Domestic Battery Attorney
Otherwise harmless arguments or other disputes at home often escalate, and before you know it someone strikes or pushes another family member and the police are called. Although you may think it was a relatively minor incident, this action may be charged as domestic battery. In the State of Illinois this is dealt with as a significant, serious matter. When tempers subside and everyone cools off, people believe that charges can be dropped and the whole incident erased. In some counties in Illinois, particularly DuPage, things don’t happen in that manner. Once a domestic battery charge is filed, it may not be dismissed even if the complaining witness may wish to do so. These matters are prosecuted and a conviction for domestic will be punishable with fines of up to $2,500 and up to one year in county jail. The disposition known as court supervision, where no conviction in entered on your record, is not available.
Alleged domestic violence is not something to be taken lightly. If you are facing this type of charge, you need the guidance of an experienced Illinois criminal lawyer. For more than 23 years, Attorney Kathryn L. Harry has been representing clients charged with domestic battery in Cook County, DuPage County and communities throughout the Chicago area. Our firm has the experience and dedication to fight the charges against you and help secure a favorable outcome in your case.
Illinois law defines domestic battery as an offense against a family member, spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, or someone living within the same household. A person commits this crime by causing bodily harm or by making physical contact which is considered to be of a provoking or insulting nature.
Illinois has a “zero tolerance” policy in domestic disputes. When called to a domestic disturbance, police are often required to make at least one arrest. This means one party will be required to spend at least one night in jail. That is followed by a 72-hour “cooling off” period where that person is expected to remain outside of the home. A domestic battery incident may also result in the filing of an order of protection or other proceedings initiated in divorce court, as described elsewhere on our site.
Consequences of Domestic Battery Conviction
Domestic battery has long-standing repercussions even if jail time is not a part of the sentence. Those found guilty and convicted of domestic battery may also experience one or more of the following issues:
- Denial of the right to carry a legal firearm;
- Trouble gaining certain kinds of employment;
- Limitation or loss of child visitation rights; or
- Introduced against you to deny you access to your children in any future child custody or visitation hearings.
Credit agencies and landlords are able to access records which will show any kind of conviction. A domestic battery conviction on your record would not bode well if you are looking for a new place to live. For this reason, if you are facing this charge, it is imperative to seek out a qualified criminal defense attorney immediately. Being charged with the crime does not mean you will always be found guilty. Your attorney will examine the charges against you and identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case that can have the charges reduced or dismissed.
For a free consultation with our office, contact Kathryn Harry & Associates P.C. today at (630) 472-9700. Our law office represents clients for domestic battery and other criminal legal cases in Cook County and DuPage County, including the city of Chicago and its suburbs of Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Bensenville, Itasca, Hillside, Darien, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Brookfield and surrounding Illinois communities.