Assault & battery are very serious charges that carry a number of life-altering penalties. Prosecutors, judges and police officers do not take assault and battery lightly, and will do everything in their power to ensure a person who commits assault or battery is brought to justice. If you are facing assault and battery charges in the Chicago area, we can provide you with the aggressive defense you need. At Fagan, Fagan & Davis, we have been providing criminal defense services for many years and are very experienced at defending people charged with assault and battery. We can ensure your rights are protected at all times and that your charges are aggressively defended both in and out of court.
What's the difference between the two charges?
The terms assault and battery are commonly used together to describe a specific type of criminal charge. Although these crimes are similar in nature, they are separate charges. A person will be charged with assault when he or she "engages in conduct which places another person in reasonable apprehension of receiving battery". A person will be charged with battery when he or she "intentionally or knowingly without legal justification and by any means (1) causes bodily harm to an individual or (2) makes physical contact of insulting or provoking nature with an individual".
Types of Offenses
These charges can be made against an individual in a variety of circumstances and can include various alleged offenses, such as:
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Battery
- Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon
- Aggravated Battery with a deadly weapon
- Assault or battery of a police officer
- Gang-related assault and battery
- Assault & battery against a child
- Aggravated assault & battery against a child
- Domestic assault and battery
If you are found guilty of assault & battery, you will undoubtedly face charges that will follow you throughout the remainder of your lifetime. When the stakes are this high, the only way to protect your rights and freedom is to retain the services of a Chicago criminal defense lawyer who has extensive experience in this area of criminal defense. At Fagan, Fagan & Davis, you can rest assured that you'll receive the dedicated service, attention and defense you need to effectively fight your charges and significantly reduce your chances of a conviction!