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Rolling Meadows, IL criminal defense attorney drug crimes

No matter what your feelings are on the subject, the truth of the matter is that more and more states have been legalizing the use and possession of recreational marijuana for adults. Currently, marijuana is still illegal by the standards of the federal government and classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and does not have any medical benefit. However, since states have the ability to create and implement their own laws, there are some states in the country that allow adults to consume and possess marijuana, although there are typically specific laws that must be followed. In Illinois, there are strict laws pertaining to the usage, possession, manufacture, distribution, and transportation of marijuana products in Illinois. Breaking these laws could result in misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the severity of the criminal offense.

Illinois Marijuana Possession Laws

Recreational marijuana possession only just recently became legal in Illinois. In fact, 2020 was the first year during which adults could legally use cannabis without also possessing a valid medical marijuana ID card. Though it is legal to use, there are limits to how much cannabis or cannabis-based products you may possess at any one time. As long as you are over the age of 21, you are permitted to possess up to:

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Arlington Heights, IL criminal defense attorney concealed carry violation

Across the United States, the process for being legally permitted to own and conceal carry a firearm is different, depending on which state you are a resident of. In Illinois, the process to purchase a firearm as well as the process to obtain a concealed carry license (CCL) can be lengthy and considered a hassle by some, but it has protections in place meant to keep citizens safe. When these processes are not followed or are otherwise violated, you can actually be charged with a crime and face the penalties for it. If you are facing any type of weapons violation, an Illinois criminal defense attorney can build a strong defense on your behalf and in some cases, reduce or eliminate your charges altogether.

Types of Violations

In Illinois, the Firearm Concealed Carry Act is the legislative text that governs the issuance, distribution, revocation, violation enforcement, and use of concealed carry licenses. Here are a few of the main violations regarding CCLs:

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Rolling Meadows, IL DUI defense attorney

One of the most common crimes committed on the roads of Illinois is driving while under the influence (DUI). According to data from the Illinois Secretary of State, there were more than 26,200 drivers arrested for DUI across the state of Illinois in 2019. Being charged with driving while you are impaired can result in serious penalties, such as jail time, driver’s license revocation, and fines. However, certain circumstances can dictate how severe your penalties are, including what your BAC level is. In Illinois, a higher BAC could also mean a more serious sentence. Hiring an Illinois DUI defense lawyer is strongly advised if you are facing any kind of DUI charge.

Illinois DUI Charges and Your BAC

Before you are even arrested, the officer who pulled you over will likely begin to evaluate you to determine if you are intoxicated or impaired in any way. You may be asked to submit to field sobriety tests, which may consist of a walk-and-turn test, one-leg-stand test, or possibly even a preliminary field breathalyzer test. A breathalyzer is an important tool in determining whether or not a person is impaired because it can inform the officer of the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC).

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Arlington Heights, IL criminal defense attorney child endangerment

In today’s world, everyone is busier than ever, especially parents. Every second of every day seems to be filled with something, making it necessary to save time anywhere you can. In some cases, there just is not enough time to take your child in and out of their car seat every time you have to run an errand, especially if you are just making a quick stop, such as picking up prescriptions. According to Safe Kids, around 14 percent of parents have admitted to intentionally leaving their infants, toddlers, and kindergarten-aged children in a parked vehicle. While this may seem convenient to some, you could end up facing serious criminal charges in Illinois if you leave your child unattended in a vehicle. 

Understanding Child Endangerment Charges

According to the Illinois Criminal Code, child endangerment can be defined in two different ways. Child endangerment can mean:

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Rolling Meadows, IL criminal defense lawyer drug possession

For most people, the thought of drug crimes elicits images of dangerous substances such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin. What many people fail to realize is that “street drugs,” such as cocaine and the like, are not the only type of drugs that you can get into trouble for possessing. Certain drugs that are used to treat medical conditions are technically legal to possess and consume -- but only if you have a valid prescription. If you do not have a current prescription and you are caught in possession of these drugs, you could be charged with prescription drug possession, which is a serious crime in Illinois.

What Substances Are Illegal Without a Prescription?

As a way to classify the different types of drugs, the United States federal government has established a schedule of controlled substances. Some illegal drugs are not as dangerous as others and therefore, crimes involving different substances should not be punished in the same ways. Some of the most notorious illegal drugs include those such as LSD, ecstasy, and fentanyl, but you can also be charged with possessing prescription drugs that are typically prescribed by a medical doctor. Examples of controlled prescription drugs include:

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