Domestic Battery

Definition of Domestic Battery.

(a) A person commits domestic battery if he or she knowingly without legal justification by any means:

(1) Causes bodily harm to any family or household member;

(2) Makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with any family or household member.

(b) Sentence.  Domestic battery is a Class A misdemeanor.  Domestic battery is a Class 4 felony if the defendant has any prior conviction of Violation of an Order of Protection (720 ILCS 5/12-3.4), or any prior conviction under the law of another jurisdiction for an offense which is substantially similar.  Domestic battery is a Class 4 felony if the defendant has any prior conviction for First Degree Murder (720 ILCS 5/9-1), Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder (720 ILCS 5/8-4), Aggravated Domestic Battery (720 ILCS 5/12-3.3), Aggravated Battery (720 ILCS 5/12-3.05), Heinous Battery (720 ILCS 5/12-4.1), Aggravated Battery With a Firearm (720 ILCS 5/12-4.2), Aggravated Battery With a Machine Gun or Firearm Equipped With a Silencer (720 ILCS 5/12-4.2-5), Aggravated Battery of a Child (720 ILCS 5/12-3.1), Aggravated Battery of a Senior Citizen (720 ILCS 5/12-4.6), Stalking (720 ILCS 12-7.3), Aggravated Stalking (720 ILCS 5/12-7.4), Criminal Sexual Assault (720 ILCS5/11-1.20), Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault (720 ILCS 5/11-1.30), Kidnapping (720 ILCS 5/10-1), Aggravated Kidnapping (720 ILCS 5/10-2), Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child (720 ILCS 5/11-1.40), Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (720 ILCS 5/11-1.60), Unlawful Restraint (720 ILCS 5/10-3), Aggravated Unlawful Restraint (720 ILCS 5/10-3.1), Aggravated Arson (720 ILCS 5/20-1.1), or Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm (720 ILCS 5/24-1.2), or any prior conviction under the law of another jurisdiction for any offense that is substantially similar to the offenses listed in this Section, when any of these offenses have been committed against a family or household member.  Domestic battery is a Class 4 felony if the defendant has one or 2 prior convictions under for Domestic Battery (720 ILCS 5/12-3.2).  Domestic battery is a Class 3 felony if the defendant had 3 prior convictions for Domestic Battery (720 ILCS 5/12-3.2).  Domestic battery is a Class 2 felony if the defendant had 4 or more convictions for Domestic battery (720 ILCS 5/12-3.2).  In addition to any other sentencing alternatives, for any second or subsequent conviction of violating this Section, the offender shall be mandatorily sentenced to a minimum of 72 consecutive hours of imprisonment.  The imprisonment shall not be subject to suspension, nor shall the person be eligible for probation in order to reduce the sentence.

(c) Domestic battery committed in the presence of a child.  In addition to any other sentencing alternatives, a defendant who commits, in the presence of a child, a felony domestic battery (enhanced under subsection (b)), Aggravated Domestic Battery (720 ILCS 5/12-3.3), Aggravated Battery (720 ILCS 5/12-3.05), Unlawful Restraint (720 ILCS 5/10-3), or Aggravated Unlawful Restraint (720 ILCS 5/10-3.1) against a family or household member shall be required to serve a mandatory minimum imprisonment of 10 days or perform 300 hours of community service, or both.  The defendant shall further be liable for the cost of any counseling required for the child at the discretion of the court in accordance with subsection (b) of Section 5-5-6 of Sentences of Probation and Conditional Discharge (730 ILCS 5/5-6) of the Unified Code of Corrections.  For purposes of this Section, “child” means a person under 18 years of age who is the defendant’s or victim’s child or stepchild or who is a minor child residing within or visiting the household of the defendant or victim.

(d) Upon conviction of domestic battery, the court shall advise the defendant orally or in writing, substantially as follows: “An individual convicted of domestic battery may be subject to federal criminal penalties for possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving any firearm or ammunition in violation of the federal Gun Control Act of 1968 (18 U.S.C 922 (g)(8) and (9)).”  A notation shall be made in the court file the admonition was given.