The classification of domestic violence covers a wide range of crimes. Illinois law considers assault or battery an act of domestic violence if it is perpetrated against a:
- Family member;
- Spouse or former spouse;
- Current or former roommate;
- Co-parent, regardless of whether the parents were ever married;
- Former boyfriend or girlfriend; or
- Household member with disabilities or their assistant.
- Abuse may be physical, such as hitting, choking, pushing, or entrapping, to name a few. It may also take the form of harassment and/or stalking, threatening, forcing another person to do something he or she does not want to do, or denying someone proper medical care. Charges may also be increased if any of this is done in front of a child.
What Someone Accused of Domestic Violence Can Do
If you are accused of a violent crime, you are innocent until proven guilty. These charges are of the utmost seriousness, so it is critical you seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Your attorney can investigate the facts of your case to seek dropped or reduced charges. This includes any witnesses that can support your claim of innocence or that you acted in self-defense. During this time, do not contact your accuser, and follow the advice of your legal counsel....