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CRIMINAL OFFENSES720 ILCS 5/12-35
(720 ILCS 5/) Criminal Code of 2012.
(720 ILCS 5/12-35)
Sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal.
(a) A person may not knowingly engage in any sexual conduct or sexual
contact with an
(b) A person may not knowingly cause, aid, or abet another person to engage
sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal.
(c) A person may not knowingly permit any sexual conduct or sexual contact
animal to be conducted on any premises under his or her charge or
(d) A person may not knowingly engage in, promote, aid, or abet any activity
involving any sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal for
a commercial or recreational purpose.
(e) Sentence. A person who violates this Section is guilty of a Class 4
A person who violates this Section in the presence of a person under 18 years
of age or causes the animal serious physical injury or death is guilty of a
(f) In addition to the penalty imposed in subsection (e), the court may
order that the defendant do any of the following:
(1) Not harbor animals or reside in any household
where animals are present for a reasonable period of time or permanently, if necessary.
(2) Relinquish and permanently forfeit all animals
residing in the household to a recognized or duly organized animal shelter or humane society.
(3) Undergo a psychological evaluation and counseling
(4) Reimburse the animal shelter or humane society
for any reasonable costs incurred for the care and maintenance of the animal involved in the sexual conduct or sexual contact in addition to any animals relinquished to the animal shelter or humane society.
(g) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to prohibit accepted animal
husbandry practices or accepted veterinary medical practices by a
licensed veterinarian or certified veterinary technician.
(h) If the court has reasonable grounds to believe that a violation
of this Section has occurred, the court may order
the seizure of
all animals involved in the alleged violation as a condition of bond of a
person charged with a violation of this Section.
(i) In this Section:
"Animal" means every creature, either alive or dead, other than a human
"Sexual conduct" means any knowing touching or
fondling by a person, either directly or through
clothing, of the sex organs or anus of an animal or
any transfer or transmission of semen by the person upon any part of
the animal, for the purpose of sexual
gratification or arousal of the person.
"Sexual contact" means any contact, however slight, between
the sex organ or anus of a person and the sex organ, mouth,
or anus of an animal, or any intrusion, however slight, of any part
of the body of the person into the sex organ
or anus of an animal, for the purpose of sexual gratification or arousal of the
person. Evidence of emission of semen is not
required to prove sexual contact.
(Source: P.A. 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11
720 ILCS 5/12-36
(720 ILCS 5/12-36)
Possession of unsterilized or vicious dogs by felons prohibited.
(a) For a period of 10 years commencing upon the release of a person from incarceration, it is unlawful for a person convicted of a forcible felony, a felony violation of the Humane Care for Animals Act, a felony violation of Section 26-5 or 48-1 of this Code, a felony violation of Article 24 of this Code, a felony violation of Class 3 or higher of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, a felony violation of Class 3 or higher of the Cannabis Control Act, or a felony violation of Class 2 or higher of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, to knowingly own, possess, have custody of, or reside in a residence with, either:
(1) an unspayed or unneutered dog or puppy older than
(2) irrespective of whether the dog has been spayed
or neutered, any dog that has been determined to be a vicious dog under Section 15 of the Animal Control Act.
(b) Any dog owned, possessed by, or in the custody of a person convicted of a felony, as described in subsection (a), must be microchipped for permanent identification.
(c) Sentence. A person who violates this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(d) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this Section that the dog in question is neutered or spayed, or that the dog in question was neutered or spayed within 7 days of the defendant being charged with a violation of this Section. Medical records from, or the certificate of, a doctor of veterinary medicine licensed to practice in the State of Illinois who has personally examined or operated upon the dog, unambiguously indicating whether the dog in question has been spayed or neutered, shall be prima facie true and correct, and shall be sufficient evidence of whether the dog in question has been spayed or neutered. This subsection (d) is not applicable to any dog that has been determined to be a vicious dog under Section 15 of the Animal Control Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-185, eff. 1-1-10; 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13.)
720 ILCS 5/12-37
(720 ILCS 5/12-37)
Possession and sale of caustic and noxious substances.
(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), it is unlawful for any person knowingly to have in his or her possession or to carry about any of the substances which are regulated by Title 16 CFR Section 1500.129 of the Federal Caustic Poison Act and are required to contain the words "causes severe burns" as the affirmative statement of principal hazard on its label.
(b) Provided that the product is not used to threaten, intimidate, injure, or cause distress to another, the restrictions of subsection (a) do not apply to:
(1) persons while engaged in the legitimate
commercial manufacture, distribution, storage, or use of the specified substances;
(2) persons while engaged in legitimate scientific or
medical research, study, teaching or treatment involving the use of such substances, including without limitation physicians, pharmacists, scientists, teachers, students, and employees of regularly established laboratories, manufacturing and wholesale pharmacies, retail pharmacies, medical treatment facilities, schools, colleges, and universities;
(3) persons who have procured any of the specified
substances for medicinal purposes upon a prescription of a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches under the Medical Practice Act of 1987;
(4) commercial or consumer products that contain any
of the specified substances found in subsection (a) including, but not limited to, batteries;
(5) production agriculture as defined in Section 3-5
(6) persons while engaged in the possession or
transportation, or both, of a commercial product containing any of the substances specified in subsection (a) for retail sale;
(7) persons while engaged in the possession,
transportation, or use, unrelated to a retail sale, of any of the substances specified in subsection (a); or
(8) persons engaged in the possession,
transportation, or use of a commercial product containing any of the substances specified in subsection (a).
(c) Sentence. A violation of this Section is a Class 4 felony.
(d) The regulation of the possession and carrying of caustic and noxious substances under this Section is an exclusive power and function of the State. A home rule unit may not regulate the possession and carrying of caustic and noxious substances and any ordinance or local law contrary to this Section is declared void. This is a denial and limitation of home rule powers and functions under subsection (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 97-565, eff. 1-1-12.)
720 ILCS 5/12-38
(720 ILCS 5/12-38)
Restrictions on purchase or acquisition of corrosive or caustic acid.
(a) A person seeking to purchase a substance which is regulated by Title 16 CFR Section 1500.129 of the Federal Caustic Poison Act and is required to contain the words "causes severe burns" as the affirmative statement of principal hazard on its label, must prior to taking possession:
(1) provide a valid driver's license or other
government-issued identification showing the person's name, date of birth, and photograph; and
(2) sign a log documenting the name and address of
the person, date and time of the transaction, and the brand, product name and net weight of the item.
(b) Exemption. The requirements of subsection (a) do not apply to batteries or household products. For the purposes of this Section, "household product" means any product which is customarily produced or distributed for sale for consumption or use, or customarily stored, by individuals in or about the household, including, but not limited to, products which are customarily produced and distributed for use in or about a household as a cleaning agent, drain cleaner, pesticide, epoxy, paint, stain, or similar substance.
(c) Rules and Regulations. The Illinois Department of State Police shall have the authority to promulgate rules for the implementation and enforcement of this Section.
(d) Sentence. Any violation of this Section is a business offense for which a fine not exceeding $150 for the first violation, $500 for the second violation, or $1,500 for the third and subsequent violations within a 12-month period shall be imposed.
(e) Preemption. The regulation of the purchase or acquisition, or both, of a caustic or corrosive substance and any registry regarding the sale or possession, or both, of a caustic or corrosive substance is an exclusive power and function of the State. A home rule unit may not regulate the purchase or acquisition of caustic or corrosive substances and any ordinance or local law contrary to this Section is declared void. This is a denial and limitation of home rule powers and functions under subsection (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 97-565, eff. 1-1-12; 97-929, eff. 8-10-12.)
720 ILCS 5/Art. 12A
(720 ILCS 5/Art. 12A heading)
VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES
(Source: P.A. 94-315, eff. 1-1-06
720 ILCS 5/12A-1
(720 ILCS 5/12A-1)
This Article may be cited as the Violent Video Games Law.
(Source: P.A. 94-315, eff. 1-1-06
720 ILCS 5/12A-5
(720 ILCS 5/12A-5)
(a) The General Assembly finds that minors who play violent video games are more likely to:
(1) Exhibit violent, asocial, or aggressive behavior.
(2) Experience feelings of aggression.
(3) Experience a reduction of activity in the frontal
lobes of the brain which is responsible for controlling behavior.
(b) While the video game industry has adopted its own voluntary standards describing which games are appropriate for minors, those standards are not adequately enforced.
(c) Minors are capable of purchasing and do purchase violent video games.
(d) The State has a compelling interest in assisting parents in protecting their minor children from violent video games.
(e) The State has a compelling interest in preventing violent, aggressive, and asocial behavior.
(f) The State has a compelling interest in preventing psychological harm to minors who play violent video games.
(g) The State has a compelling interest in eliminating any societal factors that may inhibit the physiological and neurological development of its youth.
(h) The State has a compelling interest in facilitating the maturation of Illinois' children into law-abiding, productive adults.
(Source: P.A. 94-315, eff. 1-1-06