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Drug Crimes

Apr. 11 2020

Chicago Police Cite and Release on Drug Possession for Health Safety

Chicago Police Cite and Release on Drug Possession for Health Safety
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Police departments in major cities around the country are doing their best to contend with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This means prioritizing the safety of both the public and officers. One solution that many departments have come up with is to begin issuing citations for [...]
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Jan. 22 2020

What the New Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act Means for You

What the New Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act Means for You
Posted By: Sami Azhari

As of January 1st, 2020, newly enacted marijuana laws have come into effect in the state of Illinois. These new laws have drastically changed the legal landscape in terms of the rights and freedoms afforded to Illinois residents as they pertain to the cultivation, possession, sale, and [...]
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Dec. 12 2019

Are Plea Deals to Illinois Drug Charges a Smart Idea?

Are Plea Deals to Illinois Drug Charges a Smart Idea?
Posted By: Sami Azhari

You might be surprised to learn that 90 to 95% of both federal and state cases end in plea bargains. This is an agreement between the defense and the prosecution to resolve the case and avoid going to trial. The prevalence of plea bargains suggests that there’s something in them for both [...]
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Sep. 27 2019

If You Fail a Drug Test at Work, Can You Be Charged in Illinois?

If You Fail a Drug Test at Work, Can You Be Charged in Illinois?
Posted By: Sami Azhari
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Maybe you found the perfect position, aced the interview, and now the only thing standing between you and the job you’re after...is a drug test result. Or perhaps you’ve been selected for a random drug screening at your workplace. Or you’re on probation or parole, and testing is just part [...]
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Jul. 26 2019

Everything You Need to Know about Drug-Free Zones in Illinois

Everything You Need to Know about Drug-Free Zones in Illinois
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Drug-free zone laws enhance criminal penalties for drug crimes committed near places frequented by children like public schools and parks. The idea is to keep drugs and the violence, theft, and prostitution crime often associated away from children. Although the principle behind drug-free [...]
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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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