Assault & Battery
A conviction for assault and battery is not something that you would want to point out to a prospective employer, yet pleading guilty to an assault charge could force you to do just that. Job applications routinely ask if you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime.
If you do not answer truthfully, your employer can easily find out by conducting a routine background check. At Patel Law, PC, we bring years of experience to defending people accused of assault and battery in the Champaign-Urbana area.
Understanding Assault & Battery
In Illinois, assault and battery are two separate offenses. Assault is committed when one person threatens or otherwise causes a person to fear immediate bodily harm or "battery." Should such harm be inflicted, it is battery. The two offenses are often committed together, which is why a person can be charged with assault and battery. Each offense is a misdemeanor by itself unless aggravated by the display or use of a deadly weapon, or by the infliction of serious or life-threatening bodily harm. Mr. Patel defends people charged with all levels of violent crimes, including:
- Simple battery
- Aggravated battery of a police officer
- Aggravated battery in a public place
- Aggravated battery with a weapon
There are many defenses to assault and battery charges. For example, if you were merely defending yourself or another, you are not guilty of a crime. Many battery charges result from fights, and police may accept the version of events told by the victim and the victim's friends rather than conducting a thorough investigation.
Defense attorney Baku N. Patel and his criminal defense team will interview witnesses to collect evidence that tells your side of what happened. We will then aggressively defend you in court. Attorney Patel is a former federal prosecutor, former Champaign County and Vermilion County senior prosecutor, and former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General. Our firm offers a free initial consultation to discuss your case, so contact us at your earliest convenience to set up an appointment.