Category Archives: Drug Possession

Chicago City Council Lowers Penalties for Possession of Marijuana

On behalf of Law Office of Steven Haney posted in Drug Possession on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 In late June 2012, the Chicago City Council voted 43-3 to approve a city ordinance that changes the possession of small amounts of marijuana from a crime punishable by arrest to one punishable by a ticket. Sponsored by Alderman Danny Solis, the ordinance will subject people in possession of 15 grams of marijuana or less to a fine of between $250 and $500. According toContinue reading

Illinois Seeks to Strengthen Synthetic Drug Laws

On behalf of Law Office of Steven Haney posted in Drug Possession on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 The use of synthetic drugs – substances that may have the same effects on the body as drugs like marijuana and cocaine – is on the rise. Part of the reason for the popularity of synthetic drugs is that they are easy to obtain since they are legal products that have legitimate household uses. Some legal products used as synthetic drugs include bath salts, potpourriContinue reading

Cook County Extends Pot Decriminalization

On behalf of Law Office of Steven Haney posted in Drug Possession on Thursday, September 22, 2011 A recent vote by the Cook County Board has expanded marijuana decriminalization to everywhere in Cook County that the Sheriff’s police patrol. Basically, the law states that anyone arrested for possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana will be simply issued a ticket instead of arrested. Update to Past Law There was already a law in place that applied to anyone in possession of 10Continue reading

Marijuana and DUI

By Steve Haney posted in In the News on Saturday, August 6, 2011 A recent Illinois Supreme Court opinion released on 4/21/11 in the People of the State of Illinois vs. Aaron Martin has raised the stakes significantly for all who use marijuana, or other drug, on an even casual, infrequent basis. Aaron Martin was involved in a car accident that caused the death of two people.  He was required to provide a urine sample, which showed trace amounts of methamphetamine.  There was noContinue reading

Drug Possession

By Steve Haney posted in Drug Possession on Sunday, July 17, 2011 Every drug possession charge is a felony offense in Illinois, with the exception of marijuana possession of less than 30 grams.  Of course, no one wants to deal with the repercussions of a felony conviction, if it can be avoided. For most felony drug possession charges, there are defense options to position the case to avoid any felony conviction from occurring.  This includes charges for the most commonly abused drugsContinue reading