Category Archives: Drug Crimes

What You Need to Know About the New Cannabis Laws in Illinois

Starting on January 1, 2020, residents and non-residents of Illinois 21 years of age or older will be permitted to possess, consume, use, purchase, obtain, and transport certain amounts of cannabis which do not exceed the legal limits set forth in the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. Personal Use: Illinois residents 21 years of age or older will be permitted to possess: Thirty (30) grams of cannabis flower, Five hundred (500) milligrams of THC contained in cannabis-infused products, Five (5)Continue reading

Landscape Changes Regarding Illinois Marijuana Laws

On May 29, the Illinois State Senate passed a bill that approved the use of recreational marijuana. Two days later, Michael Madigan and the House also voted in favor of this bill, confirming Illinois as the next state in the Union to go forward with legalization. With Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker having campaigned on the promise of legalizing recreational marijuana, many in the state are thrilled that it is now finally becoming a reality. However, as with any bill’s progressContinue reading

Drug Possession and Delivery

What is the charge of drug trafficking? Drug trafficking involves the movement of any type of illegal drug, including cannabis, into Illinois from any other state for the purpose of distribution. The State must prove that the illegal drug came into Illinois from a location outside of this State. A drug trafficking charge is one of the most serious drug crimes as it carries a penalty that doubles the potential prison sentence that exists for the simple delivery of the drug independent of theContinue reading

Marijuana drug crimes – Ooh that smell

By Steve Haney posted in Drug Crimes on Saturday, March 16, 2013 The band Lynard Skynard years ago wrote a popular song about the very unique odor of marijuana.  It is an odor unlike any other and can be difficult to disquise.  The odor of marijuana has become a powerful tool for law enforcement for executing car searches for drug crimes in Joliet, Will County, Illinois. Once a police officer makes a traffic stop on a car, his ability to conduct a search of the vehicleContinue reading

Major Drug Seizures in Chicago Raise Increased Trafficking Fears

On behalf of Law Office of Steven Haney posted in Drug Crimes on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Recently, law enforcement authorities in Chicago seized major quantities of crystal methamphetamine – an illegal rock-like drug. According to court records, the first seizure occurred after an informant told the Drug Enforcement Agency and Chicago investigators that he had been approached about accepting delivery of a shipment of crystal meth. Based on this information, the police seized the shipment of 17 pounds of the drug.Continue reading

Court Mandated Drug Testing

By Steve Haney on Sunday, January 26, 2014 Court mandated drug testing for drug crimes is the norm in the jurisdiction where I practice, which is Joliet, Will County, Illinois.  A handful of years ago, it did not exist.  It has evolved to the point where ANYONE charged with a drug related offense will be required to mandatory drug test.  A positive test results in immediate incarceration.  An incarceration that, typically, lasts until a clean test occurs. Science dicates who statisically fallsContinue reading