Assault and Aggravated Assault
Highly Experienced Criminal Defense Assault Lawyer
Award-winning assault attorney John D. Ioakimidis has been helping his clients win their assault cases for over 23 years. He has focused his practice in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, and Lake County. He is a nationally recognized top-rated lawyer who has successfully represented thousands of clients. If you have a pending assault case, you will need a strong defense and a really smart strategy to win your case and expunge your arrest record.
What is Assault?
Under Illinois law, you can be charged with Assault if you place another person in reasonable fear of receiving unlawful contact. You do not have to physically harm or touch someone to be charged with Assault. An example of an Assault is when someone points a weapon or dangerous object at someone, like a knife or gun, in a threatening manner. Another example would be raising your fist at a person in a way that creates fear in that person of being struck.
What is the Sentence for Assault?
Assault is considered a Class C misdemeanor under Illinois law and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,500.00 and thirty days in jail. Since assault is a misdemeanor, you can receive Court supervision as an alternative to jail and avoid a conviction. Court supervision also means that so long as you don’t get into any criminal trouble, your case will be dismissed by the judge, and your arrest record will be eligible for expungement or sealing.
What is Aggravated Assault?
Aggravated Assault is charged when the assault is committed against certain protected people like persons with disabilities, officers, teachers, municipal employees, private security officers, and other protected people. Aggravated assault is also charged when it happens in certain public places like a sports venue, school or other public building.
What is the Sentence for Aggravated Assault?
Aggravated assault in most cases is a Class A misdemeanor with a potential sentence of up to 364 days in jail. As an alternative to jail, Court Supervision is available to avoid a conviction. After you complete Court Supervision, your case is dismissed by the Court, and your arrest record can then be expunged or sealed. In many cases, if the complaining witness does not appear in Court, we object to any continuances, and the case is dismissed.
What is Aggravated Felony Assault?
In cases where a weapon is used, or a correctional officer or State employee is assaulted, Aggravated Assault can be charged by the State as a Class 3 or Class 4 felony under Illinois law. If the case is charged as a Class 3 felony; the jail sentence can be anywhere from three to seven years. If the case is charged as a Class 4 felony, then the sentence can be from one to three years. However, probation is available as alternative to jail. Depending on the circumstances, a felony aggravated assault case can be reduced to a misdemeanor with the right legal strategy. Assault attorney John D. Ioakimidis, has not only been successful in reducing felonies to misdemeanors, but has also been successful in expunging and sealing his client’s assault charges from the public record.
Can I Expunge or Seal my Assault Case?
Misdemeanor assault cases are eligible for expungement or sealing. If your case concluded with no conviction being entered, you can expunge the record which means it’s obliterated. However, if your case resulted in a criminal conviction, you can only seal your arrest record. That means that although your record is deleted from public view; law enforcement still has access to your records. For Aggravated Assault that is charged as a felony, sealing or expungement is not available. It is imperative that your cases finish in such a way that you not only avoid a conviction, but also, preserves your right to expunge or seal your arrest records. That last thing you want is you to have a permanent public record of your assault arrest. In a criminal case, winning is not enough. Even after you win, you still have to take the extra step and file to expunge or seal your record. Expungement and assault lawyer John D. Ioakimidis has helped hundreds of his clients expunge their criminal records for over 23 years in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County and McHenry County.
Award-Winning Assault Attorney John D. Ioakimidis for Assault Cases
Assault lawyer John D. Ioakimidis, has been representing clients with great success for over 23 years. He has mastered the craft of criminal defense, and his extensive legal experience assures that you will get the kind of representation that will lead to the best results. Attorney John D. Ioakimidis has been nationally recognized as:
- “Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers Association;
- “10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction” by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys;
- “Top 20 Criminal defense Attorney” by Expertise;
- “Superb” by AVVO, the highest ranking;
- The firm criminal law blog is ranked nationally 9 out of 75 by Feed spot; and
- Top 100 by the American Society of Legal Advocates (Top 1.5% nationally).”
If you are facing an assault charge in Chicago, Cook County, Lake County, or DuPage County, assault attorney John D. Ioakimidis can help you win your case and avoid a conviction. Call 312-229-5500 or send a message online to discuss your case for free and confidentially.
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