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What is Domestic Violence in Illinois?

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Law Firm Defending DuPage County Clients Against Domestic Violence Charges

Domestic violence carries a stigma that can have devastating effects on you and your family, effects that far outlast any jail time, probation, or fine. If you are charged with domestic violence in Illinois, you need an attorney representing you that understands the law, the facts, and the social and familial ramifications a conviction can have on your life. The attorneys at Kathryn L. Harry and Associates, P.C. have successfully represented clients in domestic violence and domestic battery cases in DuPage, Cook, Kane, and Will Counties. Our criminal defense attorneys will not judge you. We will seek to defend you and bring your case, like so many others we have handled, to the best possible resolution.

Domestic Violence Charges in Illinois

A charge of domestic violence refers to any physical, emotional or sexual abuse by one household or family member against another. It is a broad crime, covering a number of offenses including:

  • Domestic battery
  • Stalking
  • Harassment

Domestic violence charges are brought for violent offenses perpetrated against household or family members, including:

  • Family members related by blood.
  • People who are married or used to be married.
  • People who share or used to share a home, apartment, or other common dwelling.
  • People who have or allegedly have a child or children in common, or a blood relationship through a child in common.
  • People who are dating or engaged, or who used to date, including same sex-couples.
  • People with disabilities and their personal assistants.

Depending on the specific offense charged, and the circumstances surrounding the offense, domestic violence may be classified as a misdemeanor or felony. Domestic battery, for example, is a Class A misdemeanor if it is the first offense. However, if you have a prior domestic battery or felony conviction, it may be elevated to a Class 4 felony. Penalties range from probation and fines to imprisonment. In some circumstances, jail time is mandatory.

Contact an Oak Brook Area Criminal Defense Attorney

Our attorneys know domestic violence charges can be complicated. New laws make it difficult, if not impossible, for law enforcement to exercise their discretion in making an arrest and pursuing charges, even when victim statements change or are non-credible. Additionally, a domestic violence conviction can negatively impact divorce, child custody, and other legal proceedings. That is why it is important to have aggressive and experienced representation in your corner, advocating on your behalf as soon as possible.

If you are charged with any of a number of domestic violence offenses, you are fighting a battle that requires our experienced and knowledgeable defense counsel. Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. is serious about helping you defend your rights and protect your freedom in any domestic violence case.

We have highly reputed defense attorneys ready to discuss your legal options in a free initial consultation. Call our DuPage County domestic violence defense attorneys at 630-472-9700 to get the help you deserve. Serving Hinsdale, Wheaton, Downers Grove, Willowbrook, Westchester, Clarendon Hills, DuPage County and surrounding areas.

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