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IL defense lawyerMany crimes in Illinois have their ‘aggravated’ counterparts, from assault to sexual abuse. However, there is routine confusion about what exactly makes a crime aggravated, and how it affects sentencing. If you have been charged with a crime, understanding the nature of such a charge can help you determine how best to attack the problem and ensure your side of the story is heard.

Definitions Vary

When one examines an individual crime, the circumstances that make it aggravated will obviously depend on the cause of action. For example, in Illinois, a domestic violence charge becomes aggravated if the behavior in question encompasses criminal acts against a minor, any kind of sexual abuse, or great bodily harm against any victim, but drug crimes become aggravated if drugs are made or transported to certain buildings. Yet the general definition of aggravation in such a context is any circumstance or factor that makes a crime more injurious but is not a step that is part of the offense itself.

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Illinois family lawIllinois law is committed, as a general rule, to safeguarding the welfare and the best interests of the state’s children. Parents’ interests are subordinate to the rights of children to have safe and loving homes, which is why any allegation of child abuse, neglect or endangerment is taken extremely seriously by authorities. If you have been accused of child endangerment, it is imperative that you understand the nature of this allegation against you so that you can respond appropriately, regardless of your innocence or guilt.

Definitions and Examples

Child endangerment is defined under Illinois law as causing or allowing a child to be “placed in circumstances that endanger the child's life or health.” This may sound quite vague, but most judges are not interested in pushing the boundaries simply because in extreme circumstances, anything and everything might be dangerous to a child’s life or health. A fact-finder will be interested in immediately threatening or dangerous actions as a general rule - examples would include leaving a young child unattended for more than 10 minutes, indulging in violent behavior or the use of illegal substances in the child’s presence.

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