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Articles on Domestic Violence

Domestic battery penalties increased for prior domestic violence offenders ; P.A. 91-112

October
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 521
Prior to Public Act 91-112, any first-time offense of domestic battery was a Class A misdemeanor, unless the offender previously violated an order of protection.

Illinois enacts laws to further deter and combat domestic battery

October
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 521
Three pieces of legislation signed in July and August by Governor George Ryan are intended to further deter and combat domestic battery.

Offense of aggravated domestic battery created; P.A. 91-445

October
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 521
Public Act 91-445 amends the Illinois Criminal Code of 1961, 720 ILCS 5/1-1 et seq., to create the offense of aggravated domestic battery.

Correspondence from Our Readers

May
1999
Column
Page 234
Single-subject rule: falling on the sword of Damocles?

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
March
1999
Column
Page 126
The "Frye plus reliability'' standard.

Insurance Company Policyholder Decisions Cannot Depend Solely on Domestic Violence Injuries; PA 90-700

January
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 13
In determining policyholder ``rating, underwriting, or claims handling'' decisions, insurance companies cannot solely consider the fact of domestic violence injuries.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
December
1998
Column
Page 658
RICO and privacy and fraud (and family law), oh my!

Prior Order of Protection Violators Subject to Increased Domestic Battery Penalties; P.A. 90-734

December
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 662
According to Public Act 90-734, domestic battery committed by a defendant with a prior conviction for violating an order of protection is a Class 4 felony.

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