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Apr 2

Exploring Three Kinds of Fake ID Laws and Penalties in Illinois

In the State of Illinois, fake IDs represent serious criminal offenses. These fraudulent identification cards misrepresent important information, such as a person’s name, age, or similar details. Depending on the nature of the offense, actions involving fake IDs can be charged as misdemeanor or felony offenses. 

Advertising or Promoting Fake IDs

Illinois law at 15 ILCS 335/14B makes it unlawful to advertise or distribute information that promotes the sale, gift, or furnishing of fake IDs. 

Any person who violates this rule is typically charged with a Class A misdemeanor. Upon conviction for this charge, the penalties can include 364 days in jail and $2,500 in criminal fines. 

In addition, the Secretary of State may request a restraining order against the offender to prevent further advertisement or promotion of fake IDs. 

Using or Displaying Fake IDs

Section 14B also makes it illegal to knowingly possess, display, or otherwise use a [...]

Mar 26

How Does Illinois Define and Punish Criminal Sexual Abuse?

In the State of Illinois, there are laws against and penalties for various sex crimes, including criminal sexual abuse. Although this category of offenses bears a certain similarities to sexual assault crimes, criminal sexual abuse has a specific statutory definition and punishment, as the following sections will explain in more detail. 

What are the Illinois Laws Against Criminal Sexual Abuse?

The Illinois laws against criminal sexual abuse appear at 720 ILCS 5/11-1.50. Under this section, criminal sexual abuse occurs when a person:

    Commits an act of sexual conduct through force or violence; Commits an act of sexual conduct through the threat of force or violence; Commits an act of sexual conduct, knowing that the victim is unable to provide consent or understand the nature of the act; Commits an act of sexual conduct or sexual penetration, and the victim is under the age of 17 years old. 

In [...]

Mar 19

Illinois Men Face Robbery and Burglary Charges After Looting Last Summer

Two Illinois men face charges for armed robbery, residential burglary, and other crimes after allegedly participating in looting activities last summer, according to an article by The Pantagraph

This incident allegedly occurred on July 12, 2020 in Normal, Illinois. That is when the two men in question — plus a third, unidentified male — apparently broke into a victim’s home and brandished a handgun. After striking the victim and stealing property, the perpetrators fled the scene. 

As a result of their alleged participation in this incident, the two Illinois men in question face numerous criminal charges. In order to understand the potential criminal consequences at play, it will be necessary to review the Illinois penalties for armed robbery, residential burglary, burglary, and mob action. 

Armed Robbery Penalties in Illinois

Illinois law at 720 ILCS 5/18-2 clarifies the state penalties for armed robbery offenses. Under this section, armed [...]

Mar 12

Analyzing Illinois Laws Against and Punishment for DUI

Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, drugs, or other substances is a criminal offense in the State of Illinois. Any person who commits this offense can face severe criminal punishment, including but not limited to confinement in jail and criminal fines. Furthermore, DUI offenders in Illinois will likely lose their driving privileges for a period of time. To avoid these charges, it is vital to comprehend the precise boundaries of Illinois laws against and punishment for DUI. 

Illinois Laws Against DUI

The Illinois laws against DUI appear at 625 ILCS 5/11-501. Under this section, it is illegal to operate — or be in physical control of — a motor vehicle while:

    Their blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) meets or exceeds 0.08%; Under the influence of alcohol; Under the influence of any intoxicating compound or combination of intoxicating compounds; Under the influence of any drug or combination of drugs; Under the combined
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