Illinois Criminal Trespass to a Place of Public Amusement

The Law – 720 ILCS 5/21-9

A person commits Criminal Trespass to a Place of Public Amusement when he or she knowingly and without lawful authority:

  1. Enters or remains on any portion of a place of public amusement after having received notice that the general public is restricted from access to that portion of the place of public amusement
  2. Gains access to or remains on any portion of a place of public amusement by presenting false documents or falsely representing his or her identity orally to the property owner, a lessee, an agent of either the owner or lessee or a performer or participant.

While it may seem like a fun idea to run onto the field during a Chicago Bears game or sneak backstage at Lollapalooza, the consequences can be quite serious. Criminal Trespass to a Place of Public Amusement is the charge that often follows when a person enters a playing field, athletic surface, stage, locker room or dressing room at the place of a public amusement without permission.

Along with the possible penalties outlined below, upon the imposition of any sentence for a violation of this law, the person faces a minimum $1,000 fine and must complete up to 120 hours of community service.

Sentence

CLASS 4 FELONY

- 1 to 3 years in state prison

- Fine of up to $25,000

Supervision Possible? No.

Probation Possible? Yes.

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