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Violent Offenses Attorney in Itasca

Addison Violent Crimes Defense Lawyer

DuPage County Lawyer for Individuals Charged with Crimes of Violence

Violent crimes are offenses that involve the threat of harm or actual harm to another individual. Being convicted of a violent crime will dramatically alter your life. You could face years of imprisonment, heavy fines, and a lifetime of negative stigma. If you or a loved one have been accused of a violent crime, reach out to the experienced legal professionals at Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C. Our knowledgeable defense lawyers have more than 20 years of experience helping defendants fight criminal charges.

Trusted Defense Counsel in Wood Dale

The term "violent crime" can refer to a variety of criminal offenses including assault, battery, sexual assault, firearm violations, armed robbery, and many others. It is important to contact a qualified criminal defense lawyer if you have been charged with any violent offense, such as:

  • Murder: According to Illinois law, an individual commits first-degree murder if he or she intentionally kills another person, inflicts significant physical harm knowing it could kill the victim, or commits an act that has a high likelihood of causing death or substantial bodily harm. Second-degree murder refers to murder which was not premeditated. This is a Class 1 felony punishable by up to twenty years in prison. The maximum punishment for the Class X felony of first-degree murder in Illinois is life imprisonment.
  • Manslaughter: An individual commits manslaughter if he or she kills another person without premeditation or malice. Involuntary manslaughter refers to situations in which a defendant takes the life of another person through reckless behavior or severe negligence. Reckless homicide occurs when a person accidentally kills another person while driving a vehicle. Manslaughter is most often classified as a Class 3 felony punishable by up to five years in prison, up to $25,000 in fines.
  • Reckless conduct: Sometimes known as reckless endangerment, reckless conduct refers to an act which causes bodily harm or endangers the safety of another person. It is generally a misdemeanor offense. If the reckless behavior causes great bodily harm or permanent disability, it is a Class 4 felony.
  • Domestic Violence: The term domestic violence refers to acts of violence against a family member, roommate, romantic partner, or former romantic partner. An individual commits the crime of domestic battery if he or she intentionally causes physical injury or makes physical contact of a provoking or offensive nature with a family or household member. Domestic battery is a Class A misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Aggravated domestic battery is domestic battery that results in great bodily harm, permanent disability, or disfigurement. This offense is a Class 2 felony punishable by up to seven years' incarceration.

Immigration and Crimes of Moral Turpitude

Violent offenses are often considered "crimes of moral turpitude," or crimes which are particularly immoral. This is of special concern for individuals seeking a green card, immigrant visa, or citizenship. In order to gain United States citizenship, you must show "good moral character." Being convicted or even just accused of a violent crime could threaten your ability to gain citizenship or stay in the United States. If this situation applies to you, it is vitally important that you work with a law firm qualified to manage both criminal cases and immigration concerns.

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Being convicted of a violent crime can dramatically affect your future. You could be incarcerated and face a lifetime of negative stigma. For more information about defending against charges related to a violent crime, contact our office. Call 630-875-1700 to schedule a free, confidential consultation today. Our firm serves clients in Itasca, Addison, Wood Dale, Elk Grove Village, Roselle, Bloomingdale, Rosemont, Schaumburg, Rolling Meadows, DuPage County, Cook County, and the rest of Northern Illinois.

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