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Forcible Detention Charges in Illinois

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The Illinois crime of Forcible Detention is defined by 720 ILCS 5/10-4 as follows:


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(a) A person commits the offense of forcible detention when he holds an individual hostage without lawful authority for the purpose of obtaining performance by a third person of demands made by the person holding the hostage, and

(1) the person holding the hostage is armed with a dangerous weapon as defined in Section 33A-1 of this Code, or

(2) the hostage is known to the person holding him to be a peace officer or a correctional employee engaged in the performance of his official duties.


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(b) Forcible detention is a Class 2 felony under Illinois law.

A person facing a forcible detention charge in Illinois is well advised to exercise their right to remain silent and seek an attorney at once.


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