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A person commits battery if he intentionally or knowingly without legal justification and by any means, (1) causes bodily harm to an individual or (2) makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with an individual. (See 720 ILCS 5/12‑3). Simple battery is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.
Battery can be charged as Aggravated Battery if any one of a number of factors exists (See 720 ILCS 12-4). Sometimes a battery is considered Aggravated if a weapon is used. In other cases a battery is raised to Aggravated because of the identity of the victim. For example, battery to a police officer, a fireman, or a paramedic would all be Aggravated Batteries. There are many other factors that elevate battery to Aggravated Battery as well.
Most Aggravated Battery charges are Class 3 felonies, carrying a punishment of 2-5 years in prison or probation. Aggravated Battery that causes great bodily harm or permanent disfigurement to a police officer and certain other classes of individuals is a Class 1 felony, punishable by 4 to 15 years in prison. Without those factors it is a Class 2 felony.
With all of the various factors, it is important to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney to understand your situation. Contact the Law Office of Steven R. Hunter today to schedule a consultation.
This battery case is one example of the work we have done in defending those who have been accused of battery. Remember, it is unethical for an attorney to guarantee any particular outcome. Every case is unique and every client has special circumstances.