(a) A person commits battery if he or she knowingly without legal justification by any means (1) causes bodily harm to an individual or (2) makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with an individual.
     (b) Sentence.

Terms Used In Illinois Compiled Statutes 720 ILCS 5/12-3

  • individual: shall include every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive at any stage of development. See Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 ILCS 70/1.36
  • misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.

     Battery is a Class A misdemeanor.