5 Things You Don’t Know About Illinois Domestic Violence Laws
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5 Things You Don’t Know About Illinois Domestic Violence Laws

In Illinois, there are numerous types of violent crimes. But only certain types of violent actions are classified as domestic violence crimes. That’s why you should understand the laws concerning domestic violence and what might in store for you if you’re convicted of a domestic violence crime.
 
Here are five things you might not know about domestic violence laws in Illinois.
 

For a crime to be considered a domestic violence crime, the offender and the victim have to have a specific relationship. The Illinois Domestic Violence Act describes the specific types of relationships that qualify for domestic violence. If you are involved in one of these relationships and you commit and act of violence, you can be charged with domestic violence:

 

Married, divorced, or separated spouses
Current or former dating relationship
Parent or stepparent and child or stepchild
Parents who have children together
Family relatives by blood
Relatives by blood through a child
Current or former roommates
Caregiver and disabled or elderly adult

 

You can be charged with “interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.” If you have committed an act of domestic violence and you knowingly prevent or attempt to prevent the victim or a witness from calling 911, getting medical help, or contacting a police officer, you can be charged with interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.…

When is Domestic Battery “Aggravated”?
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When is Domestic Battery “Aggravated”?

 
Domestic battery charges can be very serious, but an even more serious charge is “aggravated domestic battery.” To understand what differentiates domestic battery from aggravated domestic battery, we will first have to look at what constitutes domestic battery under Illinois law.

What is Domestic Battery?
 
The crime of battery occurs when you physically touch or strike a person against their will, causing them bodily harm. This charge can also be applied to physical contact in an insulting or provocative way.
Domestic battery occurs when the crime of battery is committed against a “family or household member.” Domestic battery incidents are often punished more harshly, since the perpetrator is believed to have exploited a privileged relationship of trust with the victim.…

How to Protect Yourself against False Domestic Violence Claims
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How to Protect Yourself against False Domestic Violence Claims

 
Domestic violence crimes have been getting a fair amount of attention from both the media and local lawmakers in recent years, and prosecutors have become incredibly aggressive when it comes to handling accusations of domestic violence. But while domestic violence is a very serious concern in Chicago, overzealous prosecution of these crimes has unfortunately allowed for the rise of false and exaggerated claims.
 
Too often, individuals will use allegations of domestic violence to gain leverage in divorce or child custody, or out of a simple desire for revenge. Chicago domestic violence laws can sometimes be abused because of our state’s broad definition of domestic violence. Our state considers any act of physical abuse, harassment, intimidation, or interference with personal liberty against a person with whom you are in an intimate relationship to be domestic violence.…