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Category: Drug Possession

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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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