If you are charged with Domestic Battery, it is vital to hire an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney. The attorneys at Pechter & Pechter LLP have experience defending those who have been charged with Domestic Battery and will not only aggressively fight your case, but will explain your options and assist you in making an informed decision.
What is Domestic Battery?
A person commits Domestic Battery if he or she knowingly without legal justification (1) causes bodily harm to any family or household member or (2) makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with any family or household member. Generally, Domestic Battery is a Class A Misdemeanor. If Defendant has a prior conviction for a violation of an order of protection, aggravated domestic battery, aggravated battery, or various other convictions when the offense was committed against a family or household member, then Domestic Battery becomes a Class 4 felony. If Defendant has 2 prior convictions for Domestic Battery, then it is a Class 4 felony. If Defendant has 3 prior convictions for Domestic Battery, then it is a Class 3 felony. If Defendant has 4 or more prior convictions of Domestic Battery, then Domestic Battery is a Class 2 felony. A second or subsequent conviction shall result in a minimum of 72 consecutive hours of imprisonment. Further, a person convicted of Domestic Battery may be subject to federal criminal penalties for possessing a gun or ammunition.
What is Aggravated Domestic Battery?
A person who, in committing Domestic Battery, knowingly causes great bodily harm, or permanent disability or disfigurement, or strangles another individual, commits Aggravated Domestic Battery. Aggravated Domestic Battery is a Class 2 felony and requires a minimum of 60 days imprisonment. A second or subsequent violation must serve 3 to 7 years or an extended term of imprisonment of 7-14 years.
What should I do if I am charged with Domestic Battery or Aggravated Domestic Battery?
Barry Pechter and Scott Pechter concentrate their practice on Criminal Defense including defending those who have been charged with Domestic Battery or Aggravated Domestic Battery and are ready to help with your case. Call us at (708) 599-4300 if you or someone you know was charged with a Domestic Battery or Aggravated Domestic Battery.