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DuPage County Assault and Battery Defense Lawyer

Elmhurst Assault and Battery Attorney

Attorney in Lombard for Clients Arrested for Bar Fights

The greater Chicago area is home to a vibrant and diverse nightlife, with clubs, bars, music venues, and a variety of other establishments to match virtually anyone's preferences. Sometimes, however, a night on the town can go bad, and suddenly, you are facing charges of assault and battery stemming from a bar fight. It is easy to get caught up in the emotions of a tense moment, but losing your temper and becoming violent can lead to serious criminal consequences. At The Law Offices of Mia S. McPherson, P.C., we understand that bad things can happen to good people, and if you have been arrested and charged with assault, you need a skilled attorney on your side.

For 20 years, our legal team has been providing trusted guidance to criminal defendants throughout the Chicago's western suburbs, including many facing assault and battery charges. We recognize the importance of a strong defense, and we are committed to protecting the rights of our clients at every stage of the process.

Counsel for Assault and Battery Cases in Elmhurst and Westchester

The words "assault" and "battery" are often used together in news reports, but according to the Illinois Criminal Code, the two are defined as separate offenses. While a suspect who has been charged with one may also be charged with the other, there is no requirement for prosecutors to do so. Illinois law provides that a battery occurs when an individual makes physical contact with another person and inflicts bodily harm or physical contact of a provoking or insulting nature. An assault occurs when an individual places another person under the reasonable expectation of battery.

When taken in the context of a bar fight, a person is likely to be charged with assault for swinging at another person with a bottle. A slap in the face or hitting another person with a bottle is likely to be charged as battery in addition to the probable assault charge.

Assault and battery allegations may be handled as either misdemeanors or felonies depending on a number of aggravating factors. The age, occupation, or disability status of the victim, the location of the alleged offense, and the presence or use of a firearm or other weapon must all be taken into account in determining the severity of the charges and the associated penalties for a conviction.

Knowledgeable Villa Park Defense Lawyer

As a former local prosecutor and public defender, Attorney Mia S. McPherson knows the value of open communication between a criminal defendant and his or her attorney. She will listen carefully to your side of the story and conduct a full analysis of the situation. With her experience and skill, she is equipped to help you make the best decisions for handling charges of assault, battery, or other violent crimes. Our team will remain at your side, ensuring that rights are protected at the negotiating table and in court.

If you have been charged in connection with a bar fight or any other type of violent incident, contact The Law Offices of Mia S. McPherson, P.C. right away. Call 630-833-3611 for a free consultation today. We serve clients in Elmhurst, Lombard, Addison, Hillside, Northlake, Westchester, and throughout DuPage County.

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