Assault and battery are serious crimes that can carry serious penalties. These crimes can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies depending on the circumstances of the incident. If you are charged with assault and/or battery, hiring an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney is vital to protecting your rights and minimizing the negative consequences of these charges.
Attorney Christopher M. Cosley is a tough criminal defense attorney experienced in handling assault and battery cases. A former prosecutor, he is dedicated to obtaining the best possible result for his clients whether that is acquittal, reduced charges, deferred prosecution or another outcome.
Assault is a crime in which a victim is placed in fear of harm. This crime can range from verbal threats to physical threats with a deadly weapon. An individual does not have to actually harm someone to be charged with assault. Battery, on the other hand, is a crime that involves actually causing physical harm to someone. This crime can range from shoving to a physical attack that causes lasting physical damage.
Both assault and battery can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies. Assault becomes aggravated assault when a deadly weapon or a disguise is used or if the victim is in law enforcement or another designated profession. Aggravated assaults can be charged as Class A misdemeanors or a Class 4 felonies. Depending on how they are charged, defendants can face 1 to 3 years in jail and between $2,500 to $25,000 in fines. Battery charges can become aggravated battery charges if a firearm is used or if serious bodily harm is caused. This is typically a Class 3 felony, which can result in 2 to 5 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
The seriousness of violent crime charges requires the help of an experienced defense attorney. Our firm strongly advocates for our clients and works to achieve a favorable result in every case. If you or a loved one is charged with assault and/or battery, contact the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley in Rolling Meadows to schedule a free consultation. We handle misdemeanor and felony cases for both juveniles and adults throughout Cook County including Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, South Barrington, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Rosemont, Mount Prospect, Elk Grove, Streamwood, and Schiller Park.