If you pleaded guilty, then I cannot imagine why the case would have been dismissed, even if the complaining witness was absent. Generally, when someone pleads guilty, the defendant or their attorney will "stipulate" to the factual basis of the charge. This is what allows the Court to find that the State has proven your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, without having a trial.
In many, if not most counties in Illinois, if the complaining witness does not appear for a trial, the case is dismissed. Some counties will give the State a second bite at the apple, but not always.
I suppose it is possible (although highly improbable) that for what ever reason the Court ignored your guilty plea, noted the absence of the complaining witness, and dismissed the case.
You should speak with the lawyer who represented you in that case. They will be able to explain the disposition. If you were represented by a public defender and you are unable to get in touch with that attorney, speak with a private lawyer to determine the disposition of the case.
Because of the very serious ramifications of a conviction for domestic violence, I strongly recommend that you talk to an attorney and determine the disposition of your case. A conviction for misdemeanor DV cannot be expunged nor sealed; and it can have a profoundly negative effect on your ability to find employment, rent an apartment, own a fire-arm, and successfully move on with your life.
This is not legal advice and no attorney-client relationship has been established by virtue of this answer.
You need to have an attorney review your case because what you are saying does not make any sense. Most attorneys will review your case for free but you need to contact them. That attorney will also be able to tell you if your case can be expunged.
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