domestic violence

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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Having contact with victim in domestic battery is a crime

August 15, 2011
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After an arrest for domestic battery, typically the police will release the offender upon payment of a small bond or signing a recognizance bond. The bond sheet is been provided to the person along with his other property. However, in some counties, the police will bring the person who was arrested before a judge for […]

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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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Choking or strangling a person during domestic battery is now a felony in Illinois

May 22, 2010
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Domestic battery is perhaps the most common criminal charge in the Illinois court system. The volume of domestic battery cases is so high that many county courthouses have a courtroom assigned specifically to handle theses cases. Accusations of domestic violence are frequently made in divorce and child custody disputes. Domestic battery is different from other […]

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Will I lose my FOID card because of an order of protection?

May 6, 2010
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A new law became effective in Illinois on January 1, 2010 concerning the right to possess firearms when subject to an order of protection. The new law provides that the Illinois State Police shall revoke the Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card of a person who is named as a respondent in an order of protection. […]

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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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How do I get an order of protection against someone in Illinois?

February 2, 2010
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This article explains the process in Illinois of applying for a plenary order of protection, which is a two-year order prohibiting contact between family or household members.

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