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How Illinois Drug Possession Charges Affect College and Financial Aid

This is the time of year when senioritis takes hold, and many high school students choose to cut loose and party. High school is over (or nearly so), and seniors often celebrate by engaging in pranks, drinking, or using illegal drugs.

 

Unfortunately, if teens are caught, they face severe consequences that could have a lasting impact on their future. Case-in-point: drug possession charges or other criminal activities are likely to disqualify students for federal financial aid, and could also [...]

Don’t Let St. Paddy’s Day Partying Lead to Chicago Drug Charges

St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to party in Chicago. There are many city celebrations with lots of ways for you to have fun.

 

The spirit of the Irish will be present in the green waters of the Chicago River. It will also show up in the Irish dancers and bagpipers in several parades and festivals. You’ll see it in the Irish food in many restaurants and pubs.

 

That’s because Chicago has a high concentration of residents [...]

Diversion Expansion Good News If You’re Hit with Possession in Chicago

People who are arrested on certain drug possession charges in Chicago now have two choices: treatment or sentencing. This year, police will be expanding a diversion program for low-level offenders to the whole city of Chicago based on success on the city’s West Side.

 

What happened there?

 

In 2016, Chicago police instituted a diversion program on the West Side to curb the high death rate from fentanyl and heroin overdoses. One report indicated that over 18,000 West Side [...]

The Best Ways to Defend against Illinois State Drug Trafficking Charges

One of the risks of using illegal drugs is that it is relatively common to also be charged with drug trafficking in addition to possession. Technically, trafficking can apply to any drug amount, but trafficking charges are typically associated with larger quantities.

 

Importantly, even if the drugs were intended for personal use, the type, amount, or weight of the controlled substances in question may lead law enforcement to believe that you are a drug trafficker and press charges [...]

Should You Take a Plea Bargain for Your Illinois Drug Charge?

When someone is charged with a crime on television or in movies, the defendant typically ends up going to trial and a jury either finds them guilty or not guilty. However, while that does happen in the real criminal justice system, most defendants don’t ever actually end up in a dramatic courtroom trial.

 

According to a 2012 New York Times article, “97 percent of federal cases and 94 percent of state cases end in plea bargains.” Said another way, [...]

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What Happens If You Aren’t Read Your Miranda Rights in IL?

Criminal Defense | Miranda Rights

It’s a common trope in crime TV: someone is arrested and they’re told they have the right to remain silent, among other things.

This is what most people think of when they hear the term “Miranda Rights,” and these rights are legally guaranteed to all US citizens should they be arrested. There’s more to your Miranda rights than simply not having to speak, though.

These rights are an integral part of keeping the justice system fair, impartial, and unbiased. Law [...]

How “Job Placement Fees” Can Equate to IL Involuntary Servitude

Involuntary Servitude

One of the great benefits of capitalism is that people are guaranteed pay for the work they do. The US has one of the most robust economies in the world, along with a high standard of living.

These factors combined make the US, and particularly large cities like Chicago, attractive to immigrants.

That said, because many migrant workers don’t have any resources in the US, they are vulnerable to exploitation.

Involuntary Servitude and Immigrants in Illinois

Involuntary servitude is the [...]

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