What Qualifies as Forgery in Illinois?

From an overarching standpoint, forgery involves the creation of a fake document or the alteration of an existing document. For example, some minors possess forged identification cards to illegally purchase alcohol. Some scammers send forged emails pretending to be a legitimate institution, such as a bank or government agency.

Regardless of the type of forged document, the intent often remains the same. These fake documents exist to misrepresent important facts or details and defraud other parties. To deter this type of behavior, Illinois employs strict laws against and severe penalties for committing forgery offenses.

How is Forgery Defined in Illinois?

720 ILCS 5/17-3 defines the crime of forgery in Illinois. Under this section, forgery occurs when a person:

    Creates a fake document or alters any existing document, with intent to use the document to defraud another party; Issues or delivers a fake document, with knowledge that the document is forged;
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Illinois Governor Pushes to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Governor J.B. Pritzker is pushing hard to legalize marijuana for recreational use across Illinois, according to an article by The Pantagraph. With solid backing in the state legislature, the governor intends to have a program for recreational marijuana in place by next year.

Under the governor’s plan, any person over the age of 21 would be allowed to purchase, possess, and use marijuana recreationally. Residents of Illinois would be able to purchase and possess one ounce of marijuana. Non-residents would be limited to one half ounce of marijuana. The new legislation would overturn certain convictions and expunge the offender’s criminal record.

If this legislation plan succeeds, recreational use of marijuana would become legal in Illinois on January, 1, 2020. At that point, Illinois would join the other 10 states with recreational marijuana, including California, Washington, and Michigan.

That being said, it will take a little longer for the state [...]

How Does Illinois Punish Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm?

The State of Illinois has many laws against the use of dangerous weapons, such as knives, clubs, and firearms. Due to the inherent risks associated with the use of firearms, specifically, there are additional restrictions and penalties under Illinois law, including aggravated discharge of a firearm.

How Does Illinois Define Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm?

The Illinois definition of aggravated discharge of a firearm appears in 720 ILCS 5/24-1.2. This crime only applies in specific situations and under limited circumstances — when a person intentionally discharges a firearm:

    At or into a building with knowledge that there are people inside; In the direction of a person or a vehicle with a person inside; In the direction of a law enforcement officer in the performance of official duties; In the direction of a vehicle carrying a law enforcement officer in the performance of official duties; In the direction
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What are Illinois Laws Against Home Invasion?

A home invasion under Illinois law is a highly specific type of criminal offense. Unlike the more general crime of breaking and entering, a home invasion also deals with the use of force or threats of force. If there is no one present who sustains physical harm during the offense, it does not normally qualify as a home invasion under Illinois law.

Illinois Definition of Home Invasion

The Illinois definition of a home invasion appears in 720 ILCS 5/19-6. Under this section, it is unlawful to knowingly enter another person’s residence or dwelling without permission or authorization.

The crime of home invasion only applies if the offender knows — or has a reason to know — that people are present in the residence or dwelling. Additionally, the criminal offender must also:

    Use force or the threat of force while armed with a dangerous weapon; Cause physical injury to a
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