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Illinois Marijuana Laws

September 11th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

LucyMarijuana, Mary Jane and pot are all names for the drug that come from the plant Cannabis Sativa. It is a very common drug in high schools and colleges across the country and has even made its way into quite a few movies in recent years, like “21 Jump Street” and “Pineapple Express”.

It is a psychoactive drug that is sometimes inhaled from a rolled cigarette, or joint, but can also be consumed when mixed into recipes such as brownies, cookies, butter or candy.

According to the University of Illinois marijuana laws, the marijuana that is used today is as much as ten times stronger than it was in the early 1970s.

Effects of marijuana include an increased heart rate, dry mouth and throat, bloodshot eyes, sleepiness and increased appetite.

Not only is marijuana illegal in most states, including Illinois, possession and sale of marijuana is also against the policies of many colleges and universities, including the University of Illinois. If a student has been found with marijuana, he or she may find herself in serious legal trouble, as well as suffering consequences related to school and financial aid.

In 1988, the Federal Anti-Drug Abuse Act allowed the denial of Federal benefits to anyone who is in possession or involved with the trafficking of marijuana, whether it was students with financial aid or other citizens with federal assistance.

If a student is convicted with a first offense of possession of marijuana, he or she could lose financial aid for up to an entire year. This includes grants, loans, or professional licensing provided by the government.

Along with loss of financial aid, students at the University of Illinois may be put on probation or dismissed from the University. Although every college has its own rules, many school penalties are similar to these.

If you are a student who has been caught with illegal drugs and you are afraid of losing your financial aid or worse, contact a criminal attorney for help. Criminal attorney Chris Cosley is located in Rolling Meadows, Ill. and can help to keep you in school today.

 

 

Chicago Man Ends Up in Prison for Selling Drugs

March 24th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

LeeviA 21-year-old man has been sentenced to six years in prison for selling drugs to undercover Naperville police, according to a recent story in the Naperville Sun. Jermaine N. Moore was found guilty of a Class 1 felony charge of the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance on February 25. Drug charges should always be taken seriously. An experienced criminal defense attorney can significantly improve your chances of achieving success in the courtroom.

Moore and his sister, Kymtika D. Moore, were arrested two years ago. The arrest took place in a parking lot near McDowell Road and Route 59 on the city’s far northwest side. According to police, the arrests were made by a special police unit ending a month-long investigation concerning Moore’s criminal activities in Naperville.

Police said Moore was arrested “after he brought approximately 20 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $4,000 to sell in Naperville.” Kymtika Moore helped her brother by driving him to and from the locations where the drugs were sold. She was sentenced “to four days in DuPage County Jail on a charge of unlawful possession of less than 15 grams of cocaine” in December 2011. In addition, she was placed on two years of probation, had to serve 15 days in the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program, and had to pay $1,370 in fines and legal costs.

If you have been charged with drug possession or another drug crime, it is in your best interests to contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer who will defend your rights and make every effort to fight the allegations against you. Contact an Illinois drug charges attorney as soon as possible.

 

Cases Dropped Involving Schaumburg Police Officers

February 20th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

 A drug bust of a storage locker in Carol Stream has led to further arrests of police officers from Schaumburg.  The storage locker belonged to an informant who worked with the police.  When he was taken into custody, he had a very interesting story to tell.  He claimed that the police were supplying him with drugs seized from other drug dealers to sell on the streets.

The Carol Stream police investigated further and found that this was true.  DEA agents arrested the cops outside of the Woodfield Mall on January 16th.  John Cichy, Matthew Hudak and Terrance O’Brien were all tactical officers in the division that deals with drugs, gangs and other issues that require undercover work.

The police officers took drugs like marijuana, cocaine and cash from legitimate busts to make more money.  Now the men are facing a multitude of felony charges which could mean decades in prison.  The charges include manufacturing and delivering of illegal drugs, official misconduct, armed violence, theft, and criminal drug conspiracy.

Since these officers were arrested, Cook County prosecutors have dropped three felony drug charges against defendants who were arrested by the trio.  The state’s attorney has also decided that out of 19 cases that the officers worked on, 15 will be dumped.  It is assumed that the testimony of the officers would not hold up in court.

These people benefited from the crimes of their arresting officers.  It is not typical to have this happen, but the constitutionality of the arrest is something that legal professionals look at to limit the use of evidence.  Contact an experienced drug crime lawyer in Oakbrook who can review the particulars of your arrest.

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