Assault is one of the most common criminal charges. It is also one of the most misunderstood. If you have been charged with the crime of assault in Illinois, here is what you need to know:
In Illinois, assault is when one person intentionally causes another person to be in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery, e.g., the fear of being hit. A battery is defined as the intentional infliction of bodily harm or certain types of unwarranted contact. The crime of assault, therefore, does not require physical contact. Rather, only the reasonable fear of imminent and harmful physical contact. For example, the following circumstances may constitute assault:
Penalties – Assault is defined under Illinois law as a Class C misdemeanor. It is punishable by up to one month of incarceration and a $1,500 fine.
Aggravating circumstances – In many circumstances, a simple assault can be upgraded to the felony charge of aggravated assault. Factors that may upgrade the legal severity of the assault may include:
If you have been charged with assault, you need to consult with an experienced Cook County criminal defense attorney. An experienced and skillful attorney can present a legal defense that could result in the dismissal of the charges. Call our office today to schedule a consultation.
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