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What Does 720 ILCS Mean?
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What Does 720 ILCS Mean

Getting charged with a crime in Illinois is a serious matter. There are numerous crimes you can face charges for, and it can be confusing to understand not only the crime itself but also your rights.

 

If you are charged with a crime in Illinois, it falls under 720 ILCS. The 720 part is for Chapter 720, which covers all criminal offenses in the state. ILCS stands for the Illinois Compiled Statutes. So if you have a 720 ILCS charge, you’ll want to obtain a criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with the statutes and the best possible defenses to get those charges reduced or dismissed.

 

Under Chapter 720, the statutes go through the six different types of criminal offenses that could have you facing charges.

 

Part A covers inchoate offenses – attempts to commit crimes without actual harm being done.

 

Part B covers offenses directed against another person such as homicide, kidnapping, trafficking, sex crimes, assault and battery, and harm to children.

 

Part C covers offenses directed against property such as theft, fraud, robbery, burglary, arson, vandalism, and trespassing.

 

Part D covers offenses affecting public health, safety, and decency such as deadly weapons, disorderly conduct, harassment, gambling, bribery, and terrorism.

 

Part E covers offenses affecting governmental functions such as treason and interfering with public officers, penal institutions, or judicial procedures.

 

Part F covers certain aggravated offenses such as armed violence and street gang activity.

 

There is also 720 ILCS 570, which is the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. It prohibits the illegal possession, use, trafficking, and cultivation of controlled substances or drugs.

 

Chicago Criminal Defense LawyerWhether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony, a 720 ILCS charge could be punishable by expensive fines, administrative penalties, or even a prison sentence. Along with the legal punishments, you could also face serious consequences regarding your career, education, relationships, and reputation.

 

Contact a skilled 720 ILCS defense lawyer with in-depth knowledge of your 720 ILCS charge and you will be able to begin constructing an aggressive defense today.

 

 

About the Author:

 

Andrew M. Weisberg is a former felony prosecutor who now serves as a defense attorney in the greater Chicago area. He has extensive experience in handling all types of criminal cases, from sex offenses and domestic violence to retail theft-related crimes, Murder, and drug crimes.