Bloomington Battery Lawyer
Have you been charged with battery? Battery is a crime of violence, and as such, it is generally regarded as a serious offense in Illinois. Under 720 ILCS 5/12-3, a person commits battery if he (or she) intentionally or knowingly without legal justification and by any means causes bodily harm to an individual or makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with an individual.
The most common form of battery occurs during a physical altercation when one individual punches or kicks another. But the law also clearly states that there is a battery even when there is insulting or provoking contact by any means. Because of this, a battery can occur even if the accused never personally touched the other person.
Defenses for a Battery Charge in Illinois
Illinois battery is a Class A misdemeanor offense, but in cases of serious injury or subsequent offense it can be charged as a felony. The possible sentence is imprisonment for up to one year and a fine of $2,500 for a misdemeanor battery charge. The defendant in a battery case can assert the affirmative defense of defense of self, another person, or property to fight a battery charge in court. Once raised, the prosecution has the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the affirmative defense is not true.
Should I hire an attorney for my battery charge?
Battery is serious and you will need a serious lawyer. In the event of an altercation, the police officer has the discretion of whom to arrest and charge with a battery. In certain circumstances, only one individual might be arrested and charged. In this situation, the individual charged must prove his innocence at trial, even if he or she did not start the fight. An experienced attorney can help guide you through the legal waters and prove your innocence or assert your best affirmative defense. At Pioletti & Pioletti, we understand the impact that a battery charge can have on someone’s life, and we will look to the specific facts of your situation to give you the best chance of success in defending your case.
If you have been arrested or charged with battery you need a qualified battery lawyer to represent you. We have a lot of experience representing people charged with battery in Bloomington, IL, McLean County and in surrounding counties. We make ourselves accessible to our clients nearly 24/7 via email, phone, and even text message communication. We strive to be there for our clients and ensure that they receive the best and most professional representation possible. If you are facing a battery charge contact a Bloomington IL battery lawyer at Pioletti & Pioletti today at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 309-467-3213.