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Battery (also known as Battery/Makes Physical Contact) is charged under 720 ILCS 5/12-3  and refers to a person that knowingly and unlawfully makes physical contact that either harms the victim or is of an insulting or provoking nature. The most common form of battery under 720 ILCS 5/12-3 is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by a maximum sentence of 364 days in the county jail and a fine up to $2,500. Battery under 720 ILCS 5/12-3(a)(1)  means the victim was injured and 720 ILCS 5/12-3(a)(2)  means the victim found the contact offensive.
Battery can often be charged as a felony, or aggravated battery, when the injury caused is severe or the person injured is a member of a protected class. For example, if a suspect punches a person in the face and breaks the victim’s nose, the suspect will like face charges of aggravated battery which could result in a prison sentence up to 5 years. If a suspect strikes a police officer or senior citizen, that individual will likely face felony charges and the real possibility of a prison sentence a permanent felony record.
No matter the battery charge, if you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with battery, you should immediately contact Chicago battery defense attorney, Andrew Weisberg. Mr. Weisberg has the knowledge and experience of a former criminal prosecutor and he understands battery cases from all angles. If you face battery charges (720 ILCS 5/12-3) of any kind, contact Mr. Weisberg at the office or any time on his cell phone at (773) 453-2140.
When it comes to battery charges in Chicago and the suburbs, there are often two sides to the story. An experienced and aggressive battery defense lawyer will look at every possible defense that can be used to win your case. A very common and successful defense employed in battery cases is self-defense. In most fights, there is a winner and a loser of the fight. Unfortunately it is the winner that most often gets arrested and risks going to jail. Often times a successful self-defense argument can be made. If the person arrested was simply defending himself, he can argue self-defense and likely walk away with a finding of not guilty at trial. An excellent criminal defense attorney like Andrew Weisberg will bring out your defense in a way that is convincing to the judge or jury. Mr. Weisberg will investigate your case, speak to your witnesses and vigorously defend you for any of the following charges:
If you or a loved one have been charged with battery (720 ILCS 5/12-3) in the Chicago area, Andrew M. Weisberg is a criminal attorney with a reputation as an aggressive, smart and tough defense lawyer. He is a former prosecutor in Cook County and Will County, and he has gained vast experience in defending every area of criminal law, from sex crimes and violent offenses to domestic violence and theft offenses. To speak with Mr. Weisberg, call his office or his cell phone 24/7 at (773) 453-2140. The consultation is immediate, free and confidential.