Types of Assault Charges
If you have been charged with assault in Chicago, it is important to contact an attorney immediately. While many believe assault involves inflicting physical harm on someone, this is not true. Simple assault means that you have threatened violence toward another person and does not have to involve contact. Aggravated assault still does not involve any actual violence, but can include:
- Committing assault with a deadly weapon
- Wearing a mask or otherwise concealing your identity
- Assaulting a public servant, an elderly or handicapped person
- Assaults that take place on public property
Incidents of aggravated assault are generally considered misdemeanors, although certain circumstances can be considered felonies. Felony assaults can include the discharge of a firearm or the assault of a corrections officer. Regardless of what kind of assault was committed, the charges are serious and can result in jail or prison sentences as well as heavy fines.
Chicago Assault Lawyer
If you have been charged with assault in Chicago, you need a criminal defense attorney to advocate for you in court. Misdemeanor aggravated assault has a penalty of up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Felony aggravated assault can carry a penalty from 1 to 3 years in prison and a fine of $25,000. Our experienced attorneys are all former prosecutors and can help you by predicting the actions of the prosecution. No matter what the circumstances are in your assault case, your Chicago assault attorney can bring powerful resources to your case.