Illinois Aggravated Robbery

The Law – 720 ILCS 5/18-1(b)

A person commits Aggravated Robbery when he or she knowingly takes property, other than a motor vehicle, from the person or presence of another by force or by threatening the imminent use of force and

  1. Indicates, verbally or non-verbally, that he or she is presently armed with a firearm or other dangerous weapon or;
  2. Delivers or threatens to deliver to a person any controlled substance, other than for medical purposes and without the victim’s consent.

Aggravated Robbery is just like standard robbery but adds to it the use or the threat of the use of a dangerous weapon. These weapons include firearms, clubs, knives and axes. The simple act of threating to use any of these weapons, without more, constitutes Aggravated Robbery. For example, if someone walked into a bank, demanded money from a teller and pointed to their waistband, that person could be convicted of Aggravated Robbery because a reasonable person standing in the teller’s shoes might believe a gun or other weapon was in the waistband of the individual. This is the case even if the teller did not actually see any weapon. This is still true even if it is later determined that no weapon was actually present. Additionally, Illinois law considers controlled substances to be “dangerous weapons” if the administration, or the threat of administration of a controlled substance, was done without the victim’s consent in the course of a robbery. For instance, adding a controlled substance to a person’s drink to allow you to rob them would be considered “aggravated robbery”.

The Sentence

CLASS 1 FELONY – 4 TO 15 YEARS

Probation Possible? – Yes.

Supervision Possible? – No.

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