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St. Charles Domestic Violence Lawyer

Attorney Defending Individuals Charged with Domestic Battery in Kane County

When an alleged act of violence or physical harm occurs between family members, members of the same household, or those in a dating relationship, it can result in domestic violence charges. Prosecutors are known to aggressively pursue these types of cases because of political pressure, social pressure, and the risk for greater harm to occur. Though domestic disturbances must be taken seriously, and steps should be taken to protect those who have been harmed, this should also be balanced with the need to ensure that no one has their reputation, career, and life ruined by a false accusation.

At Goostree Law Group, we understand that domestic violence allegations, though they are serious charges, are among the most likely to be exaggerated, mischaracterized, or fabricated. Former DuPage County prosecutor Jeff Muntz handles all of our domestic violence cases and other criminal defense matters. Jeff worked in the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for over 8 years, and he has extensive experience handling domestic battery cases from both sides of the law. Jeff has in-depth knowledge of the Illinois criminal justice system, and he has a strong track record of success defending his clients in these types of cases.

We have assisted many clients in achieving positive case results, including multiple cases in which domestic battery charges were dismissed.

Illinois Domestic Violence Laws

Illinois law defines domestic violence as hitting, choking, kicking, threatening, or interfering with the personal freedom of another family member or member of a household. There are several types of relationships that are covered by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act:

  • Those who are married or used to be married to each other;
  • Couples who have never been married but have children together;
  • Individuals who are dating each other or who have dated each other in the past;
  • Children and stepchildren;
  • Family members who are related by blood;
  • Individuals who are currently roommates or used to share a dwelling together;
  • Elderly or disabled adults and their caregivers.

Convictions for domestic battery can result in very harsh consequences:

  • A first offense will likely be charged as a Class A misdemeanor, with fines of up to $2,500, up to one year in county jail, probation, and counseling as directed;
  • If there is at least one previous conviction or if the incident involves a child, the use of a firearm, or sexual assault, the charge is upgraded to a felony offense, with fines of up to $25,000 and a sentence in state prison;
  • If the incident results in serious bodily injury, disfigurement, or disability, it can result in an aggravated domestic battery charge, which is a Class 2 felony with fines of up to $25,000 and a prison term that can be extended to up to 14 years if the prosecutor can establish certain legal criteria.

It is important to note that, unlike most other misdemeanor offenses, a conviction for domestic battery, even if it is a first-offense without aggravated circumstances, requires that the mandatory minimum sentence be imposed. In such cases, court supervision is not an option. In addition, a conviction stays permanently on your criminal record and cannot be expunged.

Speak with a Seasoned Aurora Domestic Violence Attorney

If you are facing a domestic battery charge, a conviction can result in heavy fines, the loss of your freedom, and severe limitations on your future options. With so much on the line, you need strong legal representation from someone who understands what it takes to successfully defend the charges against you. Attorney Jeff Muntz can thoroughly analyze your case and go over your legal options to determine the best path forward toward a favorable outcome. For a free consultation with Attorney Muntz, contact our office today at 630-584-4800.

 

Kane County Divorce Lawyers

A negotiated settlement is almost always the preferred outcome in a divorce, as the process is generally smoother and easier on the family as a whole. Avoiding trial will also speed up the divorce process and allow you and your spouse to exercise greater control over the outcome. Everyone wins when both parties are able to come together and make the difficult decisions related to:

While we strive to negotiate a favorable settlement for our clients in every case we take, we are always prepared to go to trial if negotiations fail. As strong litigators, we know how to effectively present our clients’ case to a judge.

Divorce For Older Couples

The divorce rate for couples over age 50 has more than doubled in recent years. This can be attributed to several factors, not the least of which is the desire to live an emotionally happy and satisfying life. With children grown and the number of years ahead of major concern, many older couples are choosing to go their separate ways.

Called "gray divorce", these cases have issues that are very different from younger couples. With more years together, there are often more complex assets including businesses and real estate, to divide. One or both spouses may be close to or already retired, impacting the payment of spousal maintenance. There may also be health issues to take into consideration. At Goostree Law Group, we have worked with couples of all ages, including many as they near their retirement years.

Kane County Attorneys With Your Child's Best Interest in Mind

Kane County Attorneys

At Goostree Law Group, we understand the emotional turmoil that comes with any family law issue involving children. While most parents try to protect their children and want the best for them, it can become difficult when opposing parties have different agendas.

Our experienced attorneys care deeply about our clients and their children. We will attempt to minimize conflict when possible but seek solutions in the courtroom when necessary. If you have an issue related to children including support, parenting time or parental decision making, we can help:

Family Law Attorneys Serving St. Charles, Geneva and Surrounding Areas

Family law includes many areas beyond divorce. You may find you need a family lawyer if you seek to expand your family through adoption. Perhaps you wish to have your spouse adopt your child through a step-parent adoption. Family law also includes the preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, which have become more and more commonplace in the world of marrying later, wealth accumulation and multiple marriages.

The attorneys at Goostree Law Group have over 80 years of combined experience in the practice of family law. We represent parents seeking to establish paternity in order to receive support or to enjoy time with their child. We assist same-sex couples seeking to divorce and establish the division of assets from years of accumulation prior to legal marriage. And, we seek to protect our clients and their families from domestic violence through orders of protection. If you have a family law matter that needs legal guidance, contact Goostree Law Group today.

High Conflict Divorce Issues

High Conflict Divorce Issues

While some divorces are able to be resolved amicably, many are not. A variety of issues can lead to high conflict divorce situations including cheating, financial dishonesty, mental health problems, anger issues, and addiction. At Goostree Law Group, we are prepared to seek orders of protection against stalking and harassing behavior, as well as defend against false allegations.

Post-Divorce Changes, Enforcement and Modifications

Post-Divorce Changes, Enforcement and Modifications

Once a divorce is final, most people hope to move on with their lives without the need for attorneys and judges. Unfortunately, many divorces require legal intervention after the initial decree is final. Whether you have issues related to changes in circumstances, non-payment of support or parental conflicts, Goostree Law Group can help keep you moving forward.

Experienced Family Law Representation

Many different issues are resolved in the family court system, and our attorneys are experienced in handling all of them. From adoption to paternity to orders of protection, we successfully represented clients in many types of family law matter. Having an experienced family law attorney in your corner is essential. Odds are good that we have seen a case just like yours (or similar), and we can use that experience to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Our attorneys are dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights and strongly advocating for our clients’ interests.

If you are in need of experienced and skillful divorce or family law representation, contact us at 630-584-4800 to schedule a free consultation. We will explain what you can expect from the legal process and work with you to plan a strategy for success. We work with clients throughout Northern Illinois including Kane County and the surrounding areas.

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