Chicago Assault and Battery Defense Attorney
Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Defending Illinois Clients against Assault and Battery Charges
Although the terms “assault” and “battery” are commonly used together, they are actually two different offenses. Battery is defined as knowingly causing bodily harm to another or knowingly making physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature. An assault is when one person engages in conduct that makes the other person fear that they will receive a battery. Sometimes people are charged with both offenses at the same time. Regardless of whether it is assault or battery, they are both considered violent crimes in the eyes of the law, so they must be taken seriously.
While a battery charge is class “A” misdemeanor with a maximum jail sentence of 364 days, an aggravated battery charge can result in a sentence of 3 to 7 years in prison. Therefore, it is important to immediately seek legal counsel because a conviction for assault and/or battery could negatively affect your future. The more serious the charge, the greater the penalties. It is essential to hire an experienced assault and battery defense attorney, like Steve Klein, who has a successful record of defending such cases in court.