Lake County Assault Lawyer
Charged with Assault? Get Defense from Albert L. Wysocki!
Are you asking yourself what you should do if you have been charged with assault in Lake County? The first step is to retain a competent and experienced criminal defense lawyer. Albert L. Wysocki, Attorney at Law has a broad range of experience across the entire spectrum of criminal defense.
What do I do if I have been charged with assault in Lake County? Obviously the first thing you must do is retain competent and experienced criminal defense representation. Attorney Albert L. Wysocki, has the expertise and legal knowledge to successfully defend you from an assault charge.
Assaults vs. Aggravated Assault in Illinois
Assault is the intentional act of harming another person. In Illinois, physical contact with another is not necessary to be accused of assault. The mere creation of a reasonable sense of fear of imminent bodily harm in another is enough to be charged. If a gun or a knife or some other deadly weapon is involved in the alleged assault, this will give rise to an aggravated assault charge.
Aggravated assault is a more severe form of assault.. This is usually elevated from "simple assault" depending on the nature of the offense, whether or not a weapon was used, or the severity of the attack. Additionally, if you conceal your face with a mask, allegedly assault a teacher on school grounds, assault a government worker, a physically handicapped person, a pregnant woman, or someone who is over 60 years old, this can also lead to an aggravated assault charge.
Assault with a deadly weapon is another form of an assault charge, using objects that the law decrees as deadly weapons. These may be firearms, knives, poisons, explosives, and even items such as rocks or glass—any item that can cause another person's death.
What Are the Penalties?
An assault in Illinois is considered a Class C misdemeanor.
These are the following penalties under Illinois law:
- Up to 30 days in jail
- Fine of up to $1, 500
- Minimum 30 hours and up to 120 hours of community service
Aggravated assault can be either a Class A misdemeanor, and elevated up to a Class 3 or Class 4 felony, depending on the circumstances.
These are the minimum potential penalties for aggravated assault:
- Up to 1 year in prison
- Fine up to $2, 500
In some cases, imprisonment can also range from a minimum of two to three years, and up to five to six years, including fines, for Class 3 or Class 4 felony charges.
The minimum penalties for assault with a deadly weapon:
- Up to 1 year in prison
- Fine up to $2, 500
- Probation for up to 2 years
- Restitution paid to victims
The penalties may only further enhance to include several years in prison and mandatory community service hours. Regardless of the type of assault charge you may be facing, if you have been arrested or charged with assault, you have every right to protect yourself. Seek a Lake County assault attorney as soon as possible to discuss sentencing and the various outcomes. You will want to be prepared as much as possible.
Unparalleled Experience and Knowledge at Trial
The defenses that may be valid to combat assault charges can include self-defense. Or, the alleged victim's response was not that of a reasonable person fearing imminent bodily harm. It may be possible that the alleged victim overstated the danger the actor presented. In some circumstances, the charges will be dropped if an alleged perpetrator enrolls in an anger management class and successfully completes it to the court's satisfaction.
Albert L. Wysocki, Attorney at Law has the expertise and legal knowledge to successfully defend you on charges of assault. Contact our offices now for a consultation where we can review all of the evidence against you and determine the proper course of action moving forward. As a former judge, prosecutor and deputy sheriff, Attorney Wysocki has unparalleled experience and qualifications to lead a defense for you in any type of criminal matter.
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Contact our law firm today for an initial consultation where we can get your side of the story, review any police reports and other evidence, and answer any questions you may have. We can give you an honest and professional opinion as to you best course of action moving forward.
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