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Vehicular Endangerment Charges in Illinois

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The crime of Vehicular endangerment in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/12-5.02 as follows:


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(a) A person commits vehicular endangerment when he or she strikes a motor vehicle by causing an object to fall from an overpass in the direction of a moving motor vehicle with the intent to strike a motor vehicle while it is traveling upon a highway in this State.

(b) Sentence. Vehicular endangerment is a Class 2 felony, unless death results, in which case vehicular endangerment is a Class 1 felony.

(c) Definitions. For purposes of this Section:
“Object” means any object or substance that by its size, weight, or consistency is likely to cause great bodily harm to any occupant of a motor vehicle.
“Overpass” means any structure that passes over a highway.
“Motor vehicle” and “highway” have the meanings as defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code.


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Vehicular Endangerment in Illinois is a Class 2 felony in most cases, meaning the maximum penalty is a prison sentence of at least 3 years but not more than 7 years. In cases where a death results, Vehicular Endangerment in Illinois is a Class 1 felony, which carries a prison term of at least 4 years to as much as 15 years.

As is obviously from the felony nature of the charges, Vehicular Endangerment is a serious crime under Illinois law, rather than just a childish prank. Those facing a Vehicular Endangerment charge are wise to exercise their right to remain silent and seek an attorney at once.


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