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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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How Do Drug-Free Zones Affect Sentencing?
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How Do Drug-Free Zones Affect Sentencing?

Generally, if you get caught selling a few grams of cocaine, you could face up to 15 years in prison. But if you get caught selling a few grams of cocaine in a public park, you could face up to 30 years in prison.

Wait, what?

 

That’s right. Literally depending on where you are standing when you allegedly commit a drug offense, your sentence could potentially be doubled. This is because many areas in Illinois cities and towns are … Read More

Drug Convictions Can Get You Deported
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Drug Convictions Can Get You Deported

Over 300 arrests were made earlier this month after the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations concluded a month-long investigation in the Midwest of convicted illegal aliens. Offenders have been arrested in Missouri, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas, and Indiana, but the state of Illinois holds more offenders than any other state involved.

 

In our state alone, 107 people were arrested for violent and drug-related crimes. 47 of the offenders resided in the Chicago area. The offenders … Read More

How Drug Court is Breaking the Crime Cycle in Illinois County
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How Drug Court is Breaking the Crime Cycle in Illinois County

Drug abuse is an epidemic here in Illinois and throughout the United States. Unfortunately, those who abuse drugs are often thrown in jail for crimes instead of being put into some kind of rehabilitation program.

 

For this reason, our jails are overcrowded with drug crime offenders, most of whom are there for nonviolent crimes. Then, once these offenders have been released, they’re likely to get caught committing the same crimes and sent back to jail because they haven’t really … Read More

Illinois Trying to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession… Again
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Illinois Trying to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession… Again

 

Illinois is trying once again to follow other states in decriminalizing marijuana possession, but we are up against strong resistance from anti-marijuana advocates and law enforcement.

 

Many states are rethinking their stand on marijuana. Four states – Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon – have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Numerous states, including Illinois’ 4-year pilot program, have medical marijuana. And 15 states – including Illinois – are proposing decriminalization bills for marijuana possession.

 

Last year, Republican Governor … Read More