Oct 15

Illinois Authorities Charge California Man With Cannabis Trafficking

A California man faces criminal charges for cannabis trafficking after bringing approximately 86 pounds of cannabis into Illinois, according to an article by The Pantagraph. This man also faces criminal charges for possession of cannabis with intent to deliver. 

This incident stems from a traffic stop in McLean County on Thursday, October 7. When police pulled over the California man near Interstate 55, they also discovered cannabis that was divided into individual packages weighing about one pound each. 

Prosecutors stated that the 86 pounds of cannabis in question had a street value of $170,000 to $430,000, depending on certain factors. The California man allegedly grew the cannabis with the intent of delivering it to Ohio for eventual sale. 

As a result of this incident, the California man faces Illinois charges for cannabis trafficking and possession with intent to deliver. In light of these charges, it seems like a proper [...]

Oct 6

Domestic Battery Charges Filed Against Bloomington, Illinois Woman

Local authorities filed charges of domestic battery against a woman from Bloomington, Illinois, according to an article by The Pantagraph

Reports indicate that police officers saw the Illinois woman shove a victim in the back, causing that victim to fall to the ground. Apparently, this woman faces charges for felony domestic battery as a repeat offender. 

At this point, the Illinois woman remains in police custody after declining to post bail. This woman is already subject to a no contact order, and further legal proceedings are expected. 

While this case continues to develop, it seems appropriate to review Illinois laws against and penalties for domestic battery, including the definition of a family or household member.

Illinois Definition of Family or Household Member

The Illinois definition of a family or household member appears under 720 ILCS 5/12-0.1. This section defines a family or household member as a person’s:

Oct 1

How Does Illinois Define and Punish Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault?

Criminal sexual assault is an Illinois crime that involves sexual penetration and, in many cases, the use or threat of force. In addition to the standard version of this offense, Illinois law also provides for aggravated criminal sexual assault. As explained in more detail below, the presence of certain aggravating factors can dramatically increase the penalties for criminal sexual assault in Illinois. 

What is the Illinois Definition of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault?

720 ILCS 5/11-1.30 establishes the Illinois definition of aggravated criminal sexual assault. Under this law, the aggravated version of this offense applies when a person commits criminal sexual assault and also:

    Displays, uses, or threatens to use any dangerous weapon or similar object that reasonably appears to be a dangerous weapon; Inflicts bodily harm to the victim; Threatens or endangers the life any person; Commits or attempts to commit a separate felony crime; Commits the offense against
Sep 24

Illinois Burglary and Forgery Charges Levied Against Man in McLean County

Local authorities in McLean County charged a man with burglary and forgery after allegedly tendering a fraudulent check, according to an article by The Pantagraph.

Charging documents indicated that this man attempted to use a fraudulent check at a Commerce Bank branch in Normal, Illinois. The fraudulent check in question was in the amount of $2,300.

At this point, the man in question secured his release from police custody with a $25,000 personal recognizance bond. While this man awaits an arraignment scheduled for October 8, it seems like a proper moment to review the Illinois statutes that govern burglary and forgery offenses. 


The Illinois laws against burglary appear at 720 ILCS 5/19-1. Under this section, a person commits burglary if they knowingly and without authority:

    Enter or remain within an aircraft, building, motor vehicle, railroad car, trailer, or watercraft; and Demonstrate an intent to commit theft or