- Published: 04 August 2015
SPRINGFIELD – Individuals charged with assaulting a first responder acting in the line of duty will face greater penalties under a new law sponsored in the Senate by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago). The proposal was signed into law by the governor today.
The language of the proposal would charge individuals who assault first responders acting in the line of their duties with a Class 4 felony rather than a misdemeanor.
“The men and women who dedicate their lives to public safety need to be afforded protections for their safety when they are hard at work protecting our lives,” Mulroe said. “Every day these men and women work hard to keep our streets safe. With these proposals we are doing more to ensure they stay safe.”
Under the previous Criminal Code of 2012, an individual who assaulted a first responder in the line of duty was charged with a Class A misdemeanor provided a weapon was not used. The language in the new proposal states those charges would automatically become a Class 4 felony. The sentence for a Class 4 felony can carry anywhere from one to three years in prison.
The law becomes effective January 1, 2016.