Illinois Domestic Violence Charges And Consequences
The type of charge depends on the seriousness of a domestic violence case. If you have questions, contact Donahue, Sowa & Magana.
If you're facing criminal domestic violence charges, it may be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. While misdemeanors may require little to no jail time, a fine and a short period of probation, felony charges could result in over a year spent in prison.
To learn about your best legal options in a domestic violence criminal case, contact a skilled and experienced domestic violence defense attorney. Call Donahue, Sowa & Magana today at 630-762-1780 or contact us online.
What's the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
In most cases, the seriousness of the charge depends on the severity of the crime. If the incident in question involved little or no injury, the case will probably be a misdemeanor. If there was significant injury as a result of the act, the charges may be bumped up to felony status. This decision is mostly up to the prosecutor.
If an individual is convicted of a misdemeanor charge, his or her sentencing will likely depend on prior criminal record, probation or parole status and a number of other factors. Consequences of a misdemeanor conviction may include mandatory treatment and counseling, fines, probation, restitution to the victim and a short amount of time spent in jail.
Felony convictions for domestic violence are more serious, and for first-time offenders may include a short prison sentence, fines and probation. The most serious felony cases may result in life in prison and hefty fines.
If you're facing charges for felony or misdemeanor domestic violence, you need to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to get your case moving in the right direction.