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DEA Intelligence Report Ranks Fentanyl No. 1 Drug Threat in Chicago

Should dangerous drugs be treated as a health problem or a criminal matter? That is the question playing out in the halls of Congress right now.

U.S. Representative from Illinois, Sean Casten, says that he voted against a bill that would continue a federal ban on the illegal sale of synthetic fentanyl because there’s no instance in history where “criminalizing a drug has prevented its use.”

Still, as the opioid crisis in America rages on, communities in the Chicago area [...]

700k Illinois Cannabis Records to Be Expunged – Many Automatically

In 2019, Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker House signed several house bills that legalized the recreational use of marijuana and allowed the state to expunge certain individuals’ marijuana possession arrest and conviction records.

For now, we’re going to look at the ones that affected 20 ILCS 2630, the Criminal Identification Act, which concerns the expungement of arrest and conviction records. Some expungements were automatic.

So, how did that work?  What about the ones that weren’t automatic?  What does expunge mean, [...]

Know Your Rights When Dealing With Illinois Drug-Sniffing Dogs

Airport security can be stressful enough, but when officers walk by with dogs, everyone seems to tighten up. No one wants a drug-sniffing dog to walk by and start barking.

Unfortunately, countless drug-sniffing dogs have made a scene over someone who wasn’t doing anything illegal. Some studies even show that these dogs are more often wrong than they are right.

Despite this, drug-sniffing dogs are still intimidating, and the act of sniffing someone’s personal belongings or body for drugs can [...]

Is Marijuana Legal Yet in Illinois? What Does the Law Say?

The use of marijuana has been a controversial topic for decades.

Many have argued that the use of marijuana is a relatively harmless act and that criminalizing it is a waste of law-enforcement resources. On the other hand, even a small possession charge held severe consequences in most states. That is, until relatively recently.

Now, more and more states are beginning to review their current drug legislation and adjust policies so that they reflect modern attitudes. Illinois is one of [...]

Yes, There Are Mandatory Minimums for Drug Trafficking in Illinois

Generally, mandatory minimums are associated with federal courts. However, Illinois state courts also impose mandatory minimum sentencing for drug trafficking convictions.

Mandatory minimums are controversial, as judges are forced to impose a minimum sentence for a particular set of crimes (in this case drug trafficking), which is typically quite severe.

These minimums are imposed regardless of the defendant’s criminal history, and any mitigating circumstances surrounding the offense.

Many times, judges don’t agree with these sentencing guidelines but are required to [...]

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Accused of a Title IX Violation? You Have a Right to an Attorney

Title IX Violations

As the Department of Education is attempting to change Title IX laws, Illinois college students are putting up a fight. Experts say that Title IX, the federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination based on sex, is already not sufficient.

Further weakening of the guidelines will only put victims of sexual harassment and misconduct in an even worse position.

Every university student should understand Title IX and what it means for their college experience. Learn more about Title IX and [...]

Illinois’ Felony Murder Rule: You Don’t Have to Kill to Face Charges

Murder

According to the Chicago police, overall crime in Chicago is on the decline. Except when you’re talking about homicides and shootings.

According to their reports, homicides were up 41 percent in February 2020 over the same month in 2019. It’s simply a fact of life that in Chicago, homicide touches the lives of many people.

These grim statistics also shed light on Illinois’ felony murder rule. This controversial murder rule may have people facing murder charges that never even pulled [...]

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