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A conviction for a crime of domestic violence can have permanent and devastating consequences to both the individual accused and the victims of such crimes.  The state of Illinois takes domestic violence very seriously and has strict laws pertaining to such offenses.  A person charged with domestic violence should contact an attorney to ensure they are well informed of the legal process and potential outcomes and consequences for such offense.

A person commits an offense of domestic violence when he or she intentionally causes bodily harm to a family or household member or makes contact of an insulting or provoking nature with a family or household member.  Physical injury is not required in order to be arrested and charged with a domestic violence offense.  For example, spitting on, or shoving a family member or household member can result in a charge of domestic violence.
Illinois law defines a family member or household member as persons who are current or former spouses, parents, children, stepchildren, and persons related by blood or marriage, people who currently or formerly lived in the same residence, people who are dating or engaged to be married, and people with disabilities and their caregivers.
Depending on the nature of the contact, a charge for domestic battery can result in a misdemeanor or felony conviction.

  • A charge of felony domestic violence, also known as Aggravated Domestic Battery, may result if the person charged causes great bodily injury, disfigurement, or permanent disability to the victim.
  • A charge of Aggravated Domestic Battery may result in prison time and substantial Court fines.
  • Misdemeanor Domestic Battery may result in jail time as well.
Aside from a permanent criminal conviction that cannot be expunged, and potential imprisonment, a person convicted of Domestic Battery, whether misdemeanor or felony, will lose their right to own or possess a firearm, face possible loss of employment, and significant court fines.  A conviction for Domestic Battery can have life-long consequences.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime of domestic violence or are the victim of domestic violence, you should contact an attorney immediately to ensure that you know your rights and receive a favorable outcome.

If you have any questions regarding Illinois Domestic Violence laws, please contact our office at (309)-662-5084.