Q: What happens when i am given a notice to appear on a charge of battery in Illinois?
It means you're being charged with a crime and you have to appear in front of a judge.
If it's a misdemeanor battery, that's a Class A misdemeanor that could carry up to 364 days in the County Jail. If it's a felony Aggravated Battery, then it's more serious.
How much more serious would depend on the way the Aggravated Battery is charged.
You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you right away. I'd start making calls. Many offer free initial consultations.
Best of luck to you.
A: You must appear in court and you should do so with an attorney by your side. You need to hire a Criminal Defense Attorney right away to assist you with this matter. The sooner you hire an attorney, the better. You are facing, at the very least, a Class A Misdemeanor charge which is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and up to $2,500.00 in fines not including any mandatory assessments. If you are convicted on such a charge, it will show up on background checks and cause you issues with employment, education, housing and financing. You need an attorney.
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