Dec 25

Law enforcement arrested a Bloomington man for criminal sexual assault, arson, and domestic battery, according to an article by The Pantagraph.

Allegedly, this Bloomington man committed sexual assault against a female victim. Then he attempted to light the residence on fire and prevented the victim from leaving the premises. This man also allegedly battered the victim during an earlier incident. 

While this Bloomington man awaits his arraignment on January 15, it seems like a suitable occasion to review several Illinois laws and penalties at play in this situation. 

Domestic Battery

The Illinois laws against domestic battery appear at 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2. Under this section, it is unlawful to knowingly and without legal justification:

  • Inflict physical harm to a family or household member; or
  • Initiate insulting or provoking contact with a family or household member.

Any person who commits domestic battery in violation of Section 12-3.2 is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, the statutory punishment includes a maximum jail sentence of 364 days and criminal fines up to $2,500.

Arson

The Illinois laws against arson appear at 720 ILCS 5/20-1. Under this section, it is unlawful to knowingly use fire or explosives to:

  • Damage the property of another person without consent; or
  • Damage any property with the intent to defraud an insurer.

Any person who commits arson in violation of Section 20-1 is guilty of a Class 2 felony. If convicted, the statutory punishment includes a prison sentence between three and seven years as well as criminal fines up to $25,000. 

Criminal Sexual Assault

The Illinois laws against criminal sexual assault appear at 720 ILCS 5/11-1.20. Under this section, it is unlawful to commit an act of sexual penetration and:

  • Utilize force, or the threat of force, to complete the act; 
  • Know that the victim is unable to understand the act or provide valid consent;
  • Be a family member of the victim, who is under 18 years old; or
  • Hold a position of authority of the victim, who is between 13 and 18 years old.

Any person who commits criminal sexual assault in violation of Section 11-1.20 is guilty of a Class 1 felony. If convicted, the statutory punishment includes a prison sentence between four and 15 years as well as criminal fines up to $25,000. 

Do You Need Legal Help?

No matter what the criminal offense, all charges are serious. A sound strategy and an aggressive defense are essential for a positive outcome. To protect your rights in such situations, it is highly advisable to retain legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The Prior Law Firm in Bloomington, Illinois, has proven experience in matters of criminal defense. If you need legal help with criminal defense, contact us today for a free consultation. You can reach The Prior Law Firm by phone at (309) 827-4300, email at johnprior@thepriorlawfirm.com or by completing an online form.