Illinois Authorities Charge Indiana Woman for Defrauding Normal Banks

After allegedly attempting to defraud several banks in Normal, Illinois, an Indiana woman faces criminal charges for theft, burglary, and other crimes, according to an article by The Pantagraph

This incident traces back to January 2020. That is when the Indiana woman apparently used a fake ID and false credit card to receive a $5,000 advance from one bank. The Indiana woman also allegedly requested a $6,500 advance from another branch. 

As a result of this incident, the Indiana woman faces two counts of burglary, one count of theft, and three counts of other crimes. While this woman awaits her day in court, it seems appropriate to review several Illinois laws and penalties. 

Theft Under Illinois Law

720 ILCS 5/16-1 establishes the Illinois laws against and penalties for theft. Under this section, theft occurs when someone knowingly:

    Obtains or exerts control over another person’s property; Utilizes deception

How Does Illinois Differentiate Between Battery and Aggravated Battery?

Unlike assault crimes, Illinois law requires battery offenses to involve physical contact of a harmful, insulting, or provoking nature. Any person who initiates this type of contact can face criminal penalties, including jail time and fines. In more extreme situations, the perpetrator can even face felony charges for aggravated battery.

What is the Illinois Definition of Battery?

720 ILCS 5/12-3 furnishes the Illinois definition of battery. Under this section, a person commits battery if they knowingly and without legal justification:

    Cause physical harm or injury to another person; or Initiate contact of an insulting or provoking nature with another person. 

What is the Illinois Punishment for Battery?

Section 12-3 also explains the Illinois punishment for battery. Under this section, battery is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois. 

If a person is convicted for this class of misdemeanor, they can face a maximum of 12 months in jail and $2,500 [...]

Cocaine Distribution Charges Filed Against Man From Bloomington, Illinois

Illinois authorities filed felony charges against a Bloomington man for distribution of cocaine, according to an article by The Pantagraph

According to official reports, one count involved the distribution of cocaine in an amount between one and 15 grams. The other count involved the distribution of cocaine in an amount of less than one gram.

At this point, the Bloomington man has paid $50,000 to secure a personal recognizance bond. While this man awaits his arraignment on February 19, it seems prudent to review Illinois laws against and penalties for the distribution of cocaine. 

Illinois Laws Against Distribution of Cocaine

As detailed in 720 ILCS 570/401, it is unlawful to manufacture, distribute, or otherwise attempt to transfer possession of controlled substances. In this context, the term controlled substance refers to many illegal drugs, including those classified in Schedule II like cocaine. 

On a related note, it is also [...]

Bloomington Man Arrested for Sexual Assault, Arson, and Domestic Battery

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 [...]