Examining the Illinois Difference Between Robbery and Aggravated Robbery

Under Illinois law, robbery is a theft crime that involves force or the threat of force. Without the presence of threatened or actual force, it does not qualify as robbery in Illinois. For more serious offenses, the perpetrator could face charges for aggravated robbery instead. To understand the difference between these two criminal offenses, it will be helpful to review important definitions and penalties under Illinois law.

What Qualifies as Robbery in Illinois?

720 ILCS 5/18-1 provides the definition of robbery in Illinois. Under this section, a person commits robbery when he or she:

    Intentionally takes someone else’s property; From the person or presence of the owner; and Using force or the threat of force.

There is an important exception under Section 18-1. It does not qualify as robbery when a person steals a motor vehicle. Illinois has separate laws governing the theft of motor vehicles, which qualifies as either [...]

Burglary vs. Residential Burglary in Illinois

The State of Illinois prohibits any person from stealing property or other valuable items under the general umbrella of theft crimes. Within that umbrella, Illinois also has specific types of theft, including but not limited to burglary and residential burglary.

What is the Illinois Definition of Burglary?

The Illinois definition of burglary appears under 720 ILCS 5/19-1. There are two elements to this offense under Illinois law. To commit burglary a person must:

    Enter or remain in a specific type of structure or vehicle, intentionally and without legal authority; and Have the intent to commit theft or other felony crimes.

720 ILCS 5/19-1 includes the following types of structures and vehicles in the definition of burglary:

    Aircraft; Buildings; House-trailers; Motor vehicles; Railroad cars; or Watercraft.

What are the Illinois Penalties for Burglary?

The Illinois penalties for burglary also appear under 720 ILCS 5/19-1. It is a Class 3 [...]

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 Man Arrested for Armed Robbery on College Campus

Law enforcement arrested an 18-year-old man from Urbana, Illinois for an armed robbery incident that occurred on the University of Illinois campus, according to an article by FOX Illinois.

The incident in question occurred on March 7th near the 100 block of North Gregory Street. That is when this Urbana man allegedly threw a student to the ground at gunpoint. Then this man allegedly extracted money and a phone from the student with the assistance of several accomplices.

Even though a trial in this case will not occur for some time, this seems like an ideal opportunity to review Illinois laws against and penalties for robbery and armed robbery.

Robbery in Illinois

As explained in 720 ILCS 5/18-1, robbery occurs when a perpetrator intentionally steals property from a victim. Robbery must occur directly from the person or in the presence of the victim. And the perpetrator must use [...]