You have been charged with child abuse and domestic violence. In Illinois, law enforcement takes these charges seriously. You may have been placed under arrest even if the police saw no sign of injury in your family members.
You may believe that you did nothing to break state law—you may not know how to defend yourself against what you believe to be false charges.
Illinois law may favor the victims in domestic violence or child abuse cases
In the state of Illinois, the statements and accounts of alleged victims of domestic violence and child abuse may be taken more seriously. That is, the statements of your family members may be taken more seriously than your own statements.
The state may have you served with a restraining order, even if you did not become violent against members of your family. You may feel as though you may have no chance of proving your innocence.
Illinois’ “no drop” policy
You may want your family member to drop the charges against you. Even if they also want to drop the charges, Illinois domestic violence laws include a “no-drop” policy. This means that, if your family member changes their story and asks for the charges to be dropped, they will not be dropped.
Child abuse may take several forms
Child abuse does not focus only on physical injuries. Instead, Illinois also focuses on charges of sexual or emotional abuse. The state may also focus on charges of neglect. Neglect takes place as the parents or guardians fall short in providing shelter, food, clothing, supervision or other basics the child needs.