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Famous Singer Arrested for Felony Battery

July 27th, 2018 at 12:17 pm

felony battery, Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorneys, domestic violence charges, aggravated battery, felony chargesMany people know the violent history of Chris Brown. With a prior domestic violence issue already on his record, the singer Chris Brown was arrested and charged with felony battery, according to CBS News. The domestic violence incident previously mentioned resulted in a felony conviction of assault. These are not isolated incidents, however. Several other charges over the years have been brought against Brown for varying degrees of assault and battery.

Ultimately, anyone facing charges for felony battery is encouraged to learn more about this crime. In addition, representation by a skilled attorney can also ensure that their rights are protected throughout each step of the case.

Illinois Battery Law

In Illinois, a person commits a battery when he or she “knowingly without legal justification by any means (1) causes bodily harm to an individual or (2) makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with an individual.” Essentially, any physical touching that causes harm to another could be considered a battery.

It is important to note that a person committing battery does not necessarily have to touch the victim himself or herself; however, the presence of some type of offensive touching (caused by the defendant) could be considered battery. Dumping a bucket of water on someone, poking someone with an item, and any other “secondary” means of touching could be considered a battery.

Batteries are usually considered a Class A misdemeanor. However, an aggravated battery results in a felony charge. A battery can be elevated to an aggravated battery based on a number of factors. A battery can become an aggravated battery based on the location of the battery, the status of the victim, or even the type of battery that is occurring.

There are common indicators that there has been an aggravated battery:

  • Using a deadly weapon in the commission of a battery;
  • Intentionally causing great bodily harm or disfigurement;
  • Concealing one’s identity;
  • Strangling someone; and
  • Injuring another who one knows is disabled or under the age of 13 years old.

The above does not list all types of battery that can occur, but some of the more common types committed in Illinois.

Contact Us Today for Help

While any type of criminal charge should be taken seriously, felony charges must be handled with the utmost care. A felony charge brings the risk of a lengthier sentence, higher fines, and longer probation or parole. As such, you need an attorney who is ready to defend you with every defense possible under the circumstances. The skilled Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley is the attorney for you. Attorney Cosley combines years of experience with the passion of defending individuals accused of crimes. Contact us today for a consultation.

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=1876&ChapterID=53&SeqEnd=23000000&SeqStart=21100000

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/chris-brown-arrested-on-felony-battery-charge-after-florida-concert/

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