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Chicago Aggravated Battery Lawyers

Chicago Aggravated Battery Attorneys

Criminal Defense Attorneys for Charges at 26th and California and All Chicago Area Courthouses

In the realm of criminal law, the details always matter. What may seem like a minor distinction to you may actually represent the difference between a misdemeanor charge and felony prosecution that could affect the rest of your life. This is especially true when you are facing allegations of a violent crime, as a seemingly minor infraction can quickly become a major problem and threat to your future. If you have been charged with battery or aggravated battery, the experienced attorneys at Luisi Legal Group can help you understand the potential implications, and provide quality representation you need during a difficult time.

Understanding Battery in Illinois

According to the Illinois Criminal Code, battery is defined as any unjustified physical contact with another person that:

  • Causes bodily harm to the individual; or
  • Is insulting or provoking in nature.

In other words, if you touch another person in any way that is harmful or offensive, you could face charges of battery. The most basic charge of battery is a Class A misdemeanor, carrying maximum penalties of up to a year in prison and $2,500 in fines. Our attorneys have helped many clients facing misdemeanor battery charges avoid conviction and keep their criminal records clean. First-time offenders, especially, may have a number of options, and we are equipped to help you explore every possibility.

Lawyers for Aggravated Battery Defense

Illinois law makes it possible for almost any battery charge to be elevated to aggravated battery due to the applicable circumstances. A prosecutor may seek a conviction for aggravated battery if the offense in question was allegedly committed:

  • With the intent of causing great bodily harm, disfigurement, or permanent disability;
  • Using a deadly weapon;
  • While wearing a mask, hood, or robe to conceal the perpetrator's identity;
  • On public property, including public places of accommodation and amusement, e.g. a park;
  • In or at a stadium, arena, or convention hall during an event;
  • Against a person who is known to be pregnant, physically handicapped, or age 60 and older;
  • Against a store owner or employee during the commission of a retail theft;
  • Against a teacher, coach, or administrator, on school property; or
  • Against a police officer, emergency worker, judge, security officer, taxi driver, public transportation driver, state employee, or volunteer engaged in the performance of their duties.

Aggravated battery is, at a minimum, a Class 3 felony, with maximum penalties of up to five years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. Certain aggravating factors could mean more serious charges, with dramatically more severe penalties.

Experienced Chicago Criminal Defense Attorneys

For more than 15 years, the lawyers at Luisi Legal Group have been handling cases of battery and aggravated battery just like yours. We have built a well-earned reputation as a team that knows the law and how to get results. You can rely on us to bring that experience and skill to your case. When you are facing criminal charges, the attorney you select can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Choose the law firm that wins cases like yours. Choose Luisi Legal Group.

To learn more about us or schedule your free initial consultation, contact our office. Call 773-276-5541 today and put our attorneys to work for you. We routinely handle cases for clients at the 26th and California Courthouse, Skokie Court, Richard J. Daley Center, Maywood Courthouse, Markham Court, and Bridgeview Courthouse.

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