Discussing your Battery or Aggravated Battery charges with an experienced criminal defense attorney is important. An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help you avoid a conviction or minimize any negative consequences that may arise from your arrest.
BATTERY CHARGES (MISDEMEANOR) AND AGGRAVATED BATTERY (FELONY BATTERY) IN ILLINOIS
Battery is a misdemeanor offense in Illinois which means you can be incarcerated for up to a year in jail and face up to a $2,500 fine. On occasion, the court may order anger management counseling, restitution or other penalties such as taking away your right to own a firearm.
Aggravated Battery is a felony offense in Illinois. The penalties for Aggravated Battery depend on who you are alleged to have battered, where the battery allegedly occurred, your prior criminal history, and the age of the complaining witness.
REDUCTION OF CHARGES FROM AGGRAVATED BATTERY TO BATTERY
Our criminal defense lawyers have been very successful at negotiating for reduced sentences or charges. For example, if a person is charged with Aggravated Battery, it is possible to get the charge reduced to a simple Misdemeanor Battery. This outcome does not make the accused a felon and they do not lose their rights to vote or carry firearms.
Bar fights are often charged as Aggravated Battery cases in Illinois. When alcohol comes into the equation, it is often difficult for the State to establish who the initial aggressor was. Many times, bar fights are mutual combat or the accused has a valid Self-Defense claim.
Punching a person can be a split second decision. Our office has successfully defended clients who acted in Self-Defense when they were involved in a bar fight, road rage incident, or any other type of altercation. Our attorneys are experienced and competent in Battery and Aggravated Battery cases. If you believe you have a valid self-defense claim, contact our Springfield Criminal Self-Defense lawyers today at (217) 414-8889 for a free initial consultation.
Noll Law Office Results:
People v. D.D. and C.H. (2014)
Both D.D. and C.H. were charged with battery. It was alleged that they threw a person down the stairs. After the state presented their case to the jury, our trial lawyer, Daniel Noll, convinced the judge that there was no reasonable jury could convict either D.D. or C.H. The judge entered a directed verdict on both clients and they were found NOT GUILTY of all charges. You can read the news story here.