2010 Illinois Code
CHAPTER 720 CRIMINAL OFFENSES
720 ILCS 135/ Harassing and Obscene Communications Act.

    (720 ILCS 135/0.01) (from Ch. 134, par. 16.3h)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Harassing and Obscene Communications Act.
(Source: P.A. 90‑578, eff. 6‑1‑98.)

    (720 ILCS 135/1) (from Ch. 134, par. 16.4)
    Sec. 1. Any person in this State who sends messages or uses language or terms which are obscene, lewd or immoral with the intent to offend by means of or while using a telephone or telegraph facilities, equipment or wires of any person, firm or corporation engaged in the transmission of news or messages between states or within the State of Illinois is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. The use of language or terms which are obscene, lewd or immoral is prima facie evidence of the intent to offend.
(Source: P.A. 77‑2620.)

    (720 ILCS 135/1‑1) (from Ch. 134, par. 16.4‑1)
    Sec. 1‑1. Harassment by telephone). Harassment by telephone is use of telephone communication for any of the following purposes:
        (1) Making any comment, request, suggestion or
     proposal which is obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy or indecent with an intent to offend; or
        (2) Making a telephone call, whether or not
     conversation ensues, with intent to abuse, threaten or harass any person at the called number; or
        (3) Making or causing the telephone of another
     repeatedly to ring, with intent to harass any person at the called number; or
        (4) Making repeated telephone calls, during which
     conversation ensues, solely to harass any person at the called number; or
        (4.1) Making a telephone call or knowingly inducing
     a person to make a telephone call for the purpose of harassing another person who is under 13 years of age, regardless of whether the person under 13 years of age consents to the harassment, if the defendant is at least 16 years of age at the time of the commission of the offense; or
        (5) Knowingly permitting any telephone under one's
     control to be used for any of the purposes mentioned herein.
    Every telephone directory published for distribution to members of the general public shall contain a notice setting forth a summary of the provisions of this Section. Such notice shall be printed in type which is no smaller than any other type on the same page and shall be preceded by the word "WARNING". All telephone companies in this State shall cooperate with law enforcement agencies in using their facilities and personnel to detect and prevent violations of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 91‑878, eff. 1‑1‑01.)

    (720 ILCS 135/1‑2)
    Sec. 1‑2. Harassment through electronic communications.
    (a) Harassment through electronic communications is the use of electronic communication for any of the following purposes:
        (1) Making any comment, request, suggestion or
     proposal which is obscene with an intent to offend;
        (2) Interrupting, with the intent to harass, the
     telephone service or the electronic communication service of any person;
        (3) Transmitting to any person, with the intent to
     harass and regardless of whether the communication is read in its entirety or at all, any file, document, or other communication which prevents that person from using his or her telephone service or electronic communications device;
        (3.1) Transmitting an electronic communication or
     knowingly inducing a person to transmit an electronic communication for the purpose of harassing another person who is under 13 years of age, regardless of whether the person under 13 years of age consents to the harassment, if the defendant is at least 16 years of age at the time of the commission of the offense;
        (4) Threatening injury to the person or to the
     property of the person to whom an electronic communication is directed or to any of his or her family or household members; or
        (5) Knowingly permitting any electronic
     communications device to be used for any of the purposes mentioned in this subsection (a).
    (b) As used in this Act:
        (1) "Electronic communication" means any transfer of
     signs, signals, writings, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photoelectric or photo‑optical system. "Electronic communication" includes transmissions by a computer through the Internet to another computer.
        (2) "Family or household member" includes spouses,
     former spouses, parents, children, stepchildren and other persons related by blood or by present or prior marriage, persons who share or formerly shared a common dwelling, persons who have or allegedly share a blood relationship through a child, persons who have or have had a dating or engagement relationship, and persons with disabilities and their personal assistants. For purposes of this Act, neither a casual acquaintanceship nor ordinary fraternization between 2 individuals in business or social contexts shall be deemed to constitute a dating relationship.
    (c) Telecommunications carriers, commercial mobile service providers, and providers of information services, including, but not limited to, Internet service providers and hosting service providers, are not liable under this Section, except for willful and wanton misconduct, by virtue of the transmission, storage, or caching of electronic communications or messages of others or by virtue of the provision of other related telecommunications, commercial mobile services, or information services used by others in violation of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 95‑849, eff. 1‑1‑09; 95‑984, eff. 6‑1‑09; 96‑328, eff. 8‑11‑09.)

    (720 ILCS 135/1‑3)
    Sec. 1‑3. Evidence inference. Evidence that a defendant made additional telephone calls or engaged in additional electronic communications after having been requested by a named complainant or by a family or household member of the complainant to stop may be considered as evidence of an intent to harass unless disproved by evidence to the contrary.
(Source: P.A. 90‑578, eff. 6‑1‑98.)

    (720 ILCS 135/1‑4)
    Sec. 1‑4. Psychiatric examination. The court may order any person convicted under this Act to submit to a psychiatric examination.
(Source: P.A. 90‑578, eff. 6‑1‑98.)

    (720 ILCS 135/2)(from Ch. 134, par. 16.5)
    Sec. 2. Sentence.
    (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), a person who violates any of the provisions of Section 1, 1‑1, or 1‑2 of this Act is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. Except as provided in subsection (b), a second or subsequent violation of Section 1, 1‑1, or 1‑2 of this Act is a Class A misdemeanor, for which the court shall impose a minimum of 14 days in jail or, if public or community service is established in the county in which the offender was convicted, 240 hours of public or community service.
    (b) In any of the following circumstances, a person who violates Section 1, 1‑1, or 1‑2 of this Act shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony:
        (1) The person has 3 or more prior violations in the
     last 10 years of harassment by telephone under Section 1‑1 of this Act, harassment through electronic communications under Section 1‑2 of this Act, or any similar offense of any state;
        (2) The person has previously violated the
     harassment by telephone provisions of Section 1‑1 of this Act or the harassment through electronic communications provisions of Section 1‑2 of this Act or committed any similar offense in any state with the same victim or a member of the victim's family or household;
        (3) At the time of the offense, the offender was
     under conditions of bail, probation, mandatory supervised release or was the subject of an order of protection, in this or any other state, prohibiting contact with the victim or any member of the victim's family or household;
        (4) In the course of the offense, the offender
     threatened to kill the victim or any member of the victim's family or household;
        (5) The person has been convicted in the last 10
     years of a forcible felony as defined in Section 2‑8 of the Criminal Code of 1961;
        (6) The person violates paragraph (4.1) of Section
     1‑1 or paragraph (3.1) of subsection (a) of Section 1‑2; or
        (7) The person was at least 18 years of age at the
     time of the commission of the offense and the victim was under 18 years of age at the time of the commission of the offense.
(Source: P.A. 95‑984, eff. 6‑1‑09.)

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