to suffer physical harm in order for you to be charged. Spitting in someone's face, for example, can result in a battery charge even though there is no bodily injury. The contact merely has to be offensive or provoking, without consent, and done intentionally by the accused for it to rise to a battery offense.

Simple battery is typically a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois, but aggravated battery is a Class 3 felony. Aggravated battery can be charged in numerous situations including when:

  • Great bodily harm occurs;
  • A deadly weapon (other than shooting a gun) is used;
  • The perpetrator's identity is concealed with a hood or mask;
  • The victim is a teacher on school grounds;
  • The victim is a police officer, fireman, EMT or other state or county employee specified in the law; or
  • The victim is pregnant, physically handicapped, or 60 year old or older.

Some battery charges are even more severe. For example, aggravated battery of a child can range from a Class 1 felony to a Class X felony. At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, we have the knowledge and experience to handle any and all battery cases. We carefully examine the circumstances of the charges and consider all possible defenses. Our attorneys fight to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients whether in plea negotiations or at trial. We prioritize your freedom and your future.

If you or a loved one has been charged with assault and/or battery in Illinois, contact us to schedule a free consultation. We offer flexible appointment hours. From our Crystal Lake office we handle cases in McHenry County and Kane County.

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