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Drug Possession

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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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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Jun. 8 2017

Did Your Memorial Day Celebrating Lead to Criminal Charges?

Did Your Memorial Day Celebrating Lead to Criminal Charges?
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Have you ever been to a party busted up by the cops? Last month, 15 teenagers in Lincolnshire were arrested for underage drinking at a house party. After receiving a report, officers heard loud music, saw people running away, and found “several cans of alcohol” on the front lawn. The [...]
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Mar. 30 2017

Meth for a Video Game System? Yes, That’s a Crime in Illinois

Meth for a Video Game System - Yes, That's a Crime in Illinois
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Stealing is a crime. Stealing in order to obtain meth may bring more serious charges if you are caught with the drug. The person who offers to trade meth in order to get you to commit theft, though? They’re probably going to face severe penalties – and they may even make [...]
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Jan. 4 2017

Got Busted for Partying in Illinois This Holiday Season?

Got Busted for Partying in Illinois This Holiday Season
Posted By: Sami Azhari

The holiday season is a great time to let loose and enjoy a party or two with your friends or family. Sometimes parties can get a bit out of hand, though. If your brand of “letting loose” involved marijuana or another illegal substance and the cops caught you with it, you’re going to be [...]
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