Illinois Aggravated Assault Lawyer
Chicago and Cook County Attorney Providing Aggravated Assault Defense
Illinois criminal courts prosecute assault cases vigorously, and even more so in the case of the more serious offense of Aggravated Assault. If you are charged with Aggravated Assault in the Chicagoland area, you need the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable defense attorney to provide legal help, defend your rights and protect you from the loss of your freedom. The attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. have successfully represented Assault clients in DuPage County, Cook County, Will County, and Kane County, and throughout Chicagoland. Our criminal defense lawyers have the experience and qualifications necessary to handle your Aggravated Assault defense aggressively and expeditiously.
Aggravated Assault Charges in Chicagoland
In Illinois, Assault is defined in the Illinois Criminal Code as causing another individual to be in reasonable fear of receiving a battery. The crime of Assault is classified as Aggravated Assault when it occurs on public property or at certain designated venues, and with a variety of extenuating circumstances, particularly the status of the victim. For example, aggravated assault occurs when it is committed against the following victims:
- Handicapped individual or person 60 years of age or older
- Teacher or school employee on school grounds
- A District Park employee on park grounds or adjacent to a park or in a building used for park purposes
- A peace officer, community policing volunteer, fireman, private security officer, emergency management worker, emergency medical technician, or utility worker
- A correctional officer or probation officer
- A correctional institution employee
- A Department of Human Services employee, officer or employee of a subcontractor who is supervising or controlling sexually dangerous persons or sexually violent persons
- A state, municipal, or political subdivision employee
- A transit employee, or a transit passenger
- A sports official or coach actively participating in any level of athletic competition within a sports venue, or within the immediate vicinity of such a facility or field
Aggravated assault also occurs when the assailant uses a firearm, deadly weapon, device, or motor vehicle in the commission of the assault, or wears a hood, robe or mask to conceal his identity.
The charge may be a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the victim, and whether a deadly weapon was used. Maximum penalties for aggravated assault are determined by the Class of misdemeanor or felony charges, and range from 1 to 3 years imprisonment, with fines ranging from $2,500 to $25,000.
Our attorneys know that when you come before the criminal courts of Illinois on Aggravated Assault charges, you have a great deal at stake. Your loss of freedom, your social standing, your employment, and a life of diminished opportunity are highly impacted by a criminal conviction. As soon as you are charged with aggravated assault, contact our attorneys to discuss your case in a free initial consultation. We will develop an aggressive defense plan and work toward the best outcome in your criminal case.
Our criminal defense lawyers will review every aspect of your case, including the police reports, witness statements, findings of investigators, and the like to turn up any facts that will support your defense. We will explore every opportunity that might assist you in defending your freedom, while protecting, to the extent possible under Illinois law, your right to expunge your arrest record. Our convenient offices are centrally located in the Northwest Chicago area, and serve DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties. Call 630-472-9700 for your free case evaluation.