Election Misconduct in the Second Degree in Iowa, sometimes informally called voter fraud, is the crime defined by Iowa Code Section 39A.3 as follows:
Illinois Criminal Law
A variety of Illinois election and voting related crimes are defined in 10 ILCS 5 as shown below. These crimes include election misconduct, voter fraud, buying votes, ballot box stuffing, etc.:
The crime of Tampering with a Security, Fire, or Life Safety System in Illinois is defined in 720 ILCS 5/17-11.5 as follows:
The crime of Calculated Criminal Disposal of Hazardous Waste in Illinois is defined by 415 ILCS 5/44 as follows:
The Illinois crime of is defined by 415 ILCS 5/44 as follows:
The crime of Obstructing Gas, Water, or Electric Current Meters in Illinois is defined in 720 ILCS 5/17-20 as follows:
The crime of Subornation of Perjury in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/32-3 as follows:
Perjury is the crime that a person can be charged with for lying under oath in Illinois. The crime of Perjury in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/32-2 as follows:
The crime of Criminal Disposal of Hazardous Waste in Illinois is defined by 415 ILCS 5/44 as follows:
The crime of Bringing Contraband into a Penal Institution in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/31A-1.1 as follows:
Many of the people in Illinois who face a criminal or traffic charge are from out of state. Indeed, it is easy for a visit to relatives or a vacation in Illinois to result in a traffic ticket or a more serious charge. For such individuals, it is of great importance to handle the case properly.
The crime of Commercial Bribery in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/29A-1 and 720 ILCS 5/29A-2 as follows:
The crime of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Street Gang Member in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/24-1.8 as follows: (a) A person commits unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member when he or she knowingly: (1) possesses, carries, or conceals on or about his or her person a firearm and firearm ammunition while on any street, road, alley, gangway, sidewalk, or any other lands, except when inside his or her own abode or inside his … Continued
The crime of Defacing Identification Marks of Firearms in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/24-5 as follows:
The crime of Possession of a Stolen Firearm in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/24-3.8 as follows:
The crime of Gunrunning in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/24-3A as follows: (a) A person commits gunrunning when he or she transfers 3 or more firearms in violation of any of the paragraphs of Section 24-3 of this Code. (b) Sentence. A person who commits gunrunning: (1) is guilty of a Class 1 felony; (2) is guilty of a Class X felony for which the sentence shall be a term of imprisonment of not less than 8 years and … Continued
The Illinois crime of Armed Habitual Criminal is defined by 720 ILCS 5/24-1.7 as follows:
The crime of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/24-1.2 as follows:
The Illinois crime of Falsely Making a Terrorist Threat is defined in 720 ILCS 5/29D-25 as follows:
The crime of Making a Terrorist Threat under Illinois law is defined in 720 ILCS 5/29D-20 as follows:
The crime of Child Abandonment in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/12C-10 as follows:
The Illinois crime of Endangering the Life or Health of a Child is defined in 720 ILCS 5/12C-5 as follows:
In Illinois, multiple defendants can be charged with the same or similar crimes in the same charging document, the information or indictment. A criminal defendant or the State may want to file a motion to sever the co-defendants if prejudiced by the joinder of the co-defendants.
In Illinois, possession, deliver, and manufacture of methamphetamine is illegal and are punished rather harshly. The punishments vary according to the amount of methamphetamine involved. Knowing possession of methamphetamine without
The Drug Court Treatment Act was authorized to reduce the incidence of drug use, drug addiction, and crimes committed as a result of drug use and drug addiction in the State of Illinois. Pursuant to the Act, each judicial circuit within the State of Illinois must establish a drug court program. A Defendant may attend drug court as an alternative to a term of imprisonment.
In Illinois it is a crime to possess, deliver, manufacture, and traffic heroin. The Illinois Controlled Substances Act details the guidelines and penalties that Illinois courts follow in sentencing individuals under the Act.
The crimes of Credit Card Fraud and Debit Card Fraud in Illinois are actually multiple separate crimes that apply in various circumstances where a person is accused of certain actions concerning a credit card or debit card. This article discusses those various criminal charges under Illinois law.
Under Illinois law, a failure to maintain residential real estate can result in misdemeanor or even felony charges, under the crimes of Criminal Housing Management and Aggravated Criminal Housing Management, as set forth in 720 ILCS 5/12-5.1 and 720 ILCS 5/12-5.1a:
The crime of Vehicular endangerment in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/12-5.02 as follows:
Illinois law makes it the separate crime of unlawful use of body armor for a person to wear body armor while committing another crime. This law can be seen in 720 ILCS 5/33F-2, which provides as follows:
In the state of Illinois, gambling is generally a crime unless it is done in a way that has been legalized, such as the Illinois Lottery or at a licensed casino. The crime of gambling is defined by 720 ILCS 5/28-1 follows:
The crime of Deceptive Practices through the writing of bad checks in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/17-1 (B) as follows:
The crime of Retail Theft (often informally called Shoplifting) in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/16-25 as the crime a person commits under any of the following circumstances:
The crimes of Bigamy and Marrying a Bigamist in Illinois are defined by 720 ILCS 5/11-45 as follows:
The crimes of computer tampering and aggravated computer tampering in Illinois are defined by 720 ILCS 5/17-51 and 720 ILCS 5/17-52 as follows:
The crime of Computer Fraud in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/17-50 as follows:
Postconviction relief proceedings in Illinois are governed by 725 ILCS 5/122. Postconviction relief proceedings are civil actions attacking a criminal conviction and/or sentencing. Typically, postconviction relief actions are initiated after the criminal defendant’s direct appeals have been exhausted
The crime of Armed Violence in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/33A et seq. It is a serious felony in charge in Illinois that can carry decades in prison for those who are convicted. Contrary to the common-sense reading of the name of charge, a person need not commit any act of violence to be charged with armed violence in Illinois.
The crime of Disorderly Conduct in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/26-1 is follows:
If a criminal defendant has allegedly violated his or her probation in Illinois, the court can issue a notice or a summons to the defendant to be present for a hearing or order a warrant for the defendant’s arrest if the defendant is a flight risk, causes serious harm to others, or
In Illinois, the crime of hazing is defined by 720 ILCS 5/12C-50 as follows:
The crime of intimidation in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/12-6 as is shown below:
The crime of Sexual Exploitation of a Child in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/11-9.1: (a) A person commits sexual exploitation of a child if in the presence or virtual presence, or both, of a child and with knowledge that a child or one whom he or she believes to be a child would view his or her acts, that person: (1) engages in a sexual act; or (2) exposes his or her sex organs, anus or breast for the … Continued
The crime of child pornography in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/11-20.1 as follows:
The crime of conspiracy in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/8-2 as follows:
The crime of harboring a runaway in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/10-6 as follows:
The crime of Unlawful Visitation or Parenting Time Interference in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/10-5.5 as follows:
The Illinois crime of Forcible Detention is defined by 720 ILCS 5/10-4 as follows:
The crimes of Unlawful Restraint and Aggravated Unlawful Restraint in Illinois are defined by 720 ILCS 5/10-3 and 720 ILCS 5/10-3.1 as follows:
Kidnapping in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/10-1, while the crime of aggravated kidnapping (a more serious form of kidnapping) is defined by 720 ILCS 5/10-2
The right to a speedy trial is guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Illinois Constitution. Illinois also has codified the speedy trial guarantee in a statute—725 ILCS 5/103-5. Illinois has two speedy trial rights, depending on whether the defendant is
The crime of mob action in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/25-1 as follows.
An individual who is charged with Arson in Illinois faces severe penalties. Arson is the intentional act of setting fire to real or personal property. There are three different types of Arson in Illinois, and each type carries with it a different penalty
The crimes of Contributing to the Delinquency or Criminal Delinquency of a Minor Charges in Illinois are defined by 720 ILCS 5/12C-30 as follows. Depending upon the facts, these serious charges can result in a lengthy jail or prison term.
Illinois law makes certain actions a Hate Crime, under 720 ILCS 5/12-7.1:
The crimes of Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Homicide are defined in Illinois by 720 ILCS 5/9-3 as crimes committed when a person is killed under certain circumstances that do not constitute an intentional killing
The crime of Murder in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/9-1 as the crime a person commits by killing another person under certain circumstances.
In Illinois, the crime of resisting arrest is defined by 720 ILCS 5/31-1 as the crime committed under the following circumstances:
The crime of criminal damage to property is defined in Illinois by 720 ILCS 5/21-1 as follows. Criminal damage to property is commonly thought of as “vandalism” but can also cover other offenses in Illinois.
The crime of Criminal Trespass to Real Property in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/21-3 as follows:
The crime of Criminal Trespass to Vehicles is defined by 720 ILCS 5/21-2 as the crime a person commits when he or she knowingly and without authority enters any part of or operates any vehicle, aircraft, watercraft or snowmobile.
In Illinois, an individual has the right to appeal a criminal conviction. If an individual was found guilty either by a jury or at a bench trial, they may appeal their conviction and sentence
Illinois law defines the crime of Heinous Battery in 720 ILCS 5/12-4.1 as the crime a
In Illinois, the crime of home invasion is defined by 720 ILCS 5/19-6 as the crime a person commits when without authority he or she knowingly enters the dwelling
In Illinois, 720 ILCS 5/24-1.1 makes it a crime for a person who has been convicted of a felony in Illinois or another state to possess a firearm or ammunition:
Illinois law requires a sentencing judge in a criminal case to consider a series of factors when determining a sentence to impose upon a defendant who has been convicted of a crime. There are factors in aggravation, which suggest a harsher sentence, and factors in mitigation, which suggest a lighter sentence. Those factors and additional guidance as to sentencing are
In the state of Illinois, the Controlled Substance Act (720 ILCS 570/200, et seq) prohibits possession of cocaine. Under Illinois law, possession of cocaine is treated very seriously and is always a felony charge. That differs from many states, which have a misdemeanor charge when a small amount of cocaine is possessed for personal use.
In the state of Illinois, it is a crime to possess drug paraphernalia. 720 ILCS 600/3.5 defines the crime of drug paraphernalia possession as the crime
In Illinois, a person who violates a protective order can be prosecuted with a misdemeanor or felony charge. The crime of violation of a protective order in Illinois is defined in 720 ILCS 5/12-3.4 as
Illinois law provides for 3 classes of misdemeanors, each of which carries a different possible sentence. This article addresses those Illinois misdemeanor sentences.
Felonies in the state of Illinois come in several different classes, each which has a different range of prison terms and other penalties. This article discusses those felony classes and punishments in Illinois.
Illinois law (720 ILCS 5/17-3) defines forgery as the crime committed when a person does any of the following actions:
The crime of domestic battery is defined by 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2 as the crime a person commits when he or she knowingly without legal justification by any means causes bodily
In Illinois, an individual may request an expungement to clear certain charges from their criminal record. Only certain charges are eligible for expungement, and it is best to first determine if the charge is eligible before
In the state of Illinois, there is no specific charge of “shoplifting” which means that a person accused of shoplifting is often charged with Theft under
The Illinois crime of Residential Burglary (often abbreviated as Res Burg) is defined by 720 ILCS 5/19-3 as the crime a person commits when he or she knowingly and without authority enters or knowingly and without authority remains within the dwelling place of another
In Illinois, burglary is defined by 720 ILCS 5/19-1 as the crime a person commits when without authority he or she knowingly enters or without authority remains within a building, housetrailer, watercraft, aircraft, motor vehicle, railroad car, or any part thereof, with intent to commit therein a felony or theft
Robbery charges in Illinois are defined in a few different ways, which the crimes of Robbery, Aggravated Robbery, and Armed Robbery. All three types of robber in Illinois are
In Illinois, the crime of theft is defined in 720 ILCS 5/16-1 as the crime a person commits when they
Under Illinois law, a person charged with a crime has the right to have a judge removed from their case under certain conditions. That right to substitute a judge is an important
In Illinois, those charged with criminal offenses (which range from speeding tickets to misdemeanors and felonies) have a court appearance called an Arraignment. The Arraignment happens at the beginning of the case, often the first or second
In an Illinois criminal felony case, the Defendant has a right to a preliminary hearing. The preliminary hearing is a court date at which the prosecution has the burden
The Illinois law concerning sex offender registration is one of the more complex ones in the country. Illinois also imposes serious penalties for those who are convicted of failure to register. For that reason, any person who
In Illinois, it is a crime to promote prostitution. The Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) defines the crime of promoting prostitution as follows in 720 ILCS 5/11-14.3:
Solicitation of a sexual act is prohibited by 720 ILCS 5/11-14.1 in Illinois. The Illinois Compiled Statutes defines Solicitation of a sexual act as the crime committed by any
In the state of Illinois, prostitution is prohibited by 720 ILCS 5/11-14. Prostitution is defined by Illinois law as a crime committed when a person who knowingly performs, offers or agrees to perform any act of
Earlier this year, I had the honor of representing a woman named Judy, who used her gun to defend herself, her sister, and her sister-in-law after they were violently attacked in a parking lot in Rock Island County, Illinois. Much to her surprise, Judy was charged in Case Number 2010CF1076 in Rock Island County, Illinois, after telling the police about the attack she suffered. After a variety of motion hearings, we proceeded to a jury trial on February 7, 2012. … Continued
In 1961, the State of Illinois revamped it criminal laws, eliminating the crime of “rape.” In place of “rape,” a variety of new crimes were created, including “criminal sexual assault.” Under Illinois law (720 ILCS 5/12‑13) the crime of criminal sexual assault is committed when a person does any of the
In Illinois, the crime of battery is defined by
In the State of Illinois, it is a crime for a person to use another person’s identification to obtain goods,
In the State of Illinois, the crime of Assault is defined by law (720 ILCS 5/12 et seq.) to be conduct that “without lawful authority . . . places another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery
In Illinois, the legal term for Marijuana is “Cannabis,” rather than “Marijuana,” “weed,” “grass,” “ganja,” etc. Possession of Cannabis is a serious crime in Illinois, and anyone charged