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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

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

A Guide to Illinois’ Drug Possession Laws
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A Guide to Illinois’ Drug Possession Laws

It doesn’t matter if you just have a little bit. Or if you forgot that it was there. Or if you were in the privacy of your own home.

 

The Illinois Controlled Substances Act criminalizes the knowing manufacturing, delivery, and possession of drugs. If you are in possession of a controlled substance, there are two crimes you could be charged with—possession, or possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver.

What Needs to be Proven for a Conviction?

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