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Two types of domestic battery and penalties

September 13, 2011
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The law in Illinois provides that there are two types of domestic battery offenses. First, a person can be charged with domestic battery for causing bodily harm to any family or household member. Second, a person can also be charged with domestic battery for making contact of an insulting and provoking nature with any family […]

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Why was I arrested for domestic battery when the victim refused to sign a complaint?

April 2, 2011
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All too often a person involved in a hostile confrontation in a domestic relationship will call the police without knowing the serious legal consequences that follow. Usually the person dialing 911 does not intend to have anyone arrested. The person’s motive is usually to calm the situation. But unfortunately, once the 911 call is made, […]

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Can the victim make the State drop charges in a domestic battery case?

February 3, 2011
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Many people believe that if they are the victim of a domestic violence incident, they can choose whether to press charges. During the course of a domestic altercation, they call 911 wanting the police to show up and calm the situation. In many instances, they do not want the defendant to be arrested. But once […]

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What is the legal definition of great bodily harm?

April 25, 2010
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If a person causes great bodily harm to another while committing a criminal offense, the charge is usually a felony. What is the definition of great bodily harm? The Illinois Criminal Code of 1961 does not specify which injuries constitute great bodily harm. The question is for the jury to decide. When defendants have been […]

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Illinois State Police can deny Firearm Owner’s Identification Card to persons convicted of domestic offenses

March 6, 2010
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Illinois requires all persons who own or purchase firearms to register for a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID card). It is a criminal offense to possess a weapon without a FOID card. The firearms owner must submit the application to the Illinois State Police, who will conduct a thorough background check to see if the […]

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What happens on a second offense of domestic battery in Illinois?

February 17, 2010
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Domestic battery enhanced is a Class 4 felony in Illinois. It is based on a prior domestic battery or violation of an order of protection.

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What is domestic battery under Illinois law?

February 17, 2010
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Illinois law says that domestic battery is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.

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