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What Are The Penalties For An Assault Conviction?

Assault and battery charges are often grouped together. Assault is simply the act of putting someone in imminent fear of physical contact that could result in harm or injury. Having physical contact with or actually injuring someone is not a required element of assault. The person need only be afraid that he or she will be harmed or injured in some way. A charge of battery is applicable when you have unwanted physical contact with someone else that is either offensive or causes injury.

Assault is a Class C misdemeanor, and battery is a Class A misdemeanor. A conviction for assault can carry up to 30 days in jail and up to $1,500 in fines. A battery conviction can carry a sentence of up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. In some cases, such as when a person is accused of committing assault against a police officer or other protected individual, a charge may be elevated to aggravated assault. Aggravated battery charges may apply if a person is accused of inflicting serious bodily harm. Aggravated charges will result in more serious penalties, and they will often be charged as felonies that carry multi-year prison sentences and tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

These are serious consequences for charges that are often based on disputes or misunderstandings that may have simply escalated too far. Securing an effective defense against these charges is the only logical response.

At the Law Office of Philip R. Nathe, our Naperville assault lawyer brings skills to the aid of our clients that are based on more than 30 years of experience in the DuPage County criminal courts. Attorney Philip Nathe has experience as a probation officer, a prosecutor and since 1990, as a criminal defense attorney in private practice. Our experience can make the difference between facing a conviction and serious jail time and acquittal or dismissal of charges.

Contact Our Naperville Assault Defense Attorney

A conviction for assault and battery charges can affect your life beyond the criminal penalties you are dealt. We will work to provide the best possible defense, pursuing your a positive outcome to your case. Connect with our office now — call 630-416-7600, toll free at 888-583-6197, or via email.

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