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Category: Drug Possession

Mass Incarceration for IL Drug Crimes Are Real, but Just Part of Problem

Whether you are a police officer, a criminal defense lawyer, or someone who is facing violent crime charges, we can all agree: America has a prison problem.

 

How big is the problem? While our country has just under 5% of the world’s population, we account for 22% of the world’s prison population.

 

Why?

 

In recent years, a lot of fingers have pointed at The War on Drugs and federal drug crime laws. After all, half of the [...]

Is It a Crime to Fail a Drug Test in Illinois?

If you’ve ever been required to take a drug test, you know what a nerve-racking experience it can be – even if you haven’t been taking illicit drugs and shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

 

You may be concerned about the potential consequences should you fail a drug test. After all, this could be considered evidence that you have been using an illicit substance, right? Isn’t that a crime?

 

Fortunately, in most cases you will not face criminal [...]

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 [...]

What Amount of Drugs Gets You Charged With Possession in Chicago?

Less than a year after Governor Rauner decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, Illinois lawmakers are looking to make recreational marijuana legal throughout the state.

 

The measure follows the trend throughout the country (except at the federal level) to loosen laws on the drug. Previously, small amounts of marijuana would be considered a class B misdemeanor, and threaten up to six months behind bars. Now, offenders with up to 10 grams will only face a citation.

 

If proposals to [...]

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Men Aren’t Always the Aggressors in Illinois Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence cases are increasing nationwide and are being highlighted in the media as a major problem in society today. In turn, domestic violence has received broader attention from lawmakers — and rightfully so.

There is a hidden epidemic, though: men can also be domestic violence victims.

In fact, the subject of domestic violence against men is recognized so little that many male victims of domestic violence don’t even recognize they are being abused.

Because of these societal norms, in [...]

Ways to Defend against an Illinois Shoplifting Charge

Shoplifting / Retail Theft

Shoplifting is common; so much so that many people see it as being no big deal. However, shoplifting is in fact a criminal offense taken very seriously by retailers and the state of Illinois.

Were you aware that shoplifting as little as $300 in merchandise is an automatic felony punishable by 2-5 years in prison? That’s an easy sum to reach these days — a couple of shirts and a nice bag, really.

Additionally, regardless of the value of items [...]

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