Category Archives: Drug Charges

drug charges, marijuana possession, Naperville criminal defense lawyer, marijuana possession charge, criminal offense chargesAlthough the possession of a small amount of cannabis has been decriminalized in Illinois, you can be charged with a criminal offense for allegedly possessing more than 10 grams of the substance. If you are facing a criminal charge for marijuana possession, you can fight the charge with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Depending on your case’s circumstances, your defense strategy could hinge on one of the following factors.

You Possessed Less than 10 Grams

Possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less is a civil charge punishable by a fine of up to $200. Possession of more than 10 grams is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500 — for your first offense. For any subsequent offense, possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana can land you in jail for up to six years and leave you on the hook for a $25,000 fine.

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marijuana-related charges, Naperville criminal defense lawyer,  drug charges, marijuana decriminalized, civil charge In 2016, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana throughout the state. This does not mean marijuana is legal to possess in Illinois. Rather, it means that when an individual is found to possess a small amount of marijuana, he or she may face a civil charge, rather than a criminal charge. If you face any type of marijuana-related charge, you can fight it with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Although you will not face jail time or other criminal penalties for a civil charge, fighting your civil charge can clear your name and potentially enable you to avoid professional and social repercussions.

It Does Not Mean Marijuana is Legal to Possess

You cannot legally possess marijuana in Illinois without being a registered medical marijuana patient. You also cannot legally consume marijuana in any form while in public, nor can you legally purchase marijuana if you are not a medical marijuana patient.

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diversion program, Naperville criminal defense lawyers, Illinois drug offenders, drug offense, drug chargesBeing charged with a drug-related offense does not automatically mean you are heading to prison. You have many options when you are in this position, especially if you are a first time offender. One of these options is pursuing a diversion program, such as 410 probation.

The court does not have to grant a defendant’s request to enter a diversion program in lieu of incarceration or other punishment. It considers numerous factors to determine whether a diversion program is appropriate for an individual, such as the individual’s criminal record, whether he or she struggles with addiction, the defendant’s mental health, and the specific circumstances of the offense.

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drug trafficking, drug trafficking convictions, Naperville drug charge defense lawyers, illicit drug trade, drug-related offenseDrug trafficking is the act of participating in the illicit drug trade. There are many different ways an individual can be involved in the illegal drug trade, and these are all criminal offenses.

Like other drug offenses, there is no “one size fits all” charge for drug trafficking. The charge an individual faces for alleged involvement in the drug trade depends on the type and amount of drug he or she moved, where the offense occurred, and the individual’s previous criminal record.

Examples of Drug Trafficking

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DUI charges, Naperville DUI lawyers, sleep aids, drunk driving, criminal defense strategyGenerally, an image of a drunk driver comes to mind when you hear the term “DUI.” When a driver is found to have a higher blood alcohol concentration (BAC) than the legal limit, he or she can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and, if convicted, face penalties that include fines, a driver’s license suspension, and even potential jail time. Drivers can also face DUI charges for driving while impaired by other substances, both legal and illegal.

Alcohol’s effects on drivers are well-known. It can impair a driver’s perception of his or her environment and ability to judge distances and speeds. The effects other drugs can have on drivers are not as well-known.

Below are four drug categories and how their use can affect drivers. When you are prescribed medication, always discuss its side effects with your doctor and do not drive after taking the medication until you know how it affects you.

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