Champaign Criminal Defense blog

September 1st, 2022

What You Need to Know About Your Cocaine Possession Charge

This can be a terrifying time if you have been charged with drug possession. You do not have to face it alone. An experienced defense attorney can help you fight for your rights and future. According to the FBI, there were approximately 712,000 arrests for drug possession offenses nationwide in the year 2020. Possession of...

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July 1st, 2022

How to Prove I’ve Been Wrongfully Convicted

The criminal justice system in the United States is supposed to convict those guilty of crimes and clear the innocent of any wrongdoing. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen, and sometimes, people are wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. There can be any number of reasons for a wrongful conviction, and if you were...

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April 1st, 2022

Five Things You Need to Know About Your Heroin Possession Charge

The state of Illinois is notorious for its toughness on drug crimes, and heroin possession carries particularly serious penalties. If you are convicted on charges of heroin possession, you will be seriously at risk of losing your rights or freedoms, possibly for years or even decades. The possession charges on your criminal record may seriously...

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January 1st, 2022

What’s the Difference Between a Federal and a State Charge?

If you have been arrested, it’s important to know whether you will be charged in state court or federal court. Usually, the local police departments and Sheriff’s offices handle state charges and other crimes are investigated by federal agencies such as the FBI and DEA. However, there are cases where you may be arrested by...

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December 1st, 2021

What Qualifies as Drug Paraphernalia?

When people think of drug crimes, one that’s often overlooked is possession of drug paraphernalia. But you don’t even have to have drugs on your person or in your home to be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. You can be arrested just for having certain items that are associated with consuming, manufacturing, or distributing...

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November 1st, 2021

Can I Get a Felony Expunged?

If you’ve been convicted of a felony crime, you may have served your time in prison and may have paid or are struggling to pay significant fines. Unfortunately, in many cases, life doesn’t just return to how it was before conviction. You may continue to feel the ramifications of your felony conviction for months and...

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October 19th, 2021

How to Avoid a Marijuana Possession Charge

Now that recreational marijuana use by adults is legal in Illinois, I can’t get arrested for possession of marijuana, right? Wrong. Although Illinois has relaxed certain restrictions relating to an adult’s possession and use of recreational marijuana, you can still be arrested and face stiff penalties for violating numerous regulations that are still in place....

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September 18th, 2021

How to Beat a DUI

You thought you were driving just fine. The traffic cop currently on your tail begs to differ. You completely flubbed the field sobriety test, and you just blew a .09 BAC on the Breathalyzer. Now what? You’re in big trouble, and it will go from bad to worse very quickly unless you get the highly...

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January 15th, 2017

Four Chicago residents accused of hate crime

Four people were charged with hate crimes, kidnapping, aggravated battery, and aggravated lawful restraint on Thursday, January 5 in relation to a video posted on Facebook that showed them assaulting a man. Authorities said they found the disoriented victim wandering the streets and were able to surmise that the assault had gone on for hours. The...

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January 12th, 2017

Gang rap videos used in murder trial still questionable

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis issued a ruling that two violent gang rap videos cannot be used as “substantive evidence” in the defense of 18-year-old Champaign, Illinois resident Shamario Brown. Brown was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm, leading the judge to say the videos can be used to discredit the...

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