Charges of Domestic Battery are serious. Not only is there a risk of going to jail there is great strain on the family. Domestic battery can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Domestic Battery carries stiff penalties and you need someone to tell your side of the story. In addition many times with a domestic battery it can affect other rights such carry FOID card.
- A person commits domestic battery if he or she knowingly without legal justification by any means:
- Causes bodily harm to any family or household member;
- Makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with any family or household member
- Sentence. Domestic battery is a Class A misdemeanor. Domestic battery is a Class 4 felony if the defendant has any prior conviction under this Code for violation of an order of protection or any prior conviction under the law of another jurisdiction for an offense which is substantially similar.
- Domestic battery is a Class 4 felony if the defendant has any prior conviction under this Code for first degree murder attempt to commit first degree murder
Upon conviction of domestic battery, the court shall advise the defendant orally or in writing, substantially as follows: "An individual convicted of domestic battery may be subject to federal criminal penalties for possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving any firearm or ammunition in violation of the federal Gun Control Act of 1968. A notation shall be made in the court file that the admonition was given.
If you are facing Domestic violence charges, acquiring skilled legal counsel immediately is critical to safeguarding your rights and protecting your freedom. Contact Abdallah Law today to reach one of our experienced Chicago criminal defense lawyers.