The Magazine of Illinois Lawyers

July 2013Volume 101Number 7Page 336

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Illinois Law Update:

By students of the University of Illinois College of Law

Family members no longer exempt from prosecution for aiding fugitive. PA 097-0741

(Effective January 1, 2013)

Any individual over the age of 18 is now guilty of a Class 4 felony if he or she actively "aids or assists" a criminal offender in escaping a jurisdiction in which the offender "is to be arrested, charged, or prosecuted." Individuals must have an intent to prevent the offender from being apprehended by law enforcement.

Family members are not exempt from this new provision, but they are still exempt from the provisions regarding concealing knowledge of an offense or harboring an offender. Spouses, parents, children, and siblings all constitute family members for these purposes.