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Assault and battery are often charged together. However, the charges are
actually two crimes with distinct elements. Basically, an assault involves
an attempt or a threat to injure another – though no contact occurs
– while a battery involves actual contact with another in a harmful
or offensive manner.
Depending on the specifics of your case, you could face misdemeanor or
felony charges for assault or battery. Don't wait to retain the advice
and representation of a skilled
Chicago criminal defense lawyer!
Types of Assault and Battery Charges
A person commits an assault when, without lawful authority, he or she
knowingly engages in conduct which places another in reasonable apprehension
of receiving a battery. Simple assault is a Class C
misdemeanor.The statute for assault is 720 ILCS 5/12-1.
Aggravated assault occurs in a number of ways. For example, if you commit
the assault with a weapon, against certain protected or vulnerable persons,
or in public, you can be charged with aggravated assault. Aggravated assault
is normally a Class A misdemeanor, but it can be charged as a Class 4
or even a Class 3 felony, depending on the allegations. The statute for
aggravated assault is 720 ILCS 5/12-2.
A person commits a battery if he or she, intentionally or knowingly without
legal justification, causes bodily harm or makes physical contact of an
insulting or provoking nature. Simple battery is a Class A misdemeanor.
The statute for battery is 720 ILCS 5/12-3.
Aggravated battery occurs in a number of ways. For example, if you commit
the battery with a weapon, against certain protected or vulnerable persons,
or with the intent to disfigure, maim, or otherwise cause great bodily
harm, you can be charged with aggravated battery. Aggravated battery is
normally a Class 3
felony, but it can be charged as a Class 2, Class 1, or even a Class X felony,
depending on the allegations. The statute for aggravated battery is 720
Contact Thomas C. Hallock if you need a skilled and committed assault and
battery defense attorney in Chicago.
Call (888) 412-3741 to begin.