Domestic battery involves any case of battery between people related to one another as in family members. However it is not restricted to family. Related could mean that they live together, have a child in common but do not live together, were or are dating etc. Battery refers to the actual physical contact between two people. It could involve choking, hitting, throwing things and assault with a weapon. It is important to know however, that any form of touching if unwanted, is battery. Sometimes a spouse may barely touch the victim, but if it is in a manner not permitted by the victim, it is still battery. It is crucial that you contact a Chicago violent crime defense lawyer at once.
Although domestic violence refers to a pattern of behavior over time, any single domestic violence charge such as domestic battery can have a life changing impact on the person accused.
There can be consequences such as arrest, having to post bonds, and orders of protection. It is possible for the person accused to not only wind up with a jail sentence but to also lose access to child custody. Loss of employment may follow. If the case is undefended, the victim may bring other charges against the defendant, thus compounding the situation. Because it is always a highly emotionally charged situation, one can needlessly incriminate oneself if one does not obtain immediate representation and guidance from a competent and experienced domestic battery attorney such as those at the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege.
In the state of Illinois, domestic battery is a misdemeanor, and can result in jail time and permanent records with the state and the FBI. Pretrial through investigation by the the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege can lead to a mitigation of the circumstances and result in the dismissal of charges. They will not rush to plea your case and your rights away but instead will aggressively work to obtain the most favorable result possible.
Contact a Chicago domestic battery defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege today.
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