(720 ILCS 5/12-3) (from Ch. 38, par. 12-3) & (720 ILCS 5/12-4) (from Ch. 38, par. 12-4)

“A person commits battery if 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.”

BATTERY – 720 ILCS 5/12-3

Battery is a Class A misdemeanor. However, a Battery can also be an Aggravated Battery in some circumstances. Aggravated Battery can be a Class 3 felony, Class 2 felony, Class 1 Felony, or a Class X felony depending on severity of the injury, the status (a child or disabled person) of the victim, the location of the Battery, the use of a firearm during the battery, the use of a weapon during the battery, or other certain conduct. A Class X felony is non-probationable and is punishable by 6 to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Additionally, some Aggravated Battery charges carry enhanced sentencing which can include sentencing up to and including life in prison.

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