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We have all probably heard the phrase “assault and battery” at some point in our lives. This phrase is used so often that the terms assault and battery tend to be used interchangeably, even though they are different legal concepts that carry different consequences. In Illinois, there are also offenses such as aggravated assault and aggravated battery, which consist of different actions and typically carry more serious punishments. 

If you face an assault or battery charge, understanding the offense and its penalties is the first step in building a solid defense with the help of a skilled criminal defense lawyer.

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A recent article in the Chicago Tribune reported that a Palatine man allegedly hit another man with a baseball bat during an argument. Albino Damian-Lopez, 24, turned himself in to Cook County police regarding the incident just one day after fleeing the scene. Lopez has been charged with aggravated battery.

Robyn assault and batteryPeople are sometimes confused about the lines between assault and battery. In addition, some are not sure what makes an assault or battery aggravated. In general, assault is the threat of harm and battery is the action that carries out the threat. For example, if a person lunges at you in a threatening manner and you perceive that they intended to harm you physically, that would be considered assault. Notice in the scenario, that no physical contact was made. If the person struck you after assaulting you, that would be considered battery.

How Does Assault or Battery Become Aggravated?

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