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The charge of domestic battery or domestic violence suggests that you knowingly made unlawful physical contact with a family or household member. When posted next to an inmate on the jail website, you will often see this crime referred to as one of the following: Battery/Domestic, Domestic Battery/Bodily Harm, Domestic Btry/Physical Contact and Domestic Btry/Contact/Prior. The law covering these cases is found in 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2.     The most common cases of domestic battery involve a husband striking his wife or a boyfriend striking his girlfriend. That being said, it is also a crime for a wife or girlfriend to strike her husband or boyfriend.
Every day in Chicago and the suburbs, both men and woman are arrested and charged with domestic battery under 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2. Although domestic battery is most often charged as a Class A misdemeanor, it is more serious than most other misdemeanor offenses. Unlike simple battery, a conviction for domestic battery will remain on the suspect’s record for the rest of their life.
It is critical to immediately contact an experienced and aggressive domestic violence defense lawyer. Mr. Weisberg spent several years prosecuting domestic violence cases as a prosecutor. He uses that experience and understanding of prosecution strategy to bring about the best possible results for his clients in charges under 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2. If you or a loved one faces domestic battery or other domestic violence related charges, contact Mr. Weisberg at his office or 24/7 on his cell phone at (773) 453-2140.
As serious an offense as domestic battery is under 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2, if certain factors are present the case can be elevated to a felony charge. When a domestic battery offense is charged as a felony, it is called aggravated domestic battery. Aggravated domestic battery is typically charged as a class 4 Felony and is punishable by up to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. There are two common ways in which a misdemeanor domestic violence charge can be upgraded to a felony aggravated domestic battery charge. The most common reason for a felony upgrade is where the defendant has a prior conviction for domestic battery. In this case, a second or subsequent domestic battery can be charged as a felony. The other way a domestic battery can become a felony charge is where the suspect causes great bodily injury to the victim. In either event, it is critical to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer like Andrew M. Weisberg. He will fight very hard to help you or a loved one avoid the consequences of conviction. Mr. Weisberg will aggressively represent you in the following cases involving domestic violence:
If you or a loved one have been charged with domestic battery (720 ILCS 5/12-3.2) 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.