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ILLINOIS
CRIMINAL OFFENSES

Last update: 2011-11-09


  • Criminal Code
    • Criminal Code of 1961.
      • Title I. General Provisions
        • Article 1. Title and Construction of Act State Jurisdiction
        • Article 2. General Definitions
        • Article 3. Rights of Defendant
      • Title II. Principles of Criminal Liability
        • Article 4. Criminal Act and Mental State
        • Article 5. Parties to Crime
        • Article 6. Responsibility
        • Article 7. Justifiable Use of Force; Exoneration
      • Title III. Specific Offenses
        • Part A. Inchoate Offenses
          • Article 8. Solicitation, Conspiracy and Attempt
        • Part B. Offenses Directed Against the Person
          • Article 9. Homicide
          • Article 10. Kidnaping and Related Offenses
          • Article 11. Sex Offenses
            • Subdivision 1. General Definitions
            • Subdivision 5. Major Sex Offenses
            • Subdivision 10. Vulnerable Victim Offenses
            • Subdivision 15. Prostitution Offenses
            • Subdivision 20. Pornography Offenses
            • Subdivision 25. Other Offenses
          • Article 12. Bodily Harm
            • Subdivision 1. Definitions
            • Subdivision 5. Assault and Battery
            • Subdivision 10. Endangerment
            • Subdivision 15. Intimidation
            • Subdivision 20. Mutilation
            • Subdivision 25. Other Harm Offenses
          • Article 12A. Violent Video Games
          • Article 12B. Sexually Explicit Video Games
          • Article 14. Eavesdropping
        • Part C. Offenses Directed Against Property
          • Article 15. Definitions
          • Article 16. Theft and Related Offenses
            • Subdivision 1. Definitions
            • Subdivision 5. General Theft
            • Subdivision 10. Retail Theft
            • Subdivision 15. Identity Theft
            • Subdivision 20. Miscellaneous Theft-related Offenses
          • Article 16C. Unlawful Sale of Household Appliances
          • Article 16D. Computer Crime
          • Article 16H. Illinois Financial Crime Law (repealed)
          • Article 17. Deception
            • Subdivision 1. General Definitions
            • Subdivision 5. Deception
            • Subdivision 10. Fraud on a Governmental Entity
            • Subdivision 15. Fraud on a Private Entity
            • Subdivision 20. Fraudulent Tampering
            • Subdivision 25. Credit and Debit Card Fraud
            • Subdivision 30. Computer Fraud
            • Subdivision 35. Miscellaneous Special Fraud
          • Article 17a. Disqualification for State Benefits (repealed)
          • Article 17b. Wic Fraud
          • Article 18. Robbery
          • Article 19. Burglary
          • Article 20. Arson
          • Article 20.5. Causing a Catastrophe; Deadly Substances
          • Article 21. Damage and Trespass to Property
          • Article 21.1. Residential Picketing
          • Article 21.2. Interference With a Public Institution of Education
          • Article 21.3. Solicitation on School Property
        • Part D. Offenses Affecting Public Health, Safety and Decency
          • Article 24. Deadly Weapons
          • Article 24.5. Nitrous Oxide
          • Article 24.6. Laser and Laser Pointers
          • Article 25. Mob Action and Related Offenses
          • Article 26. Disorderly Conduct
          • Article 28. Gambling and Related Offenses
          • Article 29. Bribery in Contests
          • Article 29A. Commercial Bribery
          • Article 29B. Money Laundering
          • Article 29C. International Terrorism (repealed)
          • Article 29D. Terrorism
        • Part E. Offenses Affecting Governmental Functions
          • Article 30. Treason and Related Offenses
          • Article 31. Interference With Public Officers
          • Article 31A. Interference With Penal Institution
          • Article 32. Interference With Judicial Procedure
          • Article 33. Official Misconduct
        • Part F. Certain Aggravated Offenses
          • Article 33A. Armed Violence
          • Article 33C. Deception Relating to Certification of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (repealed)
          • Article 33D. Contributing to the Criminal Delinquency of a Juvenile
          • Article 33E. Public Contracts
          • Article 33F. Unlawful Use of Body Armor
      • Title IV. Construction, Effective Date and Repeal
        • Article 34. Construction and Effective Date
      • Title V. Added Articles
        • Article 36. Seizure and Forfeiture of Vessels, Vehicles and Aircraft
        • Article 36.5. Vehicle Impoundment
        • Article 37. Property Forfeiture
        • Article 37.5. Animal Fighting Forfeiture
        • Article 38. Criminally Operated Businesses
        • Article 39. Criminal Usury (repealed)
        • Article 42. Looting
        • Article 44. Telecommunications Devices
        • Article 45. Disclosing Location of Domestic Violence Victim (repealed)
        • Article 46. Insurance Fraud, Fraud on the Government, and Related Offenses (repealed)
        • Article 47. Nuisance
  • Offenses Against Persons
    • Communications Consumer Privacy Act.
    • Hazing Act.
    • Hunter and Fishermen Interference Prohibition Act.
    • Neglected Children Offense Act.
    • Harassing and Obscene Communications Act.
    • Taxpreparer Disclosure of Information Act.
    • Telecommunication Line Tapping Act.
    • Wrongs to Children Act.
  • Offenses Against Property
    • Aircraft Crash Parts Act.
    • Animal Registration Under False Pretenses Act.
    • Animal Research and Production Facilities Protection Act.
    • Appliance Tag Act.
    • Auction Sales Sign Act.
    • Business Use of Military Terms Act.
    • Derogatory Statements About Banks Act.
    • Governmental Uneconomic Practices Act.
    • Horse Mutilation Act.
    • Horse Racing False Entries Act.
    • Loan Advertising to Bankrupts Act.
    • Sale of Maps Act.
    • Sale or Pledge of Goods by Minors Act.
    • Sale Price Ad Act.
    • Stallion and Jack Pedigree Act.
    • Ticket Sale and Resale Act.
    • Title Page Act.
    • Uneconomic Practices Act.
    • Video Movie Sales and Rentals Act.
    • Wild Plant Conservation Act.
  • Offenses Against the Public
    • Abandoned Refrigerator Act.
    • Illinois Abortion Law of 1975.
    • Partial-birth Abortion Ban Act.
    • Adoption Compensation Prohibition Act.
    • Aerial Exhibitors Safety Act.
    • Air Rifle Act.
    • Bail Bond False Statement Act.
    • Cannabis Control Act.
    • Child Curfew Act.
    • Illinois Clean Public Elevator Air Act.
    • Container Label Obliteration Act.
    • Illinois Controlled Substances Act.
      • Article I.
      • Article II.
      • Article III.
      • Article IV.
      • Article V.
      • Article VI.
    • Illinois Dangerous Animals Act.
    • Discrimination in Sale of Real Estate Act.
    • Draft Card Mutilation Act.
    • Drug Paraphernalia Control Act.
    • Ephedra Prohibition Act.
    • Excavation Fence Act.
    • Feeding Garbage to Animals Act.
    • Fire Extinguisher Service Act.
    • Flag Desecration Act.
    • Grain Coloring Act.
    • Guide Dog Access Act.
    • Hypodermic Syringes and Needles Act.
    • Improper Supervision of Children Act.
    • Legislative Misconduct Act.
    • Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act.
    • Methamphetamine Precursor Control Act.
    • Nitroglycerin Transportation Act.
    • Outdoor Lighting Installation Act.
    • Party Line Emergency Act.
    • Peephole Installation Act.
    • Retail Sale and Distribution of Novelty Lighters Prohibition Act.
    • Sale of Immoral Publications to Children Act.
    • Sale of Tobacco to Minors Act.
    • Display of Tobacco Products Act.
    • Prevention of Cigarette Sales to Minors Act.
    • Smokeless Tobacco Limitation Act.
    • Tobacco Accessories and Smoking Herbs Control Act.
    • Use of Intoxicating Compounds Act.

CRIMINAL CODE

CRIMINAL CODE OF 1961.

Title I
General Provisions

Article 1
Title and Construction of Act State Jurisdiction

Section 1-1. Short Title.

(720 ILCS 5/1-1) (from Ch. 38, par. 1-1)

This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Criminal Code of 1961".

(Source: Laws 1961, p. 1983.)

Section 1-2. General Purposes

(720 ILCS 5/1-2) (from Ch. 38, par. 1-2)

The provisions of this Code shall be construed in accordance with the general purposes hereof, to:

(a) Forbid and prevent the commission of offenses;

(b) Define adequately the act and mental state which constitute each offense, and limit the condemnation of conduct as criminal when it is without fault;

(c) Prescribe penalties which are proportionate to the seriousness of offenses and which permit recognition of differences in rehabilitation possibilities among individual offenders;

(d) Prevent arbitrary or oppressive treatment of persons accused or convicted of offenses.

(Source: Laws 1961, p. 1983.)

Section 1-3. Applicability of Common Law

(720 ILCS 5/1-3) (from Ch. 38, par. 1-3)

No conduct constitutes an offense unless it is described as an offense in this Code or in another statute of this State. However, this provision does not affect the power of a court to punish for contempt or to employ any sanction authorized by law for the enforcement of an order or civil judgment.

(Source: P.A. 79-1360.)

Section 1-4. Civil Remedies Preserved.

(720 ILCS 5/1-4) (from Ch. 38, par. 1-4)

This Code does not bar, suspend, or otherwise affect any right or liability to damages, penalty, forfeiture, or other remedy authorized by law to be recovered or enforced in a civil action, for any conduct which this Code makes punishable; and the civil injury is not merged in the offense.

(Source: Laws 1961, p. 1983.)

Section 1-5. State Criminal Jurisdiction.

(720 ILCS 5/1-5) (from Ch. 38, par. 1-5)

(a) A person is subject to prosecution in this State for an offense which he commits, while either within or outside the State, by his own conduct or that of another for which he is legally accountable, if:

(1) the offense is committed either wholly or partly within the State; or

(2) the conduct outside the State constitutes an attempt to commit an offense within the State; or

(3) the conduct outside the State constitutes a conspiracy to commit an offense within the State, and an act in furtherance of the conspiracy occurs in the State; or

(4) the conduct within the State constitutes an attempt, solicitation or conspiracy to commit in another jurisdiction an offense under the laws of both this State and such other jurisdiction.

(b) An offense is committed partly within this State, if either the conduct which is an element of the offense, or the result which is such an element, occurs within the State. In a prosecution pursuant to paragraph (3) of subsection (a) of Section 9-1, the attempt or commission of a forcible felony other than second degree murder within this State is conduct which is an element of the offense for which a person is subject to prosecution in this State. In homicide, the "result" is either the physical contact which causes death, or the death itself; and if the body of a homicide victim is found within the State, the death is presumed to have occurred within the State.

(c) An offense which is based on an omission to perform a duty imposed by the law of this State is committed within the State, regardless of the location of the offender at the time of the omission.

(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

Section 1-6. Place of Trial.

(720 ILCS 5/1-6) (from Ch. 38, par. 1-6)

(a) Generally.

Criminal actions shall be tried in the county where the offense was committed, except as otherwise provided by law. The State is not required to prove during trial that the alleged offense occurred in any particular county in this State. When a defendant contests the place of trial under this Section, all proceedings regarding this issue shall be conducted under Section 114-1 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. All objections of improper place of trial are waived by a defendant unless made before trial.

(b) Assailant and Victim in Different Counties.

If a person committing an offense upon the person of another is located in one county and his victim is located in another county at the time of the commission of the offense, trial may be had in either of said counties.

(c) Death and Cause of Death in Different Places or Undetermined.

If cause of death is inflicted in one county and death ensues in another county, the offender may be tried in either county. If neither the county in which the cause of death was inflicted nor the county in which death ensued are known before trial, the offender may be tried in the county where the body was found.

(d) Offense Commenced Outside the State.

If the commission of an offense commenced outside the State is consummated within this State, the offender shall be tried in the county where the offense is consummated.

(e) Offenses Committed in Bordering Navigable Waters.

If an offense is committed on any of the navigable waters bordering on this State, the offender may be tried in any county adjacent to such navigable water.

(f) Offenses Committed while in Transit.

If an offense is committed upon any railroad car, vehicle, watercraft or aircraft passing within this State, and it cannot readily be determined in which county the offense was committed, the offender may be tried in any county through which such railroad car, vehicle, watercraft or aircraft has passed.

(g) Theft.

A person who commits theft of property may be tried in any county in which he exerted control over such property.

(h) Bigamy.

A person who commits the offense of bigamy may be tried in any county where the bigamous marriage or bigamous cohabitation has occurred.

(i) Kidnaping.

A person who commits the offense of kidnaping may be tried in any county in which his victim has traveled or has been confined during the course of the offense.

(j) Pandering.

A person who commits the offense of pandering as set forth in Section 11-14.3 may be tried in any county in which the prostitution was practiced or in any county in which any act in furtherance of the offense shall have been committed.

(k) Treason.

A person who commits the offense of treason may be tried in any county.

(l) Criminal Defamation.

If criminal defamation is spoken, printed or written in one county and is received or circulated in another or other counties, the offender shall be tried in the county where the defamation is spoken, printed or written. If the defamation is spoken, printed or written outside this state, or the offender resides outside this state, the offender may be tried in any county in this state in which the defamation was circulated or received.

(m) Inchoate Offenses.

A person who commits an inchoate offense may be tried in any county in which any act which is an element of the offense, including the agreement in conspiracy, is committed.

(n) Accountability for Conduct of Another.

Where a person in one county solicits, aids, abets, agrees, or attempts to aid another in the planning or commission of an offense in another county, he may be tried for the offense in either county.

(o) Child Abduction.

A person who commits the offense of child abduction may be tried in any county in which his victim has traveled, been detained, concealed or removed to during the course of the offense. Notwithstanding the foregoing, unless for good cause shown, the preferred place of trial shall be the county of the residence of the lawful custodian.

(p) A person who commits the offense of narcotics racketeering may be tried in any county where cannabis or a controlled substance which is the basis for the charge of narcotics racketeering was used; acquired; transferred or distributed to, from or through; or any county where any act was performed to further the use; acquisition, transfer or distribution of said cannabis or controlled substance; any money, property, property interest, or any other asset generated by narcotics activities was acquired, used, sold, transferred or distributed to, from or through; or, any enterprise interest obtained as a result of narcotics racketeering was acquired, used, transferred or distributed to, from or through, or where any activity was conducted by the enterprise or any conduct to further the interests of such an enterprise.

(q) A person who commits the offense of money laundering may be tried in any county where any part of a financial transaction in criminally derived property took place or in any county where any money or monetary instrument which is the basis for the offense was acquired, used, sold, transferred or distributed to, from or through.

(r) A person who commits the offense of cannabis trafficking or controlled substance trafficking may be tried in any county.

(s) A person who commits the offense of online sale of stolen property, online theft by deception, or electronic fencing may be tried in any county where any one or more elements of the offense took place, regardless of whether the element of the offense was the result of acts by the accused, the victim or by another person, and regardless of whether the defendant was ever physically present within the boundaries of the county.

(t) A person who commits the offense of identity theft or aggravated identity theft may be tried in any one of the following counties in which: (1) the offense occurred; (2) the information used to commit the offense was illegally used; or (3) the victim resides.

If a person is charged with more than one violation of identity theft or aggravated identity theft and those violations may be tried in more than one county, any of those counties is a proper venue for all of the violations.

(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07; 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11.)

Section 1-8. Order of Protection; Status

(720 ILCS 5/1-8) (from Ch. 38, par. 1-8)

Whenever relief sought under this Code is based on allegations of domestic violence, as defined in the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986, the court, before granting relief, shall determine whether any order of protection has previously been entered in the instant proceeding or any other proceeding in which any party, or a child of any party, or both, if relevant, has been designated as either a respondent or a protected person.

(Source: P.A. 87-743.)

Article 2
General Definitions

Section 2-0.5. Definitions

(720 ILCS 5/2-0.5) (was 720 ILCS 5/2-.5)

For the purposes of this Code, the words and phrases described in this Article have the meanings designated in this Article, except when a particular context clearly requires a different meaning.

(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

Section 2-1. "acquittal".

(720 ILCS 5/2-1) (from Ch. 38, par. 2-1)

"Acquittal" means a verdict or finding of not guilty of an offense, rendered by a legally constituted jury or by a court of competent jurisdiction authorized to try the case without a jury.

(Source: Laws 1961, p. 1983.)

Section 2-2. "act".

(720 ILCS 5/2-2) (from Ch. 38, par. 2-2)

"Act" includes a failure or omission to take action.

(Source: Laws 1961, p. 1983.)