The Illinois Criminal Code includes specific provisions that prohibit any person from committing burglary or residential burglary. Even though these offenses might sound highly similar, they are categorized and punished separately. Under Illinois law, the potential prison sentence can increase dramatically for burglary offenses committed in another person’s residence.
Illinois law at 720 ILCS 5/19-1 provides the definition of burglary. Under this section, a person commits burglary if they:
Knowingly and without legal authority enters or remains in a building, house-trailer, watercraft, aircraft, motor vehicle, railroad car; and
Demonstrates an intent to commit theft or a felony crime.
Any person who commits burglary in violation of Section 19-1 is guilty of a Class 3 felony. If convicted for this type of felony, the statutory punishment can include a prison sentence between two and five years as well as criminal fines up to $25,000. Probation or conditional discharge [...]