Under Illinois law, it is illegal to kidnap or otherwise confine a person against his or her will. While popular movies and TV shows might take a simplistic view of kidnapping, there are many subtleties to this crime in Illinois. Depending on the circumstances of the offense, the kidnapper can even face serious prison time and steep fines for aggravated kidnapping.
Kidnapping in Illinois
Under 720 ILCS 5/10-1, a person commits kidnapping in Illinois if he or she willingly:
Confines another person in secret against that person’s will;
Uses force or the threat of force to compel another person into confinement; or
Deceives or entices another person into confinement.
720 ILCS 5/10-1 classifies kidnapping as a Class 2 felony. Upon conviction, the potential penalties include three to seven years in prison, $25,000 in criminal fines, and 48 months of probation.
Aggravated Kidnapping in Illinois
Under 720 ILCS [...]