If you’re like many people accused of robbery, you know that being charged with a crime is scary – and you’re probably not sure what happens next. So what is the sentence for robbery in Illinois, and is there anything you can do to defend yourself?
This guide explains.
What is the Sentence for Robbery in Illinois?
In the state of Illinois, robbery is the crime of taking property from someone else by force. There are three types of robbery: straight, aggravated and armed. Each type of robbery comes with its own sentence:
- Straight robbery (sometimes called strong-arm robbery) is when you force someone to give you something that belongs to them. It’s a Class 2 felony, but if the victim is 60 or older, or if the victim has a physical disability, it’s a Class 1 felony. Additionally, this type of robbery is a Class 1 felony if the crime is committed in a school, childcare facility, daycare or place of worship. Class 2 felonies are punishable by 3 to 7 years in prison, and Class 1 felonies are punishable by 4 to 15 years in prison.
- Aggravated robbery occurs when you indicate that you’re armed with a firearm or another dangerous weapon. This type of robbery is a Class 1 felony. Class 1 felonies are punishable by 4 to 15 years in prison.
- Armed robbery is when you have a firearm or weapon “on or about” your person when you commit the offense, or discharge a firearm during the commission of the offense (even if nobody is hurt). This type of robbery is a Class X felony. Class X felonies are punishable by 6 to 30 years in prison.
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