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Drug Charges Archives

The War on Drugs is changing, but drug crime penalties still harsh

More and more, observers and authorities, including President Obama, have acknowledged that America’s “War on Drugs” has been a failure. Millions of people are spending years in prison or otherwise under institutional control for non-violent drug offenses. A disproportionate amount of these people are racial minorities, leading critics to charge that federal drug laws are discriminatory.

The Supreme Court rules on analogue drug issue

Over the past several days, the United States Supreme Court has issued several important decisions. The media and the public are understandably lending the majority of their focus to the same-sex marriage decision released today and the healthcare decision released yesterday. However, another important decision was handed down this June. Although this decision will not affect as many Americans as the two high-profile decisions just mentioned, it will affect a smaller number of Americans in truly significant ways.

The trial penalty and what it often means for drug offenders

Drug crimes are among the most frequently and heavily prosecuted offenses. And when it comes to heavy-handed prosecution, the federal government is the undisputed leader. The vast majority of federal drug crime cases never make it to trial, because defendants usually opt for a plea deal. Is this because federal prosecutors always have the evidence they need to convict? The answer is no, but they do have broad powers that allow them to coerce guilty pleas even from some defendants who have not committed a crime.

LEAD program tackles drug problems with support, not punishment

There has long been an argument regarding how to respond to drug offenses. On one side, there are those who support efforts to come down hard on people who violate drug crimes to send a strong message that such actions will result in harsh penalties. On the other side are those who believe that it would instead be better to help people in this situation rather than punish them.

Changes coming to Illinois drug charge penalties, prosecution

For quite some time, there has been a contentious dispute over drug crimes and enforcement. While some people believe that targeting drug offenders and handing down harsh punishment is an effective way to send a message and put criminals in jail, critics of the current system argue that it is racially discriminatory and putting unnecessary strain on our legal resources.

Under investigation for a federal drug crime? Know your rights

Federal drug investigations are typically quite extensive; enormous amounts of resources are dedicated to the processes of investigating, prosecuting and sentencing for these offenses. Cases involving drug trafficking, conspiracy and virtually any suggestion that there is a drug ring or extensive network of alleged criminals making, buying or selling drugs often calls for an aggressive law enforcement response.

The serious consequences of drug offenses in Chicago

For decades, the War on Drugs in the U.S. has resulted in massive arrest efforts and pushes to maximize penalties for even minor offenses. However, critics of this so-called war have been quick to point out that these law enforcement tactics have done little more than contribute to overpopulation in jails and skyrocketing numbers of people with criminal records.

In drug crimes cases, what court you're in makes a difference

There are a lot of laws on the books to address drug abuse and marketing of drugs in the United States. Every state, including Illinois, has its set of laws. The federal government has its laws, too. As you work your way down through the various levels of jurisdiction you find that individual counties and cities may have their own ordinances related to this issue.

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