Blog ImageMany people use “assault” and “battery” interchangeably in everyday language. However, legally, these terms represent distinct violent crimes with crucial variations under Illinois law that carry harsh penalties if convicted. Understanding the contrasts between assault and battery allegations is vital for an effective defense. An Illinois attorney can analyze the case specifics to determine the best defensive strategies for your situation.

Defining Assault Allegations

Illinois statutes define assault as conduct intentionally or knowingly causing another person to fear imminent bodily harm or offensive physical contact reasonably—basically threats of violence. Charged assault crimes require prosecutors to show the defendant verbally uttered explicit warnings of violence or made objectively threatening physical gestures. However, unlike with battery counts below, no physical harm needs to occur for assault convictions, only perception of potential harm.