Battery Charges Increase When a Police Officer is Involved
Like many states, the state of Illinois is very protective of their police officers. Police officers protect the public and uphold the peace, but some people do not treat police officers with the respect that they deserve. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for police officers to be injured or even killed while on the job. In the past year, there have been numerous stories about Illinois police officers killed in the line of duty. When it comes to prosecuting those accused of battery of a police officer, the courts do not take these accusations lightly and those convicted are often punished to the full extent of the law.
A Recent Case
In a recent case, an Illinois woman has been accused of a slew of crimes stemming from a traffic stop on April 16. According to police reports, the 45-year-old woman and her traveling companion were pulled over Tuesday. After police suspected criminal activity, the officer separate her and her companion and she then allegedly placed an unidentified substance in the police officer’s sports drink in his squad car. The woman now faces multiple drug charges, including unlawful possession of methamphetamine and intent to deliver it, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. The woman also faces two counts of aggravated battery to a police officer.
Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer Charges and Penalties
In the state of Illinois, aggravated battery can be defined a number of different ways. You can be charged with aggravated battery if you cause great bodily harm or permanent disfigurement to a person, if you commit battery in certain locations, you commit battery to certain people or you use a firearm or other weapon to commit the battery. In the case of the woman, she was charged with aggravated battery because the victim was a police officer. These aggravated battery charges are classified as Class 2 felonies, which each carry a possible sentence of three to seven years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
Are You Facing Aggravated Battery Charges? Contact a Will County Violent Crimes Defense Attorney
Violent crimes are taken seriously by those who are a part of the Illinois criminal justice system. If you have been charged with battery or aggravated battery, you will most likely face serious consequences. Getting representation from a knowledgeable Joliet IL violent crimes defense lawyer is crucial in getting a successful outcome. At the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C., we can help you defend against all types of violent crime charges, including aggravated battery charges. Contact our office today by calling 815-740-4025 to schedule a free consultation.