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Category: Drug Trafficking

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 [...]

Order Illegal Drugs in the Mail, Get an IL Trafficking Charge

Ordering drugs in the mail over the so-called “dark net” has become popular with drug users and dealers alike. The dark net is (in theory) anonymous, and drugs ordered from these sources are generally cheaper and purer than street drugs. Plus, they don’t carry the risk of dealing with cartels or distributors.

 

Because this tactic is relatively new, many people believe that they stand less chance of being caught by law enforcement. However, police are now cracking down on [...]

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 [...]

Will Chicago’s DEA Cartel Crackdown Lead to Overzealous Policing?

Drug trafficking is a serious problem in any major city, including Chicago. Drug trafficking operations put more drugs into the hands of users, and bring violent crimes associated with the drug trade into the city. Mexican drug cartels are notoriously violent, and they are a primary source of many dangerous controlled substances.

 

The DEA recently announced a new initiative to target drug trafficking into Chicago by Mexican drug cartels. These plans call for a new enforcement group within Chicago [...]

When Chicago Drug Trafficking Becomes a Federal Offense

Drug crimes are some of the most common federal offenses. The “War on Drugs” has resulted in a higher incarceration rate than the world has ever seen before, and a large proportion of current inmates in federal correctional facilities are there for drug-related offenses.

 

One of the most serious federal drug offenses? Drug trafficking.

 

If you are charged with drug trafficking at the federal level, it comes with incredibly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences, among other penalties.

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

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Marijuana

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 [...]

Stealing from a Car – Even an Unlocked One – Is Burglary in Illinois

Burglary

For many, burglary and theft are two very different things – one just means taking things that don’t belong to you, while the other refers to breaking into a house or store to take those things. While there is some truth to that line of reasoning, it’s not completely correct. The legal definition of burglary can be much different, and more encompassing, than what most people often assume.

Take, for example, the case of three teenagers who were arrested in [...]

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