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Battery Attorney in La Grange, Illinois

Battery General Information

Battery occurs when a person knowingly, and without legal justification, causes bodily harm to an individual or makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with an individual. See 720 ILCS 5/12-3.

Common misconceptions about being charged with Battery is that it only occurs when one individual comes into direct physical contact with another.

This is false. One does not need to come into direct physical contact with another individual in order to constitute a battery charge. Certain actions such as throwing a drink onto someone, spitting on them, or even knocking an item out of an individual's hands, though no physical contact occurs between two individuals, also can be considered battery as far as law enforcement is concerned.

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Battery is considered to be a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in jail or a fine of up to $2,500, or a combination of the two.

Notwithstanding the legal ramifications of being convicted on a battery charge, other life-long lasting consequences could cost you your current employment, any future employment opportunities, housing, and even your educational prospects. The stigma of a battery conviction could completely alter your life trajectory in an instant, which is why you must speak with an attorney immediately if you’ve been charged with Battery.

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Sometimes, situations move too quickly to be able to keep up. Before you realize it, law enforcement gets involved, and you're left having to defend yourself from state prosecution. But you don’t have to go through the process alone. Contact Angelillo Law immediately to schedule your free consultation and see how you can move forward with your life.