Chicago Assault and Battery Lawyer
If you are being charged with assault and battery, you need a Chicago defense lawyer with experience that you can trust.
What Are Battery Charges?
Battery is an intentional, unpermitted act causing harmful or offensive contact with the “person” of another. For instance, if you get into a fight and lay your hands on someone else you could be charged with a battery. Another example might be if you knock something out of another person’s hand during an argument. This could also result with a battery charge. Often it may be something that seems so small to you that will land you with a battery charge.
The most important factor in protecting and defending the accused in assault and battery cases is gathering as much evidence as possible as soon as the incident has taken place. Evidence includes calls made to the police, witnesses who saw what happened, and reports gathered by the police and detectives, all of which are vital to forming your defense against assault and battery charges.
What Are Assault Charges?
An assault means that you have put someone in an immediate fear for their safety. For instance, even a verbal threat can be considered assault. This is another situation in which you have the right to defend yourself. Many times these cases are difficult for the state attorneys to prosecute since tangible evidence may not be available.
What You Need to Know
Assault and battery cases usually focus on two issues for the defense case: self-defense and lack of credibility of the witness.
An assault is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in the county jail unless it is upon a law enforcement officer. In that case it can be a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in the county jail.
There are many different types of battery charges, and some can result in extremely serious consequences and long-lasting effects. If you are found guilty of a battery on a law enforcement officer, you can be charged with a felony. You will be a convicted felon if you plead guilty to that charge. Felony convictions can keep you from getting a job, owning a firearm, collecting Social Security benefits, and other far-reaching consequences beyond jail time. Depending on the facts and details of your case, convictions of aggravated assault or aggravated battery can be as severe as carrying a penalty of up to 30 years in prison.
The attorneys at The Law Office of Purav Bhatt have years of experience handling assault and battery charges. These crimes are very serious in nature and carry significant penalties if they are not defended properly. Your livelihood and future depend on retaining the best defense for your case. Our firm has dedicated its practice exclusively to criminal defense and has a long standing track record of successfully defending assault and battery cases throughout Cook, Dupage, and Lake counties.
Get an Experienced Chicago Assault and Battery Lawyer.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, call our office for a free, no obligation case evaluation to discuss the circumstances involved with your case. Our attorneys will examine the evidence against you as well as the police report to determine the best course of action. We will represent you at the arraignment, and if necessary, work with you and your family to arrange bail. Contact our office today by calling 773-791-9682 or using our online form to take the first step toward resolving your case.