- Published: 13 February 2013
Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) introduced new legislation making a change to the “aggravated battery” statute in Illinois criminal law by providing that aggravated battery that causes permanent disability or disfigurement is increased to a Class 2 (rather than a Class 3) felony.
A Class 2 felony can result in three to seven years in prison and fines up to $25,000 while Class 3 felonies carry a prison sentence of only two to five years and fines up to $25,000.
There have been a number of reports of violent aggravated attacks in and around Chicago in the last few years. Under current law, a person who gets in a fight in a public place is subject to the same charge as an offender who permanently disfigures or disables another individual.Senator Mulroe feels that defendants should be more appropriately punished for causing life-long injuries to victims.
“The punishment should fit the crime,” Sen. Mulroe said. “The punishment should not be the same for a couple of guys who get in a fight after a football game on the street and a person who causes a lifelong injury or deformities to another individual.”
The bill also states that if a vehicle is used in the commission of an aggravated battery that causes permanent disability or disfigurement, the vehicle may be seized. The legislation also forbids persons found guilty of aggravated battery involving a vehicle from receiving a school bus driver permit and mandates that the Metropolitan Transit Authority Act add this crime to the list for which they investigate prior to hiring drivers.