MaIt’s a Man-Eat-Man World Out There…

Local news stories contain a treasure trove of inventive ways to settle arguments. Last weekend, a Chicago man opted for one of the rarer methods: biting off his opponent’s ear.

NBC 30 reports that Chicago resident Richard Vody went over to the victim’s house late Thursday evening. An argument ensued, which ended with Vody biting off the victim’s ear. The police responded to a domestic violence report early Friday morning. The victim was taken to a hospital, but the missing piece of ear was not recovered until police dogs found it close to the victim’s residence sometime Saturday, according to WGNtv. On Monday, Vody was booked and formally charged, after which he took this winning, if incongruent, mug shot.

Vody was charged with aggravated battery and domestic battery, both of which are serious offenses. Vody is out on bail now, but he will need a criminal defense attorney to help him through the trial to come.

In Illinois, as in most states, crimes are divided according to how serious the penalties are. They generally fall into 3 categories (from least to most serious): infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Each of those categories are split into classes, again according to how serious the penalty is. Aggravated battery is considered a class 3 felony in Illinois. This means that Vody could face two to five years in prison for this crime alone.  Which class the domestic battery charge will be under can change depending on the number of times the guilty person has committed the crime. Assuming Vody has no prior domestic battery convictions under his belt, this would be considered a class A misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to a year in prison.

Vody isn’t the only one who will want to see an attorney. Even if Vody does not receive the full penalty associated with the crimes, the victim may well bring a personal injury lawsuit against him for the loss of his ear.  When the results of these trials come out, you can be sure the writers here at Chicago Legal Authority will be all ea….um….we’ll be listening.

Related Resources:

·         Chicago Criminal Defense Law Firms (Chicago Legal Authority)

·         Chicago Personal Injury Law Firms (Chicago Legal Authority)

·         Criminal Law Overview (Chicago Legal Authority)