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Category: Drug Crimes

Is It Illegal to Sell Fake Drugs in IL?

It may surprise many people to learn that if you’re selling something as a drug that isn’t really the illegal controlled substance you’ve portrayed it to be – it’s still illegal.

Being busted for selling fake drugs in Illinois is a felony, no matter the actual substance. As long as it looks like what you’re portraying, then it’s a crime. In fact, Illinois treats these similar fake substances as if they were real drugs, and the charges are similar.

Here’s [...]

IL Drug Crimes: When Are They a Class X Felony?

There are federal laws against drugs, but these cases are handled at the state level most of the time. Due to this division, you can find varying laws between states when it comes to drugs – and some states are harsher than others.

Illinois has drug laws that run the gamut, from misdemeanor crimes to the most serious of felonies, known as Class X felonies. A Class X felony conviction can have a serious and lasting impact on your life, [...]

Will a Drug Conviction Impact Your Future IL Jobs?

A drug conviction can have a big impact on your future. That’s why, if you’re charged with a drug crime in Illinois, it’s not something to take lightly.

Having a criminal record with a drug conviction can limit your future opportunities, particularly in fields that require licensure. Here is what you need to know about your future job prospects if you are convicted of a drug crime in Illinois.

Getting a Job with a Drug Conviction

It’s a standard practice [...]

Can You Legally Grow Marijuana In Illinois?

Since Illinois legalized marijuana both recreationally and medically in the state in 2020, many people have taken advantage of it. However, the new laws do not allow certain things. It’s important to know what you’re allowed to do with marijuana and what you’re not allowed to do – if you want to stay out of legal trouble.

While marijuana may be legal in the state, there are still legal consequences for breaking the laws that are in place. That’s why [...]

What To Do If You’re Arrested on Illinois Drug Charges

Being arrested isn’t something on most people’s to-do list, which is why a majority of folks find themselves without any idea of what to do in the event they are arrested – especially for something as serious as drug crimes.

Illinois may have made marijuana legal, but rest assured there are still plenty of ways to find yourself being read your rights in relation to drugs in the state.

Here’s what you need to know about current Illinois drug laws [...]

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Domestic Battery’s Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Domestic Battery

The state of Illinois considers certain crimes to be very serious, which has led to the idea of mandatory minimum sentencing for some crimes. Aggravated domestic battery is a crime for which, if convicted, you face a mandatory minimum sentence.

What does that mean? It means you could spend a longer time in prison or jail, especially if you have any prior domestic battery convictions on your criminal record. Read on to find out what Illinois considers to be domestic [...]

Possessing Child Porn in IL: What Does It Mean?

Child Pornography

The issue of child pornography is something that is of great concern to the general public as well as law enforcement. That’s why the laws surrounding the crime are decisive and strict, and the definition of what constitutes child pornography and its possession is clearly spelled out under the current laws.

What does it mean to possess child pornography in Illinois? What types of penalties are associated with this crime? These are important questions for every citizen, so read on [...]