Analyzing Three Kinds of Robbery Crimes Under Illinois Law

The Illinois Criminal Code includes prohibitions against many types of theft crimes, including three kinds of robbery. In all respects, robbery must involve the use of force or the imminent threat of force. Though the corresponding penalties fluctuate based on whether the offender committed robbery, aggravated robbery, or armed robbery.

Robbery

720 ILCS 5/18-1 establishes the Illinois laws against and penalties for robbery. Under Illinois law, a person commits robbery if they knowingly take property:

    From the person or presence of the victim; and Using force or the imminent threat of force. 

There is an exception to robbery laws. Section 18-1 does not apply to the theft of motor vehicles. Theft crimes involving motor vehicles are governed by separate sections of the Illinois Criminal Code. 

Under Section 18-1, robbery is typically a Class 2 felony. If convicted for this class of felony, the offender can face [...]

Two Illinois Men Face Separate Charges for Aggravated DUI

In separate incidents, Illinois authorities charged two men from McLean County with aggravated driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, according to an article by The Pantagraph.

The first incident occurred on November 28th in Bloomington. That is when a 58-year-old man from Bloomington allegedly committed his fourth DUI offense. As a result of this incident, the authorities charged the Bloomington man with two counts of aggravated DUI. He remains in custody in lieu of posting bail in the amount of $5,035. 

The second incident occurred on February 9th in McLean. That is when a 39-year-old man from McLean allegedly committed his third DUI offense. charged the McLean man with four counts of aggravated DUI. He remains in custody in lieu of posting bail in the amount of $2,035.

While both of these men await their day in court, it seems appropriate to review Illinois laws [...]

Illinois Man Faces Aggravated Battery Charges in McLean County

A man from Towanda, Illinois, faces criminal charges for battery and aggravated battery in McLean County for two separate incidents, according to an article by The Pantagraph. Both incidents occurred on Saturday, January 25th in Normal. 

For the misdemeanor battery charge, the Illinois man allegedly kicked a victim in the stomach. For the aggravated battery charge, the Illinois main allegedly punched a private security guard. 

At this point, the Illinois man remains in custody as he did not post bail. While he awaits the next developments in his legal case, it seems appropriate to review Illinois laws governing battery and aggravated battery. 

Battery

720 ILCS 5/12-3 establishes the Illinois approach to battery crimes. Under this section, a person commits battery is they knowingly and unlawfully:

    Cause bodily harm or injury to a person; or Make physical contact that is insulting or provocative.

In many circumstances, battery is a Class [...]

Illinois Man Faces Criminal Charges for Cocaine Delivery

Local law enforcement arrested and charged a man from Normal, Illinois, with the criminal offense of cocaine delivery, according to an article by The Pantagraph. On Monday, January 27th, the Illinois man allegedly conducted a transaction to deliver cocaine in Normal. The amount in question was less than one gram of cocaine. Consequently, the authorities charged the Illinois man with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. 

To understand what this means, it will be helpful to review several Illinois legal definitions as well as relevant laws and penalties.

Definitions of Controlled Substance and Delivery

The Illinois definitions for “controlled substance” and “delivery” appear under 720 ILCS 570/102. This section defines a controlled substance as any drug or similar substance that is classified under a schedule.

These schedules divide drugs and similar substances into categories based on their addictiveness and medical use, if any. Cocaine is classified under Schedule [...]