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I robbed a gas station 26 years ago and broke into a house

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I robbed a gas station 26 years ago and broke into a house 28 years ago. If I confess to these crimes now what would likely happen to me.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 5 years ago.

Probably nothing will happen to you since, unless someone was killed or a child was a victim of your crimes, the statute of limitations have run on both of the crimes. The Illinois Statute that applies is: 720 ILCS 5/3-5; 5/3-7 and sets out all the statute of limitations as described below.

  • 1st or 2nd degree murder, attempt to commit 1st degree murder, criminal solicitation to commit murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, treason, arson, forgery: N/A
  • Others: 3 years
  • Extended limitations when: victim of theft a minor or under legal disability, then during minority or legal disability or within 1 year of termination
  • Misconduct in public office: within 1 year of discovery (maximum 3 year extension)
  • Incestual sexual conduct or penetration of a minor: 1 year after victim turns 18
  • Child pornography, indecent solicitation or juvenile pimping of a child, sexual abuse of a minor: within 1 year of victim turning 18 (3 year minimum)
  • Sexual conduct or penetration by professional with fiduciary relationship: 1 year after discovery by victim
  • Hazardous waste violations: 5 year after discovery
  • Criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse: 10 years (2 years if reported)
  • Criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, or failure to report those offenses under Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act: 20 years after victim turns 18
  • Any offense involving sexual conduct or penetration of a minor where DNA profile of offender entered in database within 10 years and victim reported within 2 years (or otherwise within permissible time periods under statute), and offender's identity unknown: N/A

For misdemeanors the SOL is 18 months


Having said that, you should always talk to a local criminal defense attorney before you ever decide to admit to a crime.



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