Charging documents indicated that this man attempted to use a fraudulent check at a Commerce Bank branch in Normal, Illinois. The fraudulent check in question was in the amount of $2,300.
At this point, the man in question secured his release from police custody with a $25,000 personal recognizance bond. While this man awaits an arraignment scheduled for October 8, it seems like a proper moment to review the Illinois statutes that govern burglary and forgery offenses.
The Illinois laws against burglary appear at 720 ILCS 5/19-1. Under this section, a person commits burglary if they knowingly and without authority:
- Enter or remain within an aircraft, building, motor vehicle, railroad car, trailer, or watercraft; and
- Demonstrate an intent to commit theft or any felony crime.
Section 19-1 also furnishes the Illinois punishment for burglary crimes. At a minimum, burglary is charged as a Class 3 felony in Illinois. If convicted, the penalties can include imprisonment for 24 to 60 months and criminal fines up to $25,000.
If burglary involves damage to the aircraft, building, motor vehicle, railroad car, trailer, or watercraft in question, then it becomes a Class 2 felony. If convicted, the penalties can include imprisonment for 36 to 84 months and criminal fines up to $25,000.
If a burglary crime occurs at a specific type of location — such as a school, day care center/home, child care facility, or place of worship — it can become a Class 1 felony. If convicted, the penalties can include imprisonment for 48 months to 15 years and criminal fines up to $25,000.
The Illinois laws against forgery appear at 720 ILCS 5/17-3. Under this section, a person commits forgery if they knowingly and with the intent to defraud:
- Make a false document or alter any document to make it false;
- Issues or delivers a false document, knowing the document to be false;
- Possesses a false document with the intent to issue or deliver, knowing the document to be false;
- Utilizes the digital signature of another person unlawfully; or
- Utilizes an electronic signature of another person unlawfully.
Section 17-3 also furnishes the Illinois punishment for forgery crimes. In many circumstances, forgery is charged as a Class 3 felony in Illinois. If convicted, the punishment will mirror the one described for Class 3 felonies above.
If only one Universal Price Code Label is forged, however, this offense becomes a Class 4 felony. If convicted, the penalties can include imprisonment for 24 to 60 months and criminal fines up to $25,000.
If an academic degree or coin is forged, this offense becomes a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, the penalties can include 364 days in jail and criminal fines up to $2,500.
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