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Domestic Violence Attorneys in Joliet

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Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers Serving Will County and Throughout Illinois

The definition of domestic violence has expanded significantly over the past few decades, as the definition of family has become more expansive. At the same time, prosecutors are more determined than ever to break the so-called "cycle of violence," or better yet, in their eyes, prevent it from taking shape in the first place. As a result, domestic battery convictions often mean lengthy incarceration and high fines, not to mention other penalties, such as restrictive protective orders and unwanted government scrutiny.

The attorneys at Reeder & Brown, P.C., we make it our business to stand up for individual rights. While alleged victims deservedly get much of the attention, accused people in these cases have rights as well. They have the right to engage in meaningful pretrial settlement negotiations. More importantly, they have the right to a vigorous defense at a fair trial, and it is our mission to see that the country's Founding Fathers' vision becomes a reality.

Protected Classes in Domestic Battery

Whether it is true or not, Illinois criminal laws assume that certain people are not able to fend for themselves and, therefore, need special protection. When it comes to domestic battery in Illinois, these classes include:

  • Parents, spouses, children, stepchildren, and anyone else currently or formerly related by blood or marriage,
  • Roommates (if they shared a special relationship)
  • Parents who never married,
  • Dating couples, and
  • Disabled people and their caregivers.

This element is often a defense as well because a fight between ex-spouses who have been divorced for decades is technically considered domestic battery.

Offenses and Possible Punishment

Domestic battery is broadly defined as "physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature," meaning that there does not have to be a physical or permanent injury to support a conviction. Domestic battery is a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of one year and a $2,500 fine. Even your first offense is a mandatory conviction. The crime is charged as a Class 4 felony, with a maximum six years and $25,000 fine, if the defendant had a prior conviction for domestic battery or certain related offenses. Aggravated domestic battery, which is any incident that involves serious bodily injury, is a Class 2 felony with a minimum 60 days in jail and maximum 14 years and $25,000 fine.

Some other domestic violence offenses include interfering with a report, kidnapping or false imprisonment, and violating a protective order.

Likely Defenses in Illinois

Many times, overzealous police officers arrest suspects based on little or no physical evidence or just the account of one party involved. As there are nearly always two legitimate sides to a story, these cases are very difficult to prove based on a swearing match. Furthermore, if the domestic situation stabilizes, prosecutors are generally less willing to pursue these cases.

For a free consultation regarding alleged domestic violence charges, contact Reeder & Brown, P.C.today at 815-885-5980. We represent clients throughout Joliet, Plainfield, Mokena, Frankfort, Crest Hill, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, and Will County.

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