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, [...]