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CRIMINAL OFFENSES
(720 ILCS 5/) Criminal Code of 2012.

720 ILCS 5/2-19

    (720 ILCS 5/2-19) (from Ch. 38, par. 2-19)
    Sec. 2-19. "Reasonable belief".
    "Reasonable belief" or "reasonably believes" means that the person concerned, acting as a reasonable man, believes that the described facts exist.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 1983.)

720 ILCS 5/2-19.5

    (720 ILCS 5/2-19.5)
    Sec. 2-19.5. "School" means a public, private, or parochial elementary or secondary school, community college, college, or university and includes the grounds of a school.
(Source: P.A. 91-360, eff. 7-29-99.)

720 ILCS 5/2-20

    (720 ILCS 5/2-20) (from Ch. 38, par. 2-20)
    Sec. 2-20. "Solicit".
    "Solicit" or "solicitation" means to command, authorize, urge, incite, request, or advise another to commit an offense.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 1983.)

720 ILCS 5/2-21

    (720 ILCS 5/2-21) (from Ch. 38, par. 2-21)
    Sec. 2-21. "State".
    "State" or "this State" means the State of Illinois, and all land and water in respect to which the State of Illinois has either exclusive or concurrent jurisdiction, and the air space above such land and water. "Other state" means any state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 1983.)

720 ILCS 5/2-22

    (720 ILCS 5/2-22) (from Ch. 38, par. 2-22)
    Sec. 2-22. "Statute".
    "Statute" means the Constitution or an Act of the General Assembly of this State.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 1983.)

720 ILCS 5/Art. 3

 
    (720 ILCS 5/Art. 3 heading)
ARTICLE 3. RIGHTS OF DEFENDANT

720 ILCS 5/3-1

    (720 ILCS 5/3-1) (from Ch. 38, par. 3-1)
    Sec. 3-1. Presumption of innocence and proof of guilt.
    Every person is presumed innocent until proved guilty. No person shall be convicted of any offense unless his guilt thereof is proved beyond a reasonable doubt.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 1983.)

720 ILCS 5/3-2

    (720 ILCS 5/3-2) (from Ch. 38, par. 3-2)
    Sec. 3-2. Affirmative defense.
    (a) "Affirmative defense" means that unless the State's evidence raises the issue involving the alleged defense, the defendant, to raise the issue, must present some evidence thereon.
    (b) If the issue involved in an affirmative defense, other than insanity, is raised then the State must sustain the burden of proving the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt as to that issue together with all the other elements of the offense. If the affirmative defense of insanity is raised, the defendant bears the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence his insanity at the time of the offense.
(Source: P.A. 89-404, eff. 8-20-95; 90-593, eff. 6-19-98.)

720 ILCS 5/3-3

    (720 ILCS 5/3-3) (from Ch. 38, par. 3-3)
    Sec. 3-3. Multiple prosecutions for same act.
    (a) When the same conduct of a defendant may establish the commission of more than one offense, the defendant may be prosecuted for each such offense.
    (b) If the several offenses are known to the proper prosecuting officer at the time of commencing the prosecution and are within the jurisdiction of a single court, they must be prosecuted in a single prosecution, except as provided in Subsection (c), if they are based on the same act.
    (c) When 2 or more offenses are charged as required by Subsection (b), the court in the interest of justice may order that one or more of such charges shall be tried separately.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 1983.)