While assault and battery are two common terms often used together when discussing criminal charges, they are actually treated as two separate offenses in Illinois. Many people may not fully understand the differences between these two offenses. If you have been accused of these offenses or related crimes, an experienced attorney can provide guidance on how Illinois law will apply in your case and how you can defend against a conviction.
In Illinois, assault is defined as a specific act that causes another person to reasonably believe that they will be subject to harmful or offensive contact. It is important to note that physical contact does not need to occur for an action to be considered assault.