Under Illinois law, domestic battery / violence is a Class A misdemeanor which can carry a prison sentence for up to one year. A second conviction of Domestic Battery is a Class Four felony which carries a prison sentence from 1 to 3 years. Aggravating factors can lengthen the time from there. Here is the sentencing chart link. http://www.thelegaldefenders.com/2005PenaltiesF... Domestic Battery / Violence is serious because: 1) You can be sentenced to jail. 2) A conviction becomes a permanent public record and can only be cleared by a Governor's pardon. 3) Employers, credit agencies and landlords can view your criminal record. 4) A conviction for Domestic Battery / Violence cannot be expunged or sealed. Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details.