Mutilation as a Criminal Charge

mutilation, Naperville criminal defense attorneysTorture and mutilation are horrendous crimes in most people’s minds. However, movie scenes of medieval torture dungeons or psychopathic surgeons performing perverse procedures are not the only kind of mutilation in which a person can be charged. Far lesser offenses can fall under this category--offenses that many people are not even aware are illegal. Under Illinois statute 720 ILCS 5/12-10, the following acts are unlawful and fall under Illinois’ mutilation code.

Tongue Splitting

Tongue splitting is the procedure of cutting a person’s tongue into two or more pieces, with the person’s consent. However, unlike body piercing, it is unlawful for an individual to knowingly perform a tongue split unless that person is licensed to practice medicine under the Medical Practice Act of 1987 or the Illinois Dental Practice Act.

Violating this law is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and 12 months in jail. Subsequent offenses are charged as Class 4 felonies, punishable by a minimum of one year, and up to three years in prison.

False Representation to a Tattoo or Body Piercing Establishment

It is an offense for an adult to pretend that he or she is a minor’s parent for the purpose of accompanying a minor to a body piercing or tattoo establishment. Additionally, it is unlawful for an adult, who is not the minor’s parent, to provide written consent for a minor to have a body piercing performed. A violation of this statute is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,500 and 30 days in jail.

Dismemberment or Torture During Ritual Mutilation

Whether the act of dismemberment or torture is part of a ceremony, rite, initiation, observance, performance, or practice, the offense is that of a Class 2 felony, provided that the victim did not consent, or that the defendant should have known that the victim was unable to consent. A Class 2 felony is punishable by three to seven years in prison.

Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation is defined as the cutting or injuring of female reproductive organs for non-medical reasons, according to the U.S. Department of State, and it is illegal in every state. It is always illegal to perform such acts on minor, because a minor cannot give legal consent. Female genital mutilation is a Class X felony in Illinois, punishable by a minimum of six and a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Contact an Experienced Naperville, Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney for Help Today

If you have been charged with any type of mutilation, torture, or any other criminal offense, we encourage you to call one of our skilled Naperville criminal defense attorneys at Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC today. We are prepared to help you immediately.