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Drug Trafficking Is A Serious Offense in Illinois

September 12th, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Drug Trafficking Is A Serious Offense in IllinoisDrug trafficking is one of the more serious drug offenses, as people are often found to be transporting large quantities of drugs into and around the state. The purpose behind trafficking illegal drugs is to import large quantities of drugs into the state in order to distribute and sell those drugs in a smaller quantity to others. That is why law enforcement takes the responsibility of catching a drug trafficker so seriously.

What Is Drug Trafficking?

Drug trafficking charges are based on the type of drug that is being trafficked across state lines. If you are caught with large quantities of illegal drugs in Illinois, you can be charged with trafficking:

  • Controlled substances, such as heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens, depressants, stimulants and prescription drugs, under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act;
  • Marijuana, under 720 ILCS 550/4(f)-(g), i.e. possession of cannabis in a quantity of more than 2,000 grams; or
  • Methamphetamines, under 720 ILCS 646/56 of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act.

Generally speaking, drug trafficking can be defined as knowingly bringing a controlled substance or illegal drug into the state of Illinois, with the intent to deliver the controlled substance or drug elsewhere. It does not matter if the drugs or controlled substances are counterfeit. If the defendant had knowledge that they were bringing a controlled substance or drug into Illinois, the defendant can still find themselves in hot water with the law even though there were no real drugs involved.

Multiple Types of Drugs, Multiple Offenses

What can make drug trafficking charges worse is that if a suspect is caught with a variety of different drugs, they can be charged with multiple offenses.

Furthermore, it is not uncommon for those who are charged with drug trafficking to also be charged with other drug-related offenses, such as drug possession, drug distribution, or possession with intent to distribute.

What Are Some Defenses to Drug Trafficking Charges?

If you have been charged with drug trafficking, you need to get in touch with an experienced drug offense criminal defense lawyer immediately. You may have some defenses available to you, and your lawyer will help you determine what those defenses are based on your particular situation. Some examples of defenses that might be available to you include, but are not limited to:

  • You had no knowledge that the drugs were in your possession;
  • You were entrapped by law enforcement to transport the drugs;
  • You were under duress when you trafficked the drugs; or
  • You were temporarily insane.

Contacting A Rolling Meadows Drug Offenses Lawyer

If you are facing criminal charges for possession, possession with the intent to distribute, or drug trafficking, you should reach out to an experienced drug offenses lawyer for legal guidance on what you can do about your charges. Please do not hesitate to contact a Rolling Meadows criminal attorney immediately. Our office can assist you throughout your case.

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=1941&ChapterID=53&SeqStart=5200000&SeqEnd=7900000

New Police Procedure to Battle Heroin Addiction in DuPage County

February 3rd, 2014 at 12:09 pm

DuPage Narcan Program IMAGEThe popularity of TV shows involving illegal drugs as a central theme could be seen as an indication of the issue’s presence in the everyday lives of many Americans. While not all people suffer from or are necessarily predisposed to drug addiction, the fact is that the use and abuse of illegal substances also carries with it an indirect effect on those people around the user. Those people affected may include friends and family, and can even extend so far as law enforcement, as is evidenced in a change in their procedure recently reported by a media outlet.

It was announced this week that the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office will now be carrying Narcan (Naloxone), a drug known to prevent heroin overdoses, in their squad cars. In doing so, they will become the first sheriff’s office in the state of Illinois to do so. The Sheriff’s Office is just one of the DuPage County’s Law Enforcement Agencies participating in the new DuPage Narcan Program (DNP).

Now, Sheriff’s Deputies will carry Narcan, which can reverse the process of a drug overdose and save the life of a drug user who may otherwise die. The logic is that often, deputies arrive on the scene of a reported incident before the paramedics or EMTs, and having them prepared to use the drug on a potential overdose victim could save a life. The change in procedure is, in part, a response to the 45 heroin related deaths that occurred in DuPage County in 2013.

While the Sheriff’s Office is still working to battle the presence of the drug in the community, the new Program serves to fulfill another aspect of their approach in directly helping those individuals who continue to struggle with addiction. Eventually, the idea is for the pilot program to prove successful enough to support the implementation of the new procedure in law enforcement agencies in all counties in the state of Illinois.

While this new procedure is ultimately meant to address a pressing issue faced by law enforcement when dealing with drug addicted individuals, the fact remains that that person will still have a host of other issues to deal with. Depending on the circumstances, they may be charged with multiple criminal offenses involving the possession of illegal drugs. In addition to fighting their addiction, they will have to also fight a legal battle in criminal court.

An experienced criminal defense attorney in Chicago can be invaluable in defending a client with drug charges. Our attorneys have a successful reputation of doing just that. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime in Illinois involving illegal drugs, contact us today for a consultation.

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