Illinois Place of Worship Arson

The Law – 720 ILCS 5/20-1

A person commits place of worship arson when, by fire or explosion, the person knowingly damages – totally or partially – any place of worship.

There are many issues that are involved with a charge of arson in and of itself, and it is not nearly as “cut and dry” as it seems. The State has the burden of proving every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. For place of worship arson, the State has the burden of proof that the placed damaged was a “place of worship”, as well as other essential elements of the offense of arson.

The Sentence

CLASS 1 FELONY – 4-15 years prison

Probation Possible? – Yes.

Time To Be Served – Must serve 50% of the sentence imposed

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