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New Illinois Law Cracking Down on Domestic Violence Offenders

Question:  What is the State of Illinois doing to crack down on domestic violence offenders?Answer:  A new state law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2014, will increase penalties for repeat offenders of domestic battery. An offender with two prior convictions may be charged with a Class 4 felony and sentenced to one to three years’ imprisonment. An offender with three prior convictions may be charged with a Class 3 felony and may be sentenced to two to five years’ imprisonment, and offenders with four or more prior convictions may be charged with a Class 2 felony and may be sentenced to three to seven years in prison.  For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com.  If you have a legal question, send it to illinoislawcolumn@isba.org.Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit http://www.illinoislawyerfinder.com/legal-faqs

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