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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 marijuana DUI lawyerWhile medical marijuana became legal in Illinois in 2014, and despite the potential for future legalization of recreational cannabis, serious penalties remain in place for possession and irresponsible use of the drug. Here is a look at the various charges and punishments for a marijuana arrest in Illinois:

Marijuana DUI

Any person found to be under the influence of marijuana while driving can be charged with DUI, regardless of whether the individual is an approved medical marijuana card holder. In Illinois, a driver is considered impaired if they register a THC concentration of 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood or 10 ng/ml of another bodily substance. Medicinal marijuana card holders suspected of impairment must submit to field sobriety testing or face driver’s license suspension.

A first-time DUI can result in a six-month license suspension, and that duration increases with any subsequent offense. Some DUI offenders are eligible to keep their driving privileges with a monitoring device driving permit, which can be negotiated with the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney.

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