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Bill to Increase Sentences for Weapons, Decrease Them for Drugs
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Bill to Increase Sentences for Weapons, Decrease Them for Drugs

The debate over drug crimes in America still invokes big emotions, and can bring progress to a standstill amongst lawmakers. You may have seen the news reports last month about Illinois lawmakers who failed to move a bill forward due to its attempt to shorten drug sentences.

 

Well, that bill has since been amended, and now it may move forward to the governor’s desk within the next few weeks.

 

What Exactly Does the Bill Propose?

 

SB1722 was originally … Read More

Springfield Man Sentenced to 32 Years for Drug Trafficking
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Springfield Man Sentenced to 32 Years for Drug Trafficking

Of all criminal offenses – state or federal – drug trafficking cases have some of the longest jail sentences.

 

Just ask Deauntee Q. Mosby. The 24-year old Springfield man recently pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute 100 grams of heroin. Earlier this month, he was sentenced to 32 years in federal prison without parole.

 

What Happened to Send Mosby to Prison for More Than Three Decades?

 

The story begins when Mosby was stopped by … Read More

When Is Chicago Drug Possession Charged As a More Serious Crime?
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When Is Chicago Drug Possession Charged As a More Serious Crime?

In the world of drug crimes, charges are divided into three main categories: possession (holding drugs), distribution (selling drugs), and trafficking (typically – though not necessarily – moving drugs).

 

These definitions are pretty straightforward, and it’s fairly well known that trafficking and distribution are more severe drug crimes than possession. So if you are caught merely holding drugs, and there is no concrete evidence of you moving or distributing the drugs, you won’t face harsh penalties, right?

 

Not … Read More

How to Fight Back against Drug Charges When Cops are Overzealous
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How to Fight Back against Drug Charges When Cops are Overzealous

Despite recent controversy and state level changes in drug laws, the war on drugs is still raging on. Penalties for drug charges come with mandatory minimums, and can even surpass penalties for other, more violent crimes. There is also increased tension between the community and law enforcement, so arrests and police encounters involving drugs can get out of hand quickly. Both parties are subject to acting out in such high-pressure situations, but it is especially unnerving when it comes from … Read More

Drug Crime Charge? Police Can Take Your Family’s Possessions
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Drug Crime Charge? Police Can Take Your Family’s Possessions

When you are charged with a drug crime, it may seem like the prosecutors will stop at nothing to convict you and make sure you receive a harsh sentence – even if you are charged with minor or non-violent drug crimes.

 

Most of the time, prosecutors and law enforcement officers use completely legal tactics. On rare occasions, they don’t.

 

And then there are those tactics that straddle the line. One of the most controversial is forfeiture.

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