If you are facing domestic violence charges, you may know that a conviction could irreparably affect your life in many ways.

Domestic violence-related offenses are serious crimes and there are severe consequences for individuals who are convicted on these charges, including separation from family and friends and restrictions on basic rights and freedoms enjoyed before the conviction. However, depending upon the circumstances that led to the charges, there may be options available to minimize the negative consequences, such as plea negotiations, treatment programs, suspended sentencing, or reduced sentences. Rolling Meadows Criminal Defense Lawyer Gbenga Longe understands all of the options that may be available to defendants who are charged with domestic violence and she can help you pursue the best possible outcome in your criminal case.

Criminal Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a category of criminal offenses that may be charged when the purported victim and the alleged perpetrator are members of the same family or household. Since there are many definitions of the word “family” and multiple definitions of the word “household,” it is important to understand to which category of parties the domestic violence laws in Illinois apply. According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, 750 ILCS 60/101 et seq., blood relatives or relatives by marriage, such as spouses, children, and stepchildren, are considered family or household members. In addition, former spouses, people who have a child in common, people who presently share or who previously shared a living space, individuals who are dating or engaged, and disabled individuals and their caregivers are all considered family or household members.