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Drug charges can ruin lives

A well-known consequence of a criminal conviction is incarceration. However, jail time is only one of the many negative effects that a criminal charge can have on a person's life. Even if a conviction never happens, those in Illinois who are arrested and charged are often degraded in society and treated unfairly. A criminal charge can remain on a person's record and haunt that person for the rest of his or her life. Drug charges are among the most serious charges an individual can face.

A man in Monroe was recently arrested and now faces drug charges after a search of his home. According to reports, police were in the area of the man's home investigating a different incident when an officer caught the smell of marijuana coming from the man's home. Reportedly, the court issued a search warrant based solely on the officer's report of the smell.

Reportedly, officers executed the warrant and searched the man's home during the evening hours. Officers said they found packaged marijuana as well as two marijuana plants. Officers also found cocaine and drug paraphernalia, reports said. The man was arrested and charged with manufacturing and possessing tetrahydrocannobinol with intent to deliver, as well as other charges.

The state of Illinois has strict penalties for those who have been convicted of criminal offenses. Individuals who have been arrested and face drug charges have the right to speak with a legal representative. A knowledgeable and experienced litigator can protect individual rights while determining a strategy designed to achieve the best possible outcome.

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