The crime of battery occurs when there is bodily harm or insulting or provoking contact by any means. It is not necessary to actually touch someone to be charged with battery. This charge is common in fights between two or more people. The police officer may choose to arrest one or all of them, and the prosecution has absolute discretion in who to charge, even if an individual is innocent. If you have been arrested or charged with the crime of battery, you need to consult with an experienced Chicago criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
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Battery is a Class A misdemeanor offense. It carries maximum penalties of up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. The sentence may include probation, community service, and counseling. Our seasoned Chicago criminal defense attorney will thoroughly investigate your case and prepare a defense strategy to aggressively pursue the best possible outcome for you.
A defense against battery charges may assert that the defendant was acting in self-defense, the defense of another, or defense of personal property. These are affirmative defenses that must be proven by the defendant. It is up to the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he affirmative defenses raised by the defendant are false.
You have rights under the law, including the right to an attorney. The lawyer you select to defend your case can make all the difference in a conviction or walking free. It is important to select a Chicago criminal defense attorney who will protect your rights and provide you with outstanding, dedicated criminal defense. Contact us today.