Charged With Assault in Cook County?

Seek Out A Assault Lawyer!

Depending on the circumstances of a case, an assault can either be defined as a simple assault or aggravated assault. If you are charged with either of these offenses, as an experienced assault defense attorney, I can use several possible strategies to prove your innocence.

Simple assault is defined in 720 ILCS 5/12-1 where it is alleged that a person has knowingly engaged in conduct which places another in a reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery. Generally, simple assault is considered a misdemeanor.

Aggravated assault is defined in 720 ILCS 5/12-2 and can be charged under a number of different circumstances such as the location of the incident, if a deadly weapon was used, or the status of the individual who is complaining of the assault. An aggravated assault can be charged as a felony offense or a misdemeanor offense.

Depending on the facts of your unique case there may be issues available to argue successfully at trial that you did not commit an assault. For example, the conduct committed may not place the other person under a reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery. In other situations, I am able to convince the State’s Attorney through negotiations to dismiss the charge or reduce the charge to an offense that will not negatively affect your record.

David M. Smith Attorney at Law, PC serves clients in Chicago, Cook County and surrounding Illinois communities.