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 [...]

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 [...]

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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How Does Illinois Address Kidnapping, Unlawful Restraint, and Forcible Detention?

Under the Illinois Criminal Code, kidnapping is an offense that involves confinement against someone’s will. Also highly similar, the crimes of unlawful restraint and forcible detention are separate offenses from kidnapping. To understand the nuances between these three offenses, it will be helpful to review several Illinois statutes at play. 

What are the Illinois Laws Against and Punishment for Kidnapping?

720 ILCS 5/10-1 establishes the Illinois laws against kidnapping. A person commits kidnapping if they knowingly:

    Confine a victim against their will;  Use force or the threat of force to take a victim to another location, intending to confine them against their will; or Employ deceit or enticement to induce a victim to go to another location, intending to confine them against their will. 

Section 10-1 does create a special consideration involving individuals with profound intellectual disabilities and minor children under the age of 13 years old. In these situations, [...]