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Wolf Criminal Law is a leading criminal defense law firm for clients in Chicago and throughout Illinois. If you have been charged with assault or battery, we encourage you to contact our team today for a free consultation. Our founding criminal defense attorney, Bill Wolf, develops sophisticated defense strategies against violent crime charges.

What constitutes an assault charge in Illinois?

In Illinois, an assault occurs when an individual engages in conduct that places another person in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery. This means that no physical contact is necessary for an assault charge; the threat itself, if perceived as real, can result in an assault charge.

What is the difference between assault and battery in Illinois?

While assault in Illinois involves creating a fear of imminent harm, battery involves actual physical contact. Battery occurs when an individual causes bodily harm to another person or makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature.

What are the possible penalties for assault in Illinois?

Assault is generally classified as a Class C misdemeanor in Illinois, which can result in up to 30 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,500, and up to two years of probation. However, the penalties can be more severe if aggravating factors are present.

Can an assault charge be elevated to a more serious charge?

Yes, assault charges can be elevated based on certain factors such as the use of a weapon, the status of the victim (e.g., if the victim is a police officer or a person over 60 years old), or the location of the incident (e.g., in a public place or near a school). An elevated charge could be classified as Aggravated Assault, which carries harsher penalties.

Are there any viable defenses against an assault charge in Illinois?

Common defenses against an assault charge may include self-defense, defense of others, lack of intent to cause fear, or the belief that the actions were legally justified. The specifics of the defense would depend on the circumstances of the case.

See our Criminal Defense FAQ to learn more.

What should I do if I’m charged with assault in Illinois?

It is advisable to contact Wolf Criminal Law right away. Our founding criminal defense lawyer, Bill Wolf, has extensive experience in handling assault cases in Illinois. He can help you navigate the legal system and work to protect your rights. Depending on the circumstances, it may be appropriate to negotiate a plea deal that results in a dismissal or reduction of the charges. It may also be appropriate to take the case to trial if that is the best way to mount the strongest possible defense that protects your rights and future.

Contact An Assault Defense Lawyer For A Free Consultation

Don’t wait if you have been arrested or are suspected of assault or battery. Call Wolf Criminal Law in Chicago at 312-444-0907 or complete our contact form. Attorney Bill Wolf represents clients throughout Illinois, including Cook, Will, DuPage, Kane and McLean counties. We speak Spanish and Italian.