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DuPage County drug charges lawyer

Drug possession, distribution, and manufacturing are not the only drug charges in Illinois. It is also against the law to possess drug paraphernalia, and punishments can be substantial, especially if you are also arrested for one of the aforementioned drug crimes at the same time.

Drug Paraphernalia Laws 

According to Illinois law, drug paraphernalia includes equipment and materials used to consume, plant, grow, harvest, store, test, or conceal a controlled substance. This does not include items related to methamphetamine production or use, which are addressed under a different law. Pipes or bongs used to smoke marijuana, hash oil, cocaine, or synthetic drugs fit into this category, along with drug manufacturing and testing equipment, and drug cutting agents.

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DuPage County asset forfeiture defense lawyerIllinois law enforcement organizations maintain a steady flow of cash through the seizure of property confiscated from criminal suspects and those convicted of a crime. More than $30 million in property is taken each year through civil asset forfeiture, which allows confiscation from convicted persons and even citizens who do not end up facing criminal charges. Additionally, research indicates that these seizures disproportionately affect poor and minority communities. 

If your property has been seized by law enforcement, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can determine the validity of the actions taken by police and who will stand up for your rights in court.

Illinois Asset Forfeiture Laws

Asset forfeiture is the legal process in which the government can confiscate an individual’s property. It can be enacted under state or federal law if investigators believe the property was used in a crime or if it was purchased with proceeds from a crime. Asset forfeiture is commonly used in drug cases and white-collar crime cases. Seized property is typically sold by the government at auction for a profit, unless the property owner acts quickly with the help of a skilled attorney. 

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DuPage County DCFS child abuse neglect defense lawyerThe Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) maintains a stated mission of protecting children who are victims of abuse or neglect. DCFS receives thousands of calls each year from citizens reporting child neglect or abuse, and it starts an investigation into each allegation within 24 hours. 

Many calls come from family members who are directly affected as well as outside witnesses. Some cases involve teachers or other individuals who believe abuse or neglect may have occurred. If you are being investigated by DCFS, it is critical to secure legal representation from a skilled defense attorney who can protect your rights, and, if necessary, appeal the findings of a DCFS report. 

Here are the steps included in the DCFS investigation process:

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Wheaton juvenile crime defense attorney school threatsWith horrific incidents like last year’s shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, any threat conveyed toward an elementary school, middle school, or high school is taken very seriously. Teachers, school administrators, and law enforcement want to ensure students’ and teachers’ safety, even if it means a full investigation of joking interactions between students. The primary goal is to make sure no valid threat goes unnoticed. 

With that in mind, a student who makes threats against a school can face dire consequences that may affect their ability to attend school now and in the future.

Threats of Violence and False Alarms 

Illinois law classifies threats against schools as disorderly conduct. Charges are universal for juveniles and adults, and because of zero-tolerance policies, charges are always filed. This includes:

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