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Despite decriminalization efforts in other states, possession of any quantity of marijuana in Illinois is a criminal offense. Pursuant to 720 ILCS 550/4, any person who knowingly possesses marijuana in any measurable amount is subject to criminal liability. The effects of a marijuana charge on your record can follow you for the rest of your life and impact your career.
While the possession of marijuana or paraphernalia is a criminal offense in Illinois, every individual has rights that cannot be infringed upon in a marijuana possession arrest. The state has the burden of proof in showing that you knowingly possessed the marijuana. The police must also conduct their search within the bounds of the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution. A warrant is not always necessary, but the exception to the warrant requirement, what is called “exigent circumstances,” can be challenged if exigent circumstances did not exist. If an individual does not give consent to a search and exigent circumstances do not exist, the evidence can be suppressed.
A charge for possession of marijuana or paraphernalia can lead to jail time and a hefty fine. The long-term effects of such a charge could be even worse. With the help of a knowledgeable, confident attorney you can ensure that your rights are protected and achieve the best possible result in court. In some instances, the charges can be dismissed for drug treatment or educational programs. If the evidence is suppressed, your case will be thrown out and you will face no charge at all. At Pioletti & Pioletti, your initial consultation is free. We can personally discuss your situation and decide the best way to achieve the result you deserve.