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Domestic Disputes Due to a Spouse’s Rowdy Behavior During Football Games

A couple who lives in Long Grove, Illinois, just got married last year. They enjoy spending time together and so far have had a relatively stress-free marriage. They do not have many arguments, but it is usually about sports when they do fight. The wife knew that she was marrying someone obsessed with college football. However, she did not realize that it would negatively affect their marriage to the extent that it currently does. With football season in full swing, she is learning what it is like to be a “football widow.”

Her husband wants to take her to a sports bar in their neighborhood to watch the game. She is already irritated because her husband had turned down many activities she wanted to do because of football. When they arrive at the sports bar, her husband immediately begins drinking and getting rowdy. Usually, he is an even-tempered, nice guy. During football, though, he gets aggressive and will even start yelling obscenities at other people. She keeps telling him to stop, but he won't, and it is embarrassing her. In the heat of the moment, she grabs her water glass and hits him across the face with it as hard as she can, giving him a mild concussion. Now she is facing assault charges for hitting the person she loves.

Assault Charges for Sports Bar Brawls

Sometimes we assume that assault and battery only occur when a stranger comes up and tries to beat someone else up. However, many assault and battery charges arise from disputes between friends, family, and others who love each other. When the assault or battery is serious enough, police may even arrest someone, and prosecutors may bring charges. Assault occurs when someone inflicts physical harm or threatens or attempts to commit an action that would cause physical harm.

Battery involves making offensive contact with someone else. You do not need to physically hurt someone to be charged with battery. A slap across the face that does not leave marks or bruising can be considered battery because it is an offensive and unwanted contact. In the case discussed above, the prosecution would probably bring assault charges because the woman inflicted physical harm upon her husband.

Prosecutors can charge assault and battery differently depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime. It is ultimately up to the prosecutor to decide which charges to bring. If the husband decides that he does not want his wife to face criminal charges, the prosecution will take that under consideration. However, prosecutors work for the people of Illinois and have a duty to represent the people of Illinois. Just because a victim does not want to proceed in a domestic violence case, does not mean that the State will drop the charges. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you navigate the best outcome possible for your case.

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At Glasgow & Olsson, our award-winning criminal defense lawyers have a proven track record of success in many high-profile state and federal criminal cases. Contact Glasgow & Olsson today to schedule your initial consultation to learn how our legal team can fight for your rights if you have been wrongfully charged with domestic battery.

Defending Against Stalking Charges in Illinois

A local school board member has been embroiled in controversy after a parent pointed out that the school board allowed books in the school that allegedly include sexually explicit material. Many school board meetings have included dozens of angry parents wanting to speak and condemn the school board. One of the mothers whose child brought home a book with sexually explicit material has even started filming the school board members as they walk in and out of the meetings.

In one meeting, school board members left the building, citing concerns about their safety as the parents grew angrier. One of the mothers who regularly attends the meetings and often films the school board members as they leave is surprised when she learns she has been accused of stalking by one of the school board members. She is shocked that a political disagreement with the school board has turned into criminal charges against her. She feels that the board member is trying to intimidate her into silence on an important issue involving her child’s education.

What Constitutes Stalking Under Illinois Law?

Many people assume that stalking always involves some type of domestic dispute. However, stalking charges can arise in business situations and other local situations. Stalking can involve threatening a victim with bodily harm, but it can also involve following another person from place to place without their permission. Depending on the facts in the case, stalking can be charged as a class 4 felony punishable by one to three years in jail and a fine of up to $25,000 by first-time offenders. We will discuss some defenses to stalking charges below.

Lack of Intent

To secure a conviction for stalking, the prosecution must demonstrate that the alleged stalker had an intention of causing harm to the alleged victim. In the scenario above, the prosecutors would have to prove that the mother had the intent to harm the board member. The mother could argue that she did not have the intent to harm the board member but was filming what the board member was doing for the purpose of government transparency.

If the mother had made any threats, this defense would be harder to make. The mother could contend that she was simply filming the board meeting, including before and after the meeting. She did not intend to specifically film all of the comings and goings of a particular board member.

Mistake of Fact

The defendant can argue that a mistake of fact has occurred. The alleged stalker could claim that the incident just happened at the wrong place at the wrong time. The defendant can argue that he or she was not purposefully following around the alleged victim.

Duress or Coercion

The alleged stalker may argue that he or she was forced to stalk or harass the alleged victim. Perhaps someone blackmailed the alleged stalker, saying they would hurt him if he did not stalk the alleged victim.

Contact an Illinois Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

At Glasgow & Olsson, our award-winning criminal defense lawyers have a proven track record of success in many high-profile state and federal criminal cases. Contact Glasgow & Olsson today to schedule your initial consultation to learn how our legal team can fight for your rights if you have been charged with stalking in Illinois.

What to Do if Your Child Has Been Arrested for a TikTok Challenge

A 12-year-old 7th grader has been begging her parents to let her get the TikTok app on her iPhone for the last six months. Her parents have some concerns about TikTok, but they finally allow her to use it herself after months of begging. After all, she is an honor student and has never given them much trouble before. They know they can trust her. The father is shocked when he receives a phone call from the school asking him to come to the principal's office due to vandalism. He knows it cannot have been his daughter! There must be some confusion.

When he shows up to the meeting, he learns that his daughter and two other friends did the “devious licks” challenge on TikTok. During this challenge, young people vandalize their school property and share the results on the TikTok app. His daughter and her friend vandalized the school bathroom by using hammers to shatter the glass and graffiti the walls. He cannot believe that his normally well-behaved daughter is now facing criminal charges for vandalism. His daughter, who was on track to go to college and had a bright future ahead of her, may now have a criminal record because of an app. Unfortunately, he is not the only parent facing fallout from a child being arrested for a TikTok challenge.

Has Your Child Been Caught Doing the Devious Licks Challenge?

Many students in Illinois throughout the country have been required to learn at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most schools have reopened, and things are getting back to normal for Illinois students. Now schools are having to deal with other unique challenges, including the use of a social media app called TikTok. Some schools have begun shutting down their bathrooms to prevent them from being vandalized by the “devious licks” challenge. Even if your child was not the ringleader and merely succumbed to peer pressure, he or she can still face criminal charges for vandalism due to participating in this TikTok challenge.

It is Important to Seek Legal Counsel as Soon as Possible

If your child has been charged with a crime due to a TikTok challenge, you may think that the charge is not as serious because it is a juvenile crime. On the contrary, Illinois has a strict juvenile court system. Even though the juvenile system is focused on rehabilitation, a conviction and time in jail will negatively affect your child’s future.

At Glasgow & Olsson, one of our experienced criminal defense lawyers can help you fight to get your child’s case dismissed or negotiate a favorable plea deal. We can also advocate for leniency or other creative resolutions that will avoid a negative impact on your child. If your child is convicted, we can help you seek an eventual expungement of the charge.

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At Glasgow & Olsson, our award-winning criminal defense lawyers have a proven track record of success in many high-profile state and federal criminal cases. Contact Glasgow & Olsson today to schedule your initial consultation to learn how our legal team can fight for your rights if you or your child have been charged with a crime.