Illinois Domestic Violence Attorney
Experienced Domestic Violence Defense Attorney in Cook County and DuPage County
A charge of domestic violence carries serious criminal consequences. Indeed, domestic violence cases tend to take longer and require professional legal help to resolve. Fortunately, an attorney experienced in domestic violence disputes can help stem the consequences arising from such cases.
Illinois Domestic Violence Law
In Illinois, the technical term for a domestic violence charge is “domestic battery.” The Illinois statutes define domestic battery as “causing bodily harm to any family or household member, or making physical contact of insulting or provoking nature with any family or household member.” Under this definition, any amount of “physical contact” would suffice as long as it is insulting or of a provoking nature. Moreover, this definition gives police officers wide latitude to arrest one for domestic violence even when the circumstances do not warrant an arrest.
Consequences of Domestic Violence Law
In addition to the stigma that comes with a domestic violence incident, a charge of domestic battery carries serious potential consequences. A domestic battery charge is a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in prison and fines. However, if there are extenuating circumstances, a domestic battery charge may result in a Class 4 felony, which is punishable by 3-7 years in prison, higher fines, and the loss of the right to vote and ability to own a gun.
Moreover, because of the social stigma associated with domestic violence, trials involving domestic battery charges tend to be particularly difficult to defend in front of a jury. In these cases, having an experienced Illinois criminal defense attorney is very important.
The Value of an Attorney from the Discipio Law Firm
The legal team of The Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio includes former police officers experienced with law enforcement investigations. Our attorneys mount an aggressive defense from the start in order to help minimize the impact of a domestic violence charge. If you are facing a domestic violence charge, do not fight alone. Contact an experienced attorney at The Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio for a complimentary initial consultation. Do not delay; call 630-574-2288.
Our attorneys serve clients throughout Cook County and DuPage County, including Wheaton, Bridgeview, Maywood, Rolling Meadows, and Skokie.