Jul 22

Comparing Standard and Aggravated Robbery in Illinois

Robbery is a theft crime under Illinois law. But unlike many other forms of theft, robbery requires the use or threat of force. In addition, Illinois features an aggravated version of robbery with heightened penalties. But aggravated robbery only applies to specific offenses that involve possession of a weapon or delivery of a controlled substance. 

Robbery Laws in Illinois

The Illinois laws against robbery appear under 720 ILCS 5/18-1. This section makes it unlawful to knowingly:

    Take property from the person or presence of a victim; and Utilize force or the threat of imminent force to complete the offense. 

There is an important exception to Section 18-1. This section does not apply to robbery offenses involving motor vehicles. Illinois has separate laws against and penalties for the robbery of motor vehicles, referred to legally as vehicular hijacking. 

Robbery Penalties in Illinois

Section 18-1 also explains the Illinois penalties for [...]

Jul 15


Illinois Man Faces Aggravated DUI Charges in McLean County

After allegedly crashing a truck on Interstate 55, an Illinois man faces aggravated DUI charges in McLean County, according to an article by The Pantagraph.

Reports indicate that police officers responded to the scene of an accident on July 9. Allegedly, the Illinois man crashed on the interstate. The police officers who responded detected the smell of alcohol and signs of intoxication. But the Illinois man refused to provide blood, breath, or urine samples for chemical testing. 

As a result of this incident, the Illinois man faces one count of aggravated DUI and several counts of obstruction of justice. If the DUI charge holds up in court, it represents the third such charge in Illinois. Though apparently, this man also faced DUI charges in Maine from 2012 to 2017. 

At this juncture, the Illinois man remains in police custody on a $10,000 bond with an arraignment scheduled for August [...]

Jul 8

How Does Illinois Define and Penalize Home Invasion?

Home invasion is a multifaceted offense under the Illinois Criminal Code. Mirroring aspects of burglary crimes, home invasion typically involves use of force or the threat of force as well as entering another person’s residence. Given the severity and potential for harm associated with this offense, home invasion is one of the most serious felony crimes in Illinois. 

How Does Illinois Define Home Invasion?

The Illinois definition of home invasion appears under 720 ILCS 5/19-6. There are two elements to this offense under Illinois law. 

The first element of home invasion requires the perpetrator to knowingly:

    Enter the residence of another person, knowing or having a reason to know that people are present; Enter another person’s residence and remain there until knowing or having a reason to know that people are present; or Gain access to another person’s residence through false representation, knowing or having a reason to know
Jul 1

Bloomington Police Arrest Chicago Man for Three Felony Weapon Crimes

Bloomington authorities charged a man from Chicago with three felony weapon crimes, including aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, according to an article by The Pantagraph

This incident occurred on Friday, June 17 at approximately 10 p.m. That is when Bloomington police executed a traffic stop for a potential violation. The Chicago man was allegedly driving the vehicle on a suspended license. So the police arrested the Chicago man and searched the vehicle. During this search, police discovered a handgun in the trunk. This handgun was fully loaded and recently reported stolen. 

As a result of this incident, local authorities charged the Chicago man with:

    Possession of a stolen firearm; Unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon; and Aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

At this juncture, the Chicago man declined to post bail and remains in police custody at the McLean County Jail. To understand the [...]