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Drug Crimes

May. 30 2019

Drug Trafficking in Illinois Comes with Mandatory Minimums

Drug Trafficking in Illinois Comes with Mandatory Minimums
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Generally, the term “mandatory minimums” is associated with federal courts. However, Illinois state courts also have mandatory minimums for a variety of crimes, including drug trafficking. Mandatory minimums are controversial in that a mandatory minimum prison sentence must be imposed [...]
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May. 26 2019

When Prom Adventures Turn Into Illinois Criminal Charges

When Prom Adventures Turn Into Illinois Criminal Charges
Posted By: Sami Azhari

‘Tis the season for prom night shenanigans, and while it can be a harmless evening of fun for high school students as the academic year comes to an end, it’s also a dangerous time for teens. Prom night adventures can lead to serious or even fatal incidents, as well as the legal trouble [...]
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Apr. 24 2019

Illinois Drug-Sniffing Dogs: When Are They Legal?

Illinois Drug-Sniffing Dogs: When Are They Legal?
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Music festival season is coming soon in Illinois -- but the fun of Lollapalooza or Pitchfork may come to a halt once festival-goers see drug-sniffing dogs. In 2014 alone, 34 people were arrested and over 100 were issued citations at Lollapalooza thanks to the work of drug-sniffing [...]
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Feb. 14 2019

Illinois Is Addicted to Heroin: What If You’re Charged with Trafficking It?

Illinois Is Addicted to Heroin: What If You’re Charged with Trafficking It?
Posted By: Sami Azhari

In 2013, the governors from five states – including Illinois – met to devise a regional strategy to combat overdoses and the abuse of heroin and other opioids, deeming the situation a crisis of epidemic proportions. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin led the discussion, as that state was [...]
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Dec. 27 2018

Concurrent Versus Consecutive Sentences for Federal Drug Trafficking

Concurrent Versus Consecutive Sentences for Federal Drug Trafficking
Posted By: Sami Azhari

A federal jury convicts a defendant of two drug trafficking charges (multiple charges are common in drug trafficking cases). The judge sentences the defendant to five years in prison for Count 1, and two years in prison for Count 2, with the sentences to be served consecutively. What’s the [...]
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Nov. 13 2018

Illinois Possession Charges Are Based on the Type of Drug

Illinois Possession Charges Are Based on the Type of Drug
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Not all Illinois drug possession charges are created equally. For one, if you have over a specified amount, you can be charged with trafficking or possession with intent – a big step up in steps of the severity of the consequences you will face if convicted. Unfortunately, there’s not [...]
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Sep. 20 2018

Drug Trafficking: Strategies to Beat Your Charge in Illinois

Drug Trafficking: Strategies to Beat Your Charge in Illinois
Posted By: Sami Azhari

If you are facing drug trafficking charges in Illinois, you can fight back with the help of a skilled criminal attorney. Here are the most common strategies that can help you be successful in your fight. Illinois Drug Trafficking Defense Strategies In Illinois, drug trafficking is a serious [...]
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Jul. 13 2018

You’re Riding the L Train – Can Cops Just Search You for Drugs?   

You're Riding the L Train – Can Cops Just Search You for Drugs?   
Posted By: Sami Azhari

If you are riding a bus or train in Chicago, can the cops conduct a search on you for drugs? Are you always protected against searches and seizures? Learn more about search and seizure laws and how they apply to drug trafficking in Illinois. How Fourth Amendment Protection Applies to Illinois [...]
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Jun. 21 2018

Strategies You Can Use to Battle Illinois Drug Possession Charges

Strategies You Can Use to Battle Illinois Drug Possession Charges
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Drug possession charges are typically not as serious as other drug-related charges, but having a conviction on your record could lead to higher penalties and complications in the future. The penalties for having controlled substances on your person range from minor misdemeanors and fines to [...]
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Feb. 2 2018

Facebook “Secret Groups” Targeted by Chicago Cops in Gun and Drug Bust

Facebook "Secret Groups" Targeted by Chicago Cops in Gun and Drug Bust
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Most people go to Facebook do stay connected with people, see what’s trending, or secretly check in on their exes. It isn’t exactly known as a hotbed of criminal activity. However, that didn’t stop Chicago police from infiltrating secret Facebook groups to make a big gun and drug bust, [...]
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