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Nov 9

How Does Illinois Penalize Fake IDs?

Valid ID cards allow government and business actors to verify a person’s name, birth date and other important details. Unfortunately, many people use fake IDs to circumvent laws and regulations, such as minimum age requirements for tobacco or alcohol. To mitigate this risk, the State of Illinois imposes broad-sweeping laws against the use or sale of fake IDs.

Fake ID Laws in Illinois

Under 15 ILCS 335/14B, it is unlawful to knowingly:

    Possess or display a fake ID; Possess or display a fake ID for the purpose of obtaining a banking, financial or retail account; Possess a fake ID with the intent to commit theft, deception or fraud; Possess a fake ID with the intent to commit other crimes with imprisonment sentences; Possess a fake ID while in the unauthorized possession of a device capable of fraud; Possess a fake ID with the intent to obtain another identification document;
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Nov 2

The Manufacture or Delivery of Methamphetamine in Illinois

Recognizing that methamphetamine poses a serious threat to public health and safety, Illinois established the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act. Codified as 720 ILCS 646, this act makes it a felony crime to manufacture or deliver methamphetamine in Illinois.

Manufacture of Methamphetamine

Under 720 ILCS 646/15, it is unlawful to knowingly participate in the manufacture of methamphetamine. In this context, Illinois law defines participation broadly. If a person attempts to produce methamphetamine — even if they are unsuccessful — it is a crime under Illinois law.

The penalties for participating in methamphetamine manufacturing vary based on the amount of illegal drugs produced. For example, participation in methamphetamine manufacturing of:

    Less than 15 grams is a Class 1 felony with an imprisonment term of four to 15 years and criminal fines of $25,000; Between 15 and 100 grams is a Class X felony with an imprisonment term of six
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Oct 26

Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm in Illinois

One very serious weapon crime in Illinois is the aggravated discharge of a firearm. This offense is reserved for careless gun users who discharge their weapons haphazardly at other people. Given the extreme danger of these weapons, the state of Illinois specifically prohibits this type of dangerous firearm use. To understand the boundaries of this offense, the following sections will review the definition of and penalties for aggravated discharge of a firearm in Illinois.

What is the Definition of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm?

The definition of aggravated discharge of a firearm appears in 720 ILCS 5/24-1.2. A person commits this offense if they knowingly and intentionally discharge a firearm at or in the direction of a(n):

    Building that is occupied by a person; Person or a vehicle occupied by a person; Law enforcement officer, firefighter, or similar government agent engaged in the performance of their official duties;
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Oct 19

DUI |

How Does Illinois Define and Penalize Driving Under the Influence?

Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is one of the most common criminal offenses in Illinois. Once a driver loses the ability to operate a vehicle carefully — and thus poses a threat to other people or property — then it may qualify as a DUI offense under Illinois law.

What is the Definition of DUI in Illinois?

Under 625 ILCS 5/11-501, it is unlawful to operate a vehicle in Illinois while intoxicated or impaired and incapable of driving safely. Specifically, it is illegal for a driver to operate any vehicle while under the influence of:

    Alcohol with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 or more; Any intoxicating compound or a combination of intoxicating compounds; Any drug or a combination of drugs; or A combination of alcohol, drugs, or intoxicating compounds.

That being said, Illinois law does carve out an exception for medical marijuana. If a [...]