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Illinois drug charges lawyer

When a child has been exposed to drugs or witnessed drug use by their parent or caregiver, the adults involved may be charged with child abuse or neglect. Child endangerment may also extend to infants who have been born with drugs in their systems. Child abuse or neglect can include any of the following scenarios:

  • Drugs are being manufactured with a child present or in a child’s home;
  • Drugs are being sold or given to a minor;
  • Minors are present during the sale or sharing of drugs between adults;
  • Caregivers are under the influence of drugs and cannot properly care for a child; and
  • Drug manufacturing ingredients are being used or stored with a child present.

Child Abuse and Neglect in Illinois

Drug-related child abuse involves an adult caregiver, whether it is a parent or other household member, or even a babysitter, using, selling, or manufacturing drugs in the child’s presence or where the child lives. This does not mean only inside of the home, but also in the garage, other outbuildings, or anywhere on the property. 

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Defending Against Illinois Drug Possession ChargesA conviction for drug possession can have a tremendous impact on your life, affecting everything from your family to your job to your educational opportunities. Aside from the fact that you now have a drug offense in your history that will appear in any criminal background check, a conviction on a drug offense may bar you from certain government benefits in the future and impede your ability to support yourself and your family. While the penalties for drug possession differ under Illinois law according to the type and amount of drug, as well as other related factors, even a first-time conviction for any drug offense can have negative effects on your future.

Defining Drug Possession Under Illinois Law

In the state of Illinois, it is illegal to possess, sell, distribute, or manufacture any amount of certain illegal drugs. Possession is the most simple drug offense under Illinois law; the state can charge you with a crime if you possess any amount of any illegal drug.

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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, possession of marijuanaRepresentative Kelly Cassidy recently re-introduced House Bill 4357, which would replace criminal penalties for the possession of minimal amounts of marijuana with a civil fine. The new bill is a variation of the same law that was proposed last year and sent back to the General Assembly, with suggested amendments, by Governor Bruce Rauner.

House Bill 4357

If passed, the new law would significantly decrease the severity of current penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana by making the crime a civil infraction punishable only by a fine. Under the proposed bill, someone charged with possessing 10 grams or less of marijuana commits a civil law violation and is subject to a fine of between $100 and $200.

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