Battery is one of the most difficult charges a defendant can face, on account of the fact that it entails direct harm or contact involving another person. Sadly, many people are falsely accused of battery and must fight to uphold their social and legal standing. If were charged with battery in Aurora, Illinois, Martin & Kent, L.L.C. is ready to defend your reputation.

Our team of criminal defense attorneys has represented thousands of clients over a total of more than 42 years. Our experience includes time spent on both sides of the courtroom in a variety of cases. This knowledge is of great benefit to our clients, enabling us to anticipate the challenges they may face in the courtroom, and giving them confidence that we have handled numerous cases like their own. Don’t hesitate to discuss your case with a qualified lawyer-contact our firm today for a free consultation!


According to state law, battery is intentional physical contact of a harmful, offensive, or provocative nature. Because intent is a key element of determining battery charges, some legal types of physical contact-namely, those committed in self-defense-are protected from battery charges. In situations where the intent of those involved has not yet been made clear, charges will reflect the circumstances of the alleged offense.

Different types of battery include:

  • Aggravated battery
  • Domestic battery
  • Battery with a deadly weapon
  • Sexual battery

As it stands, most types of battery are felony offenses. Conviction for such charges will generally lead to years in prison, in addition to parole, and cannot be sealed from your record. Even a misdemeanor battery conviction will remain on your permanent record. When facing battery charges, you cannot afford to delay in choosing an attorney to defend you at all stages of the criminal process.


A common focus of battery claims, criminal domestic violence involves physical harm committed against family members or others in close relationship to the offender. Except in the case of aggravated charges, most domestic battery charges are Class A misdemeanors.

Domestic battery cases are unique in that the prosecuting party is often close to the defendant. Many people intentionally or accidentally form false accusations of domestic violence on account of emotional tension.

If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, a seasoned battery attorney from our firm can work to demonstrate that you were not involved in illegal, physical contact with the victim.


As a violent crime, battery is different from other criminal offenses in that the charges are based on a wide variety of factors, each of which could lead to enhanced sentencing. Various factors will be weighed prior to issuing a battery charge, including the victim involved, the injury inflicted, and other factors. Though aggravated battery tends to be a Class 3 charge, some circumstances may require that the crime be tried as a Class X felony.

Any of following could lead to an enhanced battery charge:

  • Use of a deadly weapon
  • Severe injury caused to an unborn child
  • The victim was an officer or other protected person
  • The crime was committed against a young or handicapped person
  • The victim suffered severe or permanent injury
  • The crime involves strangulation

These and other claims are likely to be used by prosecution in an attempt to enhance the sentencing you face. When you are up against an aggressive prosecutor, it is important that you retain a defense attorney who has a strong knowledge of your rights in the criminal process. As former prosecutors with more than four decades of combined experience, our firm has an intimate understanding of criminal law and can provide the defense required by your situation.


If you have been charged with battery in Aurora, contact a defense lawyer from Martin & Kent, L.L.C. today! With experience in thousands of cases, we are capable of handling your case from outset to verdict. We are proud to advocate on behalf of those who have been accused of criminal charges, and are honored to have received the 2013 Top Lawyers in Illinois Award.

Call our firm today to learn how we can handle your case!