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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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I got arrested for battery. What are the penalties under Illinois law?

April 18, 2010
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Battery is a criminal offense in Illinois that is classified as a misdemeanor, unless there is serious injury. In cases of serious injury, battery is charged as a felony. Battery is found in the criminal code at 720 ILCS 5/12-3, which provides the following: A person commits battery if he (or she) intentionally or knowingly […]

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Can parents in Illinois get charged with domestic battery for striking their children?

February 21, 2010
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Domestic battery is a serious criminal offense in Illinois. The first offense is a Class A misdemeanor for which the court can sentence the defendant to up to one year in jail and order the defendant to pay a $2,500 fine. Also, the minimum sentence for domestic battery is a conviction that cannot be expunged […]

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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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