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Domestic Battery Lawyer-Exposing False Claims of Domestic Battery

Domestic Battery attorney, James Dimeas, has spent the past 26 years representing people falsely accused of Domestic Battery in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County and Lake County.  The criminal justice system is stacked heavily against individuals charged with Domestic Battery.  When the police are called to the scene of a reported Domestic Battery, rather than making a reasoned decision, they will not hesitate to arrest the accused and subject them to the criminal justice system.  Police officers fear being accused of making the wrong decision. When you go to court you run into the same attitude with the prosecutors who handle Domestic Battery cases. Many of these prosecutors are conditioned to believe that everyone who is accused of a Domestic Battery is guilty.  Even when a prosecutor is convinced that the accuser is making up the Domestic Violence accusations, they are often unwilling to do the right thing and dismiss the charges and would rather proceed to trial and have the judge find the defendant not guilty and blame the judge for losing the case.

This is the environment in which Domestic Battery lawyer, James Dimeas, has learned to handle Domestic Battery cases.  It's an environment that is heavily tilted against a defendant facing Domestic Violence charges and which requires the skillful representation of an experience and accomplished Domestic Battery attorney who understands how to handle Domestic Battery cases in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County. While every Domestic Battery case is handled differently in every county and in every courtroom, you need to make sure that the attorney you hire to handle your Domestic Battery case understands how to handle your particular Domestic Battery case.

What is Domestic Battery in Illinois?

Domestic Battery 750 ILCS 60, which also known as Domestic Violence, is basically when you physically abuse, or make physical contact, with a family member.  What the law considers a "family member" is defined a little more broadly than most people would consider a family member to be.  Under the Illinois Domestic Battery law, a family member includes a spouse, a former spouse, and even a former boyfriend or girlfriend.  There's two ways that you can be charged with a Domestic Battery in Illinois.  The first is if there's physical harm that results from the Battery.  The second is if the Battery was of an insulting or provoking nature.  The Domestic Battery Statute in Illinois considers both types of conduct to be a Domestic Battery and treats them equally as severe.

Most Domestic Battery cases in Illinois are a Class A Misdemeanor which carry a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a fine up to $2,500.  In addition, a conviction for a Domestic Battery may result in Domestic Violence classes, Anger Management classes, Mental Health treatment, and the entry of an Order of Protection.  But while Domestic Battery is a misdemeanor, it is one of the more serious misdemeanors in Illinois.  It is serious because Court Supervision it is not possible if you are convicted of a Domestic Battery. The minimum sentence for a Domestic Battery in Illinois is Conditional Discharge which is a conviction for purposes of your criminal record.  Furthermore, a conviction for a Domestic Battery can never be expunged or sealed from your criminal record. This means that the conviction will remain forever on your criminal record and will come up whenever a background search is done.  This is another reason why you need to make sure that you hire an experienced Domestic Battery lawyer, like James Dimeas, to handle your Illinois Domestic Battery case. A Domestic Battery attorney that has the experience necessary to come up with an effective defense strategy to make sure that you are not convicted of a Domestic Battery and are able to eventually remove the Domestic Battery from your background.

What is an Aggravated Domestic Battery in Illinois?

Aggravated Domestic Battery 720 ILCS 5/12-3.3 is a very serious criminal charge in Illinois. There's two ways that you can be charged with an Aggravated Domestic Battery in Illinois. The first is if there is great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement suffered by the victim.  The second way that you can be charged with an Aggravated Domestic Battery in Illinois is if strangulation was involved.  If the victim claims that you placed your hands around their neck and kept them from breathing for any period of time you will probably be charged with an Aggravated Domestic Battery.  Aggravated Domestic Battery in Illinois is a Class 2 felony which is punishable by between 3 to 7 years in prison  Probation is a possible alternative, but what makes Aggravated Domestic Battery such a serious charge is that if you plead guilty to an Aggravated Domestic Battery, or are convicted of an Aggravated Domestic Battery, you must serve at least 60 continuous days in jail.

The consequences of a conviction for a Domestic Battery or an Aggravated Domestic Battery are very serious. Not only will you have great difficulty obtaining a job or even getting a landlord to rent you an apartment but you also lose certain rights.  One big right you may lose is your constitutional right to own a firearm.  If you are going through a Divorce a Domestic Battery conviction could affect your custody or visitation rights with your minor children.  If you are convicted of a felony Aggravated Domestic Battery, it may affect your ability to receive financial aid or student loans, or even be disqualified from admission to certain colleges and universities.

Domestic Battery Lawyer James Dimeas Providing Award-Winning, Experienced and Effective Defense of Domestic Battery Charges

Domestic Battery lawyer, James Dimeas, has over 26 years of experience handling Domestic Battery charges in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County.  James Dimeas has the experience to put together an effective defense that will defeat the Domestic Battery, and Aggravated Domestic Battery charges against you. Domestic Battery lawyer, James Dimeas, understands how easy it is to file false Domestic Violence charges against an innocent criminal defendant.  He will look through emails and text messages, and social media posts to find evidence to clear your name. He will review the police reports to find inconsistent statements that the alleged victim made to the different police officers and to medical personnel. He will review the recordings of 911 tapes for inconsistent statements by the alleged victim.  If the alleged victim petition's the court for an Order of Protection they will often make statements in the Petition for an Order of Protection that are different than the statements made to the police and to the medical personnel. Sometimes a victim will send text messages in which they make statements that could show the innocence of the accused.  Domestic Battery attorney, James Dimeas, has the experience with Illinois Domestic Battery cases to defend your name and to win your case.

James Dimeas is a nationally-recognized, award-winning, Domestic Battery Lawyer. Attorney and Practice Magazine gave James Dimeas the "Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney Award for Illinois." The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys gave James Dimeas the "Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Illinois." Recently, James Dimeas was recognized by the American Society of Legal Advocates as a "Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer In the State of Illinois For the Year 2018 and 2019." Expertise has named James Dimeas a "Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago." James Dimeas was been named a "Best DUI Attorney." The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys recognized James Dimeas as a "10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction." The National Trial Lawyers have named James Dimeas a "Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer." AVVO rates James Dimeas as "Superb," the highest rating possible for any criminal defense attorney in the United States.

If you are facing Domestic Battery or Domestic Violence charges in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, or Lake County, you can contact Domestic Battery attorney, James Dimeas, anytime for a free and confidential consultation about your case.  James Dimeas has the experience and the proven track record with Domestic Battery cases to win your case and clear your name. 

If you need to speak to James Dimeas personally, he can always be reached at 847-807-7405.
Client Reviews
I got into an argument with my ex-boyfriend. One thing led to another and when he came close to me I pushed him away. He called the police and when I spoke to the police I told them that I pushed him without realizing that you don't have to hit someone to be charged with a Domestic Battery. Being arrested was terrifying. I spoke to several attorneys who promised they would win the case and were charging a ridiculous amount of money. A friend referred me to James Dimeas. He was straightforward and honest with me and charged me a very reasonable and affordable fee. He got me into the Kane County Deferred Prosecution Program. I successfully completed the program and I just received paperwork in the mail that the case has been expunged and completely removed from my record. I highly recommend Jim Dimeas. He is an honest and straightforward lawyer that will look out for your best interests. E.A.
Had a DUI and hired a lawyer who lived in my building that I knew for years and trusted. Thought he was my friend. Paid him (more than I should have) and he handled my case for almost a year and totally screwed it up. I fired him and found out that he had given up his law license around the time I hired him. A friend recommended James to me and he took over my case and handled it the way it should have been handled from the beginning. I cannot stress how HIGHLY I recommend James Dimeas. I wish I would have hired him from day one. He answered all my calls and text messages and cleaned up a royal mess that had been created by the previous guy that I thought was a lawyer. I consider James to be a friend and recommend him to all of my friends. What a great lawyer and an even better guy! J.P.
I had been accused of doing something, by my then wife, that I did not do. I was 100% innocent and was at the lowest point in my life. My mother told me to call James Dimeas. Her friend recommended him to her. James fought for me in court and refused to back down, even when the prosecution offered to lower the charges and make me plead guilty. I refused to plead guilty to something I did not do. The case went to trial and James won my case. I was found not guilty because I was NOT GUILTY. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND JAMES DIMEAS! Not only is he a great lawyer, but he is also a great human being. The truth shall set you free! C.D.
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