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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-design-16.jpgDomestic battery has been a major problem in the United States for many years. The abuser may face serious criminal charges, loss of employment opportunities, and decreased quality of life. The person affected by the abuse may face physical and emotional hardships for the rest of his or her life. In the United States alone, domestic battery and abuse happens far too often, and the consequences of the abuse have become more serious.

Facts About Domestic Battery and Violence

Domestic battery and abuse result in many more injuries that require medical attention than accidents, muggings, and forced sexual assault combined. In the United States alone, a woman is beaten every 15 seconds, with two in five women who are murdered killed by their husbands or boyfriends. Although there are situations where a woman beats a man, over 95 percent of all domestic battery and violence cases involve a man beating a woman. Domestic battery, violence, and abuse do not often happen suddenly; the abuse usually becomes more frequent and severe over time. Domestic battery, abuse, and violence can happen anywhere at any time. The abuse can also happen to anyone, no matter what social class, race, status, or educational background.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_452257993.jpgDomestic battery is an already serious crime that will likely come with even more serious consequences. The charge can impact a pending divorce case, cause you to be forced to leave your own home, and prevent you from seeing your own children. It is essential that you understand the law and consequences regarding domestic violence so you can take immediate action if you are being charged with such a crime. 

What is Domestic Battery?

In the State of Illinois, the most common types of domestic battery include causing bodily harm to a family or household member or making physical contact in a disrespectful nature. Family or household members can include, but is certainly not limited to, the following:

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Wheaton retail theft defense lawyerAs we all know, Halloween is just around the corner. If you have a family, then you are likely getting prepared to take your kids out trick-or-treating. The candy bucket has been filled for your neighbors, your safety plan has been completely strategized, and your children are excited to wear their costumes. But what happens if you do not have enough money for any of this? Would you just walk into the store, pick out what you want, and then leave without paying? If you decide to go this route, then you have committed retail theft, and you will likely face some very unfortunate consequences.

How Does Shoplifting Affect the Offender?

There are about 27 million shoplifters in the United States, with at least 10 million people getting caught within the last five years. There is no typical demographic for a shoplifter, as men and women tend to shoplift just as often, and anyone can commit retail theft. Most shoplifters would not commit any other crime than shoplifting, but in Illinois, they will face a Class A misdemeanor for stealing items that have a value of no more than $300, and a Class 4 felony for any subsequent offenses.

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