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Nov 4

Delivery of Cannabis on School Grounds Under Illinois Law

Delivery of cannabis on school grounds is an enhanced version of the Illinois laws against cannabis delivery in general. As a reminder, 720 ILCS 550/5 makes it unlawful for any person to deliver or manufacture cannabis outside of lawful exceptions. This section also makes it illegal to possess cannabis with the intent to deliver or manufacture it. 

If a cannabis delivery crime occurs on school grounds, the penalties become more severe. Though as explained in more detail below, specific conditions determine whether or not a delivery crime occurred on school grounds. 

Illinois Laws Against Delivery of Cannabis on School Grounds

The Illinois laws against the delivery of cannabis on school grounds appear at 720 ILCS 550/5.2. There are two elements to this offense.

The first element requires a perpetrator to deliver/manufacture cannabis or possess cannabis with intent to deliver/manufacture:

    In any school; On the real property comprising any school;
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Oct 28

Bloomington Police Search for Carjacking Suspects

Local police are searching for suspects involved in an attempted vehicular hijacking offense that occurred in Bloomington, Illinois, according to an article by The Pantagraph.  

This attempted crime occurred on Sunday, October 23, at a grocery store. The victim called the police when four individuals allegedly tried to steal the victim’s vehicle. The crime was ultimately unsuccessful, without resulting in any injuries either. 

At this juncture, police continue to search for suspects in this vehicular hijacking case. In the meantime, it seems like a proper occasion to review the Illinois laws against and penalties for standard and aggravated vehicular hijacking offenses. 

Vehicular Hijacking

720 ILCS 5/18-3 details the Illinois laws against vehicular hijacking. This section makes it unlawful to knowingly:

    Take a motor vehicle from the person or immediate presence of someone else, and Use force or the threat of imminent force to complete the offense. 

Section 18-3 also [...]

Oct 21

DUI |

How Does Illinois Define and Penalize DUI?

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most serious offenses under the Illinois Vehicle Code. This offense applies criminal charges to any person who operates or controls a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other substances. Furthermore, Illinois imposes strict penalties for this type of violation. 

How Does Illinois Define DUI?

The Illinois definition of DUI appears under 625 ILCS 5/11-501. This section prohibits any person from driving or being in physical control of any vehicle:

    With a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more; While under the influence of alcohol; While under the influence of any intoxicating compound or a combination of intoxicating compounds; While under the influence of any other drug or a combination of drugs; While under the combined influence of alcohol, other drugs, or intoxicating compounds; With any amount of a drug, substance, or compound resulting from the use or
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Oct 14

Illinois Woman Forgery and Burglary Charges for Using Fake Money

A woman from Champaign, Illinois, faces forgery and burglary charges after allegedly trying to use fake money at a store, according to an article by The Pantagraph.  

Reports indicate that the Illinois woman entered a retail store in Normal on Wednesday, September 21. The woman allegedly tried to pay for goods with a fake $100 bill and demonstrated an intent to commit felony forgery. 

As a result of this incident, the authorities charged the Illinois woman with the Class 3 felony version of forgery and the Class 2 felony version of burglary. While this matter plays out, it seems appropriate to review several Illinois statutes. 

Forgery Laws and Penalties in Illinois

The Illinois laws against forgery appear under 720 ILCS 5/17-3. This section makes it illegal to knowingly and with intent to defraud:

    Make any false document or alter any document to make it false; Issue or deliver
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