What is Intimidation?

Intimidation is committed when someone threatens another person with the intent to either make them commit an act, or omit the commission of an act.

Intimidation is a class 3 felony.

What is the legal definition of Intimidation?

(720 ILCS 5/12‑6) (from Ch. 38, par. 12‑6)
Sec. 12‑6. Intimidation.

(a) A person commits intimidation when, with intent to cause another to perform or to omit the performance of any act, he communicates to another, whether in person, by telephone or by mail, a threat to perform without lawful authority any of the following acts:

(1) Inflict physical harm on the person threatened or any other person or on property; or

(2) Subject any person to physical confinement or restraint; or

(3) Commit any criminal offense; or

(4) Accuse any person of an offense; or

(5) Expose any person to hatred, contempt or ridicule; or

(6) Take action as a public official against anyone or anything, or withhold official action, or cause such action or withholding; or

(7) Bring about or continue a strike, boycott or other collective action.

(b) Sentence.
Intimidation is a Class 3 felony for which an offender may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than 2 years and not more than 10 years.

(Source: P.A. 91‑696, eff. 4‑13‑00.)

Statute excerpt taken from the Illinois Compiled Statutes.

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