There are some significant differences between kidnapping and aggravated kidnapping in Illinois. The following sections will outline key definitions and penalties for both of these kidnapping offenses.
Definition of Kidnapping in Illinois
As detailed in 720 ILCS 5/10-1, it is unlawful to knowingly imprison or otherwise detain another person without legal justification. Illinois law includes force, threat of force, and deception as possible ways in which a perpetrator can kidnap a victim. If the perpetrator acts against the victim’s free will, then it can qualify as kidnapping in Illinois.
Penalties for Kidnapping in Illinois
Kidnapping is generally a Class 2 felony in Illinois. The penalties for a Class 2 felony include but are not necessarily limited to:
Sentence Range of three to seven years;
Extended Term of seven to 14 years;
Fines up to $25,000;
Mandatory Supervised Release Term of two years; and
Probation or Conditional Discharge for up