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Sep 24

Bloomington Man Faces Illinois Charges for Aggravated Domestic Battery

Illinois authorities arrested a man from Bloomington and charged him with aggravated domestic battery, according to an article by The Pantagraph

The underlying incident apparently occurred on Saturday, September 12th. That is when the Bloomington man allegedly caused serious physical harm to a family or household member. The victim received medical treatment for physical injuries that included cuts to the face, apparently due to repeated strikes and kicks. 

The alleged perpetrator remained in police custody as of Wednesday, September 16th without bond. After a risk assessment evaluation and a court hearing, the alleged perpetrator may be able to qualify for bond. Either way, his arraignment is scheduled for Friday, September 25th. 

While the alleged perpetrator waits for his arraignment and further proceedings, it seems like an opportune moment to review Illinois laws concerning aggravated domestic battery. 

Definition of Aggravated Domestic Battery

720 ILCS 5/12-3.3 provides the Illinois definition [...]

Sep 18

How Does Illinois Define and Punish Home Invasions?

A home invasion is a violent criminal offense under the Illinois Criminal Code. These offenses typically involve breaking and entering or using false pretenses to cause or attempt to cause physical harm. Any person who commits home invasion in Illinois will face severe consequences, including imprisonment and criminal fines. 

What Qualifies as a Home Invasion in Illinois?

720 ILCS 5/19-6 provides the Illinois laws against home invasion. There are two major requirements for this offense. First, knowing or having a reason to know that people are or will be present, the perpetrator must intentionally:

    Enter the residence of someone else without authorization; Enter the residence of someone else without authorization and remain there; or Represent him or herself falsely as a government agent, utility worker, or similarly positioned individual to gain unauthorized access.

Second, in the course of committing a home invasion, the perpetrator must also:

    Use force or the
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Sep 10

Criminal Sexual Abuse vs. Criminal Sexual Assault in Illinois

The Illinois Criminal Code establishes laws against many sex crimes, including criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault. Although these two criminal offenses share many similarities, there are subtle differences in their legal definitions. Additionally, criminal sexual assault carries a much more severe punishment structure. 

 

Criminal Sexual Abuse

 

The Illinois laws against and penalties for criminal sexual abuse appear at 720 ILCS 5/11-1.50. Under this section, a person commits criminal sexual abuse if they:

    Commit an act of sexual conduct; and Use force or the threat of force; or The victim is unable to understand the act or incapable of providing consent.

Section 11-1.50 also details the punishment for criminal sexual abuse. A first offense is ordinarily punishable as a Class 4 felony. Upon conviction, the perpetrator can face one to three years in prison and up to $25,000 in criminal fines.

 

A second [...]

Sep 4

Bloomington Police Arrest Two for Delivery of Meth

The Bloomington Police Department arrested two Illinois people for the felony crime of meth delivery, according to an article by The Pantagraph

 

According to official statements, the alleged perpetrators are a 38-year-old woman from Normal and a 51-year-old man from Bloomington. Police officers arrested both individuals for an attempted sale of less than five grams of meth. 

 

At this point, both individuals declined to post bail and remain in police custody. Their arraignments are scheduled for September 18th. In the meantime, it seems like a good time to review Illinois laws concerning delivery of meth. 

 

What is the Illinois Definition of Delivery?

 

Illinois law at 720 ILCS 570/102 defines the term delivery. Under this section, delivery refers to the actual or attempted transfer of possession of illegal substances, including meth. It does not matter if the delivery is successful or if any money was exchanged. [...]