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Naperville Assault Lawyer

Self-defense is often a legitimate argument when defending against assault or battery charges, but it can only be a defense in certain situations. If you acted in self-defense, it is possible you acted with force that would otherwise be illegal. 

Like many states, Illinois understands there are some situations in which you have no other choice but to use force to protect yourself, your loved ones, or your property. The Illinois Criminal Code contains all of the stipulations and requirements that you must meet in order to claim self-defense. Depending on the circumstances, defending against charges of assault or battery can be difficult, but it can be made easier with the help of a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer.

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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, residential arson, aggravated batteryAn Illinois man is being charged with arson and battery, in addition to other crimes, after allegedly attacking his brother’s fiancé. The 36-year-old defendant allegedly beat the 32-year-old female victim with a hammer before pouring gasoline on her in the town of Joliet. She was rescued by good samaritans before the man took any further actions, allegedly, as reported by People Magazine. According to one of the passersby who intervened in the struggle, “She was covered head to toe in blood and was burnt.” The woman screamed, “He tried to kill me! He hit me with a hammer! He tried to light me on fire!” The house was set on fire as well, and the man was found by police standing in the driveway with bloody hands; the hammer and lighter fluid were found at the scene as well. The man is facing seven separate counts, which include aggravated battery, residential arson, and aggravated arson. His bond was set at $2 million.

Residential Arson

Residential arson, as defined by Illinois statute 720 ILCS 5/20-1, occurs when a person knowingly damages any real or personal property of another, without their consent, by fire or explosive substance and that property is valued at $150 or greater. Additionally, residential arson is committed when the defendant’s intention was to defraud an insurance company. Residential arson is a Class 2 felony, punishable by three to seven years in prison.

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 b2ap3_thumbnail_Crimes-against-Police-Officers.jpgLaw enforcement officers are essential to preserving law and order in the state, so Illinois has many laws designed to keep its police officers safe. Some of these laws make a victim’s status as a police officer an aggravating factor. This means that a person charged with, for example, battery will face a harsher sentence if the victim of the crime was a police officer performing his or her official duties.

Battery

Under Illinois law, a person commits a battery when he or she either:

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Illinois defense lawyer, Illinois criminal attorney, Illinois domestic violence statutes,Domestic violence orders of protection can prohibit an abuser from harassing, harming, intimidating, or contacting the victim. They are especially important in cases of domestic violence against disabled people, who are vulnerable to domestic abuse because they often lack the ability to seek protection.

Who May File for an Order of Protection?

Any person who is the victim of domestic violence, including a minor child or adult with disabilities, may file a petition for an order of protection. If the court finds that the person has suffered from abuse, the judge will then enter the order of protection. In determining whether to grant an order of protection, the court must consider several factors, including:

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Illinois defense lawyer, Illinios criminal attorney, violent crimes, A bill has passed in the Illinois General Assembly that would enhance protections under hate crimes legislation. It will add protections for transgender individuals and expand the definition of institutional vandalism. The bill passed both the House and the Senate without opposition, and awaits Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature.

Current Law

In Illinois, a person commits a hate crime when he or she commits one of a list of crimes against another person because of one of several listed motivations, regardless of any other motivating factor. The crimes covered by Illinois’s hate crimes legislation are:

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