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Domestic Battery or Domestic Violence Charge in Illinois

A domestic battery charge is grouped under the much larger category of domestic violence. A domestic battery charge is similar to a regular battery charge, it just involves someone who is a family or household member, instead of a stranger. In Illinois, a domestic battery alleges a person intentionally and knowingly causes bodily harm or makes physical contact in a provoking or insulting manner.

Being accused or charged with domestic violence offense in Illinois can result in legal penalties and harsh societal consequences. At The Toney Law Firm, LLC we can help you avoid criminal penalties and the lebal of a "violent person." With years of experience defending the accused, our Chicago domestic battery attorneys will provide you with a unique specialized defense strategy. With your future on the line, schedule a consultation now!

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Criminal Penalties for Domestic Battery in IL

In Illinois, a domestic battery is a class A misdemeanor. Class A misdemeanors are punishable by a maximum of 364 days in jail and up to $2500 in fines. There are situations where a domestic battery can be a felony depending on how severely the complaining witness was hurt or if weapons were involved or if the defendant has certain prior convictions. The courts will also take into account if it was done in the presence of a child.

What happens after the arrest?

Domestic battery cases in Cook County require an overnight stay in the County jail before having a bond hearing the following morning. This is different than other misdemeanors where someone who has been arrested can bond out at the police station. This requires the really unfortunate overnight night stay at the jail instead of bonding out at the station. The person then appears before a judge who will set bond on the case after hearing the alleged facts.

Bond in Cook County Domestic Battery Cases

Bond on domestic battery and domestic violence cases can range from an “I Bond” which means the person is released from jail in their own recognizance without having to post any money or a “D bond” which requires posting 10% of the bond. For example, if the bond was set at $5000 D bond, the person, or someone on behalf of that person, would have to post $500 to get out of jail.

Often bonds for domestic battery come with special conditions that are requirements the person must follow once they are released. Usually, it involves staying away from the person they are alleged to have battered, sometimes for 48 hours or sometimes while the entire case goes on.

Some special conditions of bond prohibit the defendant from going to certain locations, like where the alleged victim lives, even when the defendant lives there too. There are at times stay away orders that include having to stay away from certain children, animals, and places of work. Another normal requirement is “no contact” between the defendant and the alleged victim (also known as a complaining witness). Any violations of the bond can result in a bond violation where the judge can take the defendant into custody and increase the amount of bond that has to be posted for the defendant to be out of custody.

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in Chicago

Sometimes these charges also result in an emergency order of protection being entered. Usually, an order of protection has similar conditions to the special bond conditions like staying away from the complaining witness, their house and their job, and no contact with them at all. A violation of the order of protection is a criminal offense that can result in another arrest.

If one of the conditions is the defendant cannot go to where the complaining witness lives but that’s ALSO where the defendant lives, the defendant cannot go back there under the order. However, an attorney can ask the judge for an order letting the defendant back in their own home, accompanied by a police officer, to retrieve their stuff so they have it while the condition is in place.

Chicago Domestic Violence Attorney

In Illinois, domestic violence charges are aggressively pursued by the prosecution. That is why you need the experience legal representation for your case. With years of successful case results, our Cook County defense lawyers can provide you with a thorough defense strategy to secure the best possible case results for you.

To discuss the details of your case and defense strategies, schedule a case review with our Cook County defense lawyers.

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