For many young adults, college is a time for experimentation. It’s no secret that partying, drinking and drug use on college campuses is widespread. Getting caught with drugs can have far-reaching effects on a college student’s future. The following are three ways a drug possession charge can negatively impact college students: Jail time and fines. Possession of a controlled substance can be a misdemeanor or a felony.Continue reading
Category: Drug Crimes
Category: Drug Crimes
Can a police officer search my car?
If you have ever had a law enforcement officer in Illinois ask to search your vehicle, you may have been confused about what your rights were. Any request, whether made casually by an officer asking to “take a quick look in your car” or forcefully with your removal from the vehicle, must be backed by certain guidelines in order to be considered a legal move.Continue reading
How are drug penalties determined in Illinois?
Like most, you likely understand that there are a wide range of drugs and controlled substances out there in Chicago that may be being used both with and without medical authorization. Given that each varies in its potency and effect, it should be anticipated that if you are arrested on drug charges, the potential penalties that you may face will vary depending on the substancesContinue reading
Drug dogs, traffic stops and your rights
Being charged with a drug crime in Illinois can trigger a long chain of negative events in your life that are never really settled. In many cases, it becomes apparent after further investigation that your rights may have been violated, and you should not be prosecuted for the alleged drug possession or related charge. We at Ryan & Ryan, Attorneys at Law, have often providedContinue reading
Overview of what you should know about drugged driving
Drugged driving is the new buzzword circling around police departments and DA’s offices. There is a concern that as marijuana use becomes more widely accepted, it will also lead to an increase in rates of drugged driving. Comprehensive studies are still years away, but preliminary data from police departments do suggest an uptick in drugged driving arrests. This post will go over the changes in the law andContinue reading
The effect of marijuana legalization
Legalization seems to be sweeping the nation. Colorado and Washington both legalized the recreational use of marijuana. It is possible that more states will legalize in the future, so that you may be wondering, how do these laws affect you? This post will go over these changes and how they may affect you. It is important to note that legalization of recreational marijuana by state governmentsContinue reading
What are the elements of a drug manufacturing charge?
Drug manufacturing charges entail two separate elements. First, the prosecutor must establish that you possessed an illegal substance. Second, she must prove you intended to manufacture that drug. Generally, manufacturing charges are also paired with intent to distribute and other drug-related crimes. This post will address some of the nuances in these charges and how they could possibly affect you. For example, some cold medications are now regulated becauseContinue reading
Man facing drug charges sentenced to two years probation
Anyone who is in the throes of a drug addiction understands that a life dedicated to feeding a habit is both difficult and dangerous. A physical dependence can drive a person to behave in ways that are counter to his or her own best interests. And far too often, a practicing drug user risks experiencing an overdose, being arrested or being harmed when engaged inContinue reading
Drug kingpins convicted on trafficking charges
The leaders of a major Guatemalan drug trafficking organization were convicted in federal court. They were arrested in Guatemala pursuant to a U.S. warrant that charged each of them with one count of conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States. This is interesting because these individuals were convicted for their actions in another country based on the effect that it had in the UnitedContinue reading
A drug arrest can mean more than just drug charges
Methamphetamine, cocaine and crack are typically recognized as illegal drugs. Most everyone knows that if you are caught with one of these substances, you will likely face charges and prosecution. What you may not realize is that drug arrests can be made for more than just possession of illicit drugs. For example, if you are arrested with a pipe or a needle, then you mayContinue reading