When you are facing criminal charges for domestic violence in Illinois, you are up against life-changing circumstances. Your family and friends may see you in a different light, and if proven, the charge will be a permanent mark that can negatively impact future career and education opportunities.
Consequently, working with a skilled criminal defense lawyer is essential.
Domestic violence involves offenses against current or former household or family members, such as the following:
People you have shared a home with or are currently living with
Ex-spouses or spouses
Anyone you share a child with
Anyone who you are related to by blood or marriage, such as children, step-children, and parents
Individuals you have dated before or were engaged to
Disabled individuals and their caregivers
Illinois has stringent penalties for domestic violence. For example, a domestic battery considered a Class A misdemeanor has a one-year jail sentence and a fine amounting to $2,500. It can be bumped up to a Class 4 felony if you have a prior conviction for:
Order of protection violation
Aggravated battery of a senior citizen, child, or unborn child
Criminal sexual assault
Aggravated use of a firearm
A criminal charge can be daunting, especially if you don't have legal representation. With your future and freedom on the line, hiring a Naperville domestic violence defense attorney is an option you should consider. Contact us at J. Aldrich Law, P.C., for a consultation regarding your legal options today. We have represented clients facing criminal charges ranging from domestic violence to DUI and retail theft. Dial 630-953-3000 to set up a meeting.