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The Flawed Nature of Unreliable Roadside Drug Tests Used by PoliceIt can cost the police just $2 to haul someone to jail on a drug crime. These $2 drug test kits have been used for over half a century and tens of thousands of people are incarcerated because of them every year, according to ProPublica. In fact, 1.2 million people are arrested on an annual basis for drug possession, many of whom were brought in because of field test kits. But how accurate are these cheap drug test kits? The answer is not very. And, law enforcement agencies have known of their inaccuracies for a long time. In fact, in 1974 the National Bureau of Standards issued a statement warning that the kits “should not be used as sole evidence for the identification of a narcotic or drug of abuse.” However, this happens more often than not, as most drug cases do not go to trial; in the vast majority of cases the defendant pleads guilty and accepts a plea deal. Innocent people are being convicted of drug crimes because of inaccurate drug test kits every day. The war on drugs has resulted in millions of innocent casualties in the name of being tough on crime, which is, of course, a political cornerstone to winning elections, as documented throughout the generations.

Drug Field Test Kits Turn Positive for Cocaine When up to 80 Other Chemicals are Tested

The appeal of these kits is obvious: an officer can pull over a suspected drug user or possessor, insert a suspected controlled substance into a small tube (or various tubes), and wait just a moment for a color to appear. Unfortunately, these kits are incredibly inaccurate due to a variety of reasons. Operator error occurs when the tubes are broken in the wrong order. Environmental factors such as cold and heat can alter results. Lighting can make the colors difficult to discern. And lastly, the accuracy of the tests themselves is largely flawed. For example, a test used for cocaine reacts equally to cocaine as with 80 different chemicals, many of which are simply household cleaners.

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Fentanyl Charges in IllinoisFentanyl is a level II prescription drug used to treat patients who are recovering from surgery or those with chronic pain, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Increasingly, however, fentanyl is used for recreational purposes. It works by binding opioid receptors in the brain and increasing serotonin levels, bringing on a state of calm euphoria. Fentanyl, which is a pain killer 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, is similar to other opioid pain medications in that it is incredibly addictive. And, overdoses are becoming ever more common due to pharmaceutical companies pushing this highly addictive drug. In fact, 28,648 Americans died in 2014 due to opioid overdoses (including fentanyl) and heroin, which is another opioid derivative, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As such, the penalties you face for fentanyl possession, intent to sell, or distribution are severe--even more severe than drugs such as cocaine and heroin. If you have been charged with an opioid crime, such as possession, sales, or intent to distribute fentanyl, you need the assistance of an experienced drugs crime attorney at once.

Rising Death Toll Across Illinois Increases Penalties of Fentanyl Crimes

Deaths caused by synthetic opioids rose by 73 percent across the nation in the past five years, according to The Pantagraph. In Illinois, deaths from opioids rose by 120 percent in that time period. The cause for the severe increase in addictions that lead to deaths is likened to poor prescription drug monitoring systems, misleading labels and information about prescription drugs, and dishonest and aggressive pharmaceutical sales. However, it is not the pharmaceutical industries that are held accountable for these addictions. Instead, it is the user that will be stuck with the physical, financial, and legal consequences. Illinois is cracking down on illegal fentanyl possession, possession with intent to sell, and distribution.

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Illinois marijuana lawsThe consequences of drug charges extend beyond fines and potential jail time. The process is incredibly stressful for everyone involved, and those who face charges may endure scrutiny from family members.

Marijuana charges might not seem as serious as those related to harder drugs, but they can seriously compromise a person’s personal and financial opportunities. Fortunately, there are several defense strategies that may be able to convince the courts to dismiss or reduce the charges. An experienced criminal attorney can assess your case and develop a comprehensive defense strategy that represents your interests.

Medical Marijuana in Illinois

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drug crime defense, drug crimes, drug offense, drug trafficking, federal crime, Illinois criminal defense lawyer, intent to sell, search and seizureIn Illinois it is illegal to possess, sell, distribute, or manufacture any amount of certain illegal drugs. There are many different types of drug charges that one may face, depending on the specifics of the arrest and evidence obtained. For those charged with a drug crime, it is important to understand the different possible punishments and the most common defense strategies to beat the charges.

Possession:

You may be charged with a crime for possession of any illegal drug. The penalties for possession may vary depending the exact drugs you are charged with possessing, as well as the amount. Various other factors can weigh into the potential punishments, such as whether or not you were arrested near a school zone or if you have prior convictions for drug crimes.

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