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Experienced Assault and Battery Defense Lawyer in Chicago and Illinois

If you are facing prosecution for assault and battery charges, you need the best Chicago defense attorney to defend your case while your future is in jeopardy. Chicago, Illinois-based criminal defense attorney Judge James A. Shapiro (ret.) brings his widespread experience of assault and battery cases, a successful track record, and unending passion and determination to his clients to achieve the best possible results. By working tirelessly on your behalf, Judge Shapiro (ret.) will achieve justice, protect your rights, and answer your questions so you understand the charges and process.

What is Assault?

Though assault and battery are often words used together, it is important to understand that assault and battery are separate charges. Assault occurs when a person instills a fear or harm in another party, acting in a threatening manner that puts someone in fear or immediate harm. There are two types of assault: simple and aggravated. Assault is the intention or reasonable belief of being harmed, or receiving battery. The assault becomes aggravated when accompanied by the use of a deadly weapon; a simple assault can also move to an aggravated classification based on the victim’s status (senior citizen, police officer, or handicapped person, for example).

What is Battery?

Battery involves the intentional, offensive or destructive touching of another party without their consent; the act must be intentional, harmful or offensive, and without agreement from the victim. Battery may become aggravated according to where the offense takes place and the status of the alleged victim. If the victim of battery was a senior citizen, pregnant woman, or police officer, for example, the charge would escalate to “aggravated” and thus the penalties are more severe.

Penalties for Assault & Battery

Typical consequences for assault and battery include fines, jail time, and community service, and some cases allow probation. The classification for each offense follows:

  • Assault- 720 ILCS 5/12-1
  • Battery- 720 ILCS 5/12-3
  • Aggravated Battery- 720 ILCS 5/12-3.05

Defense Against Misdemeanor or Felony Assault Charges in Chicago

In Illinois, there are various ways to face misdemeanor or felony charges; it’s important to take these charges seriously and take control of your future by having the best criminal defense attorney in Chicago. By having representation from Judge James A. Shapiro (ret.), you can expect a full explanation of the details regarding your case in order to formulate the best plan for you. With the goal of reducing negative outcomes for his clients, Judge Shapiro (ret.) formulates a compelling defense by using his attention to detail to examine every piece of evidence and study the case.

Every case is different; for example, many first-time offenders have alternative penalties such as counseling or anger management classes. Learn how to protect your rights and understand your available defenses with advisement from Judge Shapiro (ret.).

Free Consultation with a Chicago Assault & Battery Defense Lawyer

If you have questions regarding your criminal defense, contact Judge Shapiro today for a free consultation at 312-782-4615, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

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