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(720 ILCS 5/3-7)
(from Ch. 38, par. 3-7)
excluded from limitation.
(a) The period within which a prosecution must be commenced does not include
any period in which:
(1) the defendant is not usually and publicly
resident within this State; or
(2) the defendant is a public officer and the
offense charged is theft of public funds while in public office; or
(3) a prosecution is pending against the defendant
for the same conduct, even if the indictment or information which commences the prosecution is quashed or the proceedings thereon are set aside, or are reversed on appeal; or
(4) a proceeding or an appeal from a proceeding
relating to the quashing or enforcement of a Grand Jury subpoena issued in connection with an investigation of a violation of a criminal law of this State is pending. However, the period within which a prosecution must be commenced includes any period in which the State brings a proceeding or an appeal from a proceeding specified in this paragraph (4); or
(5) a material witness is placed on active military
duty or leave. In this paragraph (5), "material witness" includes, but is not limited to, the arresting officer, occurrence witness, or the alleged victim of the offense; or
(6) the victim of unlawful force or threat of
imminent bodily harm to obtain information or a confession is incarcerated, and the victim's incarceration, in whole or in part, is a consequence of the unlawful force or threats; or
(7) the sexual assault evidence is collected and
submitted to the Department of State Police until the completion of the analysis of the submitted evidence.
(a-5) The prosecution shall not be required to prove at trial facts establishing periods excluded from the general limitations in Section 3-5 of this Code when the facts supporting periods being excluded from the general limitations are properly pled in the charging document. Any challenge relating to periods of exclusion as defined in this Section shall be exclusively conducted under Section 114-1 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963.
(b) For the purposes of this Section:
"Completion of the analysis of the submitted
evidence" means analysis of the collected evidence and conducting of laboratory tests and the comparison of the collected evidence with the genetic marker grouping analysis information maintained by the Department of State Police under Section 5-4-3 of the Unified Code of Corrections and with the information contained in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National DNA database.
"Sexual assault" has the meaning ascribed to it in
Section 1a of the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act.
"Sexual assault evidence" has the meaning ascribed to
it in Section 5 of the Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-252, eff. 1-1-16; 100-434, eff. 1-1-18