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Aggravated Battery Against an Officer



Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer


The charge of Aggravated batter of a Police officer in Illinois is defined under statute in several different ways. Based on the injuries suffered by the police officer, and the use of a weapon. There are other different definitions that may be applicable under aggravated battery when a police officer is the alleged victim. A person commits aggravated battery of a police officer if the person commits the offense of battery and in so doing:

  • Causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to another person, knowing them to be a police officer. 
  • commits the battery against the victim because the person knows the victim to be a police officer and uses a gun, other than a machine gun, and causes injury to another person, knowing him or her to be a police officer. 

All the above definitions apply if the aggravated battery occurred to a police officer who was

  • Performing his or her official duties
  • Battered in an effort by the offender to keep the police officer from performing his or her official duties; or
  • Battered as payback for performing his or her official duties

If a person is an inmate, their actions towards a correctional employee can also lead to aggravated battery charges. If an inmate used their bodily fluid to attack a correctional employee or an employee of the Department of Human Services, they can be charged with aggravated battery. 


The penalties for aggravated battery of a police officer can range from a Class X felony, to class 1, class 2, or a class 3 felony depending on the circumstances alleged. A defendant can be sentenced to 4-15 years in prison for the class 1 felony, 3-7 years in prison for the class 2 felony and 2-5 years in prison for the class 3 felony. If convicted of the class X felony, a person can be sentenced to 20-60 years in prison. Extended sentences can be added on to the class 1,2 and 3 felonies for aggravating factors. The prison sentences can be 20 years for class 1 felony, 14 years for a class 2 felony, and 10 years for a class 3 felony. 

Facing charges like this can have a life changing impact, this is due to the status of the victim. The prosecution will be tough and aggressive on the defendant, and the witnesses will likely be other police officers. This does not mean that the defendant will be automatically convicted of the charges. Having a strong defense team can make a big difference in your case. Our attorneys will work proactively by interviewing witnesses, reviewing police reports, and all other documents that may be helpful in proving your innocence. 

Chicago Criminal Defense

If you were arrested for aggravated batter of a police officer, you need an experienced and skilled defense attorney to represent you. The prosecution will be tougher because the alleged victim is a police officer, this is why you need an aggressive defense attorney to handle your case. Contact criminal defense attorney Sam A. Odeh for a consultation on your case. 


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