Category Archives: Domestic Violence

Naperville Stalking Lawyer

Regardless of your intent, you could commit a stalking offense under Illinois law. Sometimes stalking is a part of domestic violence charges, while other times it is a standalone charge. Stalking charges can affect every part of your life, from your career and living arrangements to your relationships with both family and friends. 

In this day and age, stalking can occur in many forms, which is why Illinois’ stalking law has been updated to reflect that.

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domestic violence victims, Naperville criminal defense lawyer, battered wife syndrome,  battery victims, domestic violence chargeDomestic violence is a tricky topic. It is defined as an act of violence committed against an individual with whom the perpetrator has or had an intimate relationship or shared a home. Spouses, former spouses, dating partners, and any individual with whom the alleged perpetrator has a child are all individuals who can potentially be considered domestic violence victims, rather than battery victims.

Relationships are complicated, and when violence enters the picture, self defense can look like an act of aggression. The trauma of being a domestic violence victim can push an individual to fight back or even seek revenge against the abusive partner.

What is Battered Wife Syndrome?

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Naperville criminal defense lawyer, domestic violence accusation, criminal defense representation, domestic violence charge, domestic violenceDomestic violence is a crime. Different from battery, domestic violence is the act of physically harming another individual. Moreover domestic violence is specific violence committed toward a member of the offender’s household, an individual with whom he or she has a child or a previous relationship, or a disabled person for whom the offender acts as a caretaker.

In Illinois, domestic violence can be charged as a Class A misdemeanor, a Class 4 felony, or a Class 2 felony.

Facing a domestic violence accusation can be scary, especially when it is a false accusation. Individuals make false accusations for a variety of reasons, including as an attempt to have the accused’s parental rights revoked. If you are arrested for alleged domestic violence, consider following to help give yourself the best chance possible of proving your innocence.

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Naperville domestic violence defense lawyers, domestic violence charge, parenting plan, domestic violence conviction, parental rightsAn accusation of domestic violence can have an impact on your parenting plan. A domestic violence conviction will most likely have an impact on your parenting plan, because a proven record of violence in your home tells the court that it is not safe place for children.

It is not unheard of for a parent to accuse a former partner of being violent in an attempt to take sole custody of their children. If you face this type of allegation, be proactive and show the court that the accusation is not true.

Reducing your parenting time or terminating your parental rights will significantly impact your relationship with your children, so do not give the court a reason to take either of these actions. When you are facing a domestic violence charge, remain calm and work with a lawyer who has experience defending parents falsely accused of abuse.

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domestic violence charge, domestic violence conviction, Naperville criminal defense lawyer, Class A misdemeanor, criminal defense strategyDomestic violence is a crime. Like other crimes, it is possible to avoid conviction by fighting a domestic violence charge in court. The most effective way to do this is to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can examine all aspects of your case to determine the most effective defense strategy based on your specific circumstances.

Be proactive and start working on your defense strategy as soon as you can after being arrested for alleged domestic violence—domestic violence is a Class A misdemeanor for which the penalties are a mandatory counseling course, up to one year in jail, and a fine of up to $2,500.

Below are a few possible defense strategies to use against your domestic violence charge. Talk to your lawyer to determine which is most appropriate for your case.

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