Illinois Assault Charge Defense Attorney
DuPage County, IL Lawyer Defending Assault Charges
Maybe you had a hard day at work. When you stop by the bar for Happy Hour some guy bumps into you, spilling beer all over your new business suit, and he doesn’t apologize. You push back; in an instinctive reaction to defend yourself, you threaten to respond with your fists, or in an even more lethal way. Illinois law says you committed assault, pure and simple, and authorities will aggressively seek to prosecute you for it. If you are arrested on assault charges, you will face the prospect of jail time and heavy fines. You need an experienced criminal assault defense attorney by your side as soon as you are charged. Since 1991, the attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C.have successfully defended clients on assault, battery, aggravated assault, and a wide range of violent criminal charges throughout the Chicago area.
Defending Assault Charges in Chicago and Cook County
Being brought up on assault charges, even when you are defending yourself, paints an ugly picture of you as an aggressor when you come before the Illinois courts. The attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. can make a difference in your case; we can protect your rights. Backed by years of successful negotiations and litigations for assault clients, we will fight to have your charges dismissed or reduced. We will thoroughly investigate every aspect of your case, including:
- Scrutinizing police reports
- Examining the evidence against you
- Vetting eyewitness testimony
- Establishing reliable witnesses for your defense
- Uncovering the mitigating circumstances of actions taken
Our focus is on keeping you out of jail and minimizing the damage criminal charges can bring to your life and your finances. We will develop defense strategies against criminal assault, establishing that you:
- Acted in self-defense
- Did not intend to inflict harm, or were unaware of harming anyone
- Were forced to use reasonable force because you had to protect your property and yourself
In Illinois, an assault is generally a Class C misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of $1,500. The court is permitted to sentence the defendant to supervised probation rather than jail, with a mandatory minimum requirement of 30 hours of community service. If you are given supervision, your charges are dismissed without a conviction and your arrest can be expunged from your record.The attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. understand your desire to be safe from the harm of others, even when accidental, and how you only react to defend yourself when you are provoked beyond reason. If this is your first time offense, we will seek to secure court supervision for the assault charges and to work to facilitate the earliest possible expungement of your arrest record. Contact us right away to discuss your case. It will cost you nothing for an initial consultation. We have three convenient offices located in the Chicago area and handle cases in DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties.