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Student receives reduced charges and probation after pleading guilty

A student from the University of Illinois was sentenced after pleading guilty to the Class 3 felony of one count of possession of cannabis with intent to deliver between 30-500 grams, according to the News-Gazette on May 27.

For pleading guilty, the student received a reprieve on more serious charges brought against her, including the intent to deliver LSD and ecstasy. In addition to being expelled from school, she received two years of probation, four months of electronic home detention, 100 hours of community service, and a hefty fine of $15,600.

Two other students were charged with similar crimes; all three had been under covert investigation for about a year.

The attorneys at Bruno Law Offices help those who have been charged with drug crimes in the Champaign area achieve the best possible results from their case. If your future is at risk because of charges brought against you, enlist the help of our legal team by calling 217-328-6000 today.


Hoopeston man arrested for cannabis possession

Thirty-four-year-old Hoopeston, Illinois resident Kareem Marshall is currently detained at the Champaign County Jail with a $10,000 bond after being arrested for charges of felony unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis, The News-Gazette reported on December 31.

A police report showed that Marshall, holding a duffel bag, asked the clerk on duty at the front desk of a Residence Inn located at 502 W. Marketview Drive C for a key to a room under his girlfriend’s name. The clerk called the police after becoming suspicious of a marijuana smell in Marshall’s presence. The police knocked on the door of Marshall and his girlfriend’s room, but they were not answered.

Police arrested Marshall behind the motel building, where they found him crouched behind an electrical box with the duffel bag on the ground.

A leafy substance inside the duffel bags tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, a substance found in the cannabis plant, the police report showed. The three bags weighed 502.5 grams, 138.2 grams, and 14.3 grams, respectively.

The attorneys at Bruno Law Offices are well-known and respected in the field of criminal defense in the Champaign-Urbana areas in Illinois. If you are facing criminal charges, it is critical to the success of your case to immediately enlist the help of a criminal defense attorney, who will work on behalf of your rights and interests. Call our offices today at (217) 328-6000 for an initial consultation with our legal professionals today.


Woman Sentenced to Probation in Connection to Drug Charges

A 20-year-old woman was recently sentenced to 4 years of probation after being convicted on Class 1 felony charges, which can carry sentences as high as 15 years in prison. The woman was accused of being part of a drug selling ring operating in Urbana, IL, and was one of five people arrested on February 2, 2013 outside of a concert at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Since being arrested, the young woman resumed her college coursework, secured a job at a bank, and also began volunteering with a children’s disability group.

At the time of her arrest, the woman had 44 MDMA pills on her, and others in the group were accused of attempting to sell cocaine, Ecstasy, nitrous oxide, cannabis, and LSD to college students. Other members of the drug distribution group have received prison sentences up to 12 years. One final individual was arrested in connection with this group, and was charged with money laundering.

To read more about this case, click here.

If you are facing drug charges of any kind, you need an experienced attorney on your side to help you fight these charges. For the experienced representation you need, contact Bruno Law Offices today by calling (217) 328-6000.


Marijuana found in one of Justin Beiber’s tour buses

Prior to Canadian teen singer Justin Bieber’s performance at the Joe Louis Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, June 28, police authorities confiscated a sufficient amount of marijuana for personal use from one of his tour buses.

According to an e-mail sent by U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief public liaisons officer Kenneth Hammond to reporters on Monday, July 29, they were alerted by a report that Bieber’s bus was attempting to go into Canada through the Ambassador Bridge. The authorities’ raided Bieber’s bus, after trained dogs alerted them to the possible presence of marijuana. A small amount of marijuana intended for personal consumption and drug paraphernalia was found.

Our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices can provide anyone in Champaign charged with a drug crime with the skilled and competent legal representation necessary to protect their freedoms. Contact our office today at 217-328-6000 to schedule your initial consultation with us.


Medical condition saves drug cartel member from prison sentence

A 25-year-old Saybrook resident, who was a defendant in a McLean County drug trafficking case, was kept from getting almost a decade in prison due to a serious medical affliction that he has had since childhood.

Dustin Pulliam, who was involved in a massive marijuana shipment operation from California to multiple sources in McLean County, was given 36 months of probation instead of jail time through the Illinois Department of Corrections due to medical evidence showing that he has been suffering from cystic fibrosis since he was four months old.

Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary respiratory and digestive disease that clogs the lungs and obstructs the pancreas.

Pulliam pleaded guilty to a money laundering charge in December 2012, leading to the arrest of 23-year-old Nathaniel Nowlin (sentenced to 14 years) in California, 23-year-old Wesley Harvey of Ellsworth (sentenced to 9 years), Nowlin’s 66-year-old grandmother Michelle Donnell, and Nowlin’s brother Tylor, 22.

If you have been charged with drug crimes, whether similar to those that the defendants in this case faced or a different criminal charge, you deserve to defend your rights in court. And, with the help of our lawyers at Bruno Law Offices, you can present a strong defense for yourself. Call 217-328-6000 to discuss how we might be able to help.


Drug charges filed against Champaign man

Over the weekend, a 47-year-old Champaign man was arrested after police responded to a call regarding shots being fired near Fourth and Hill streets. According to the report, several shots were fired in the area, and two groups of men dispersed from the area before police arrived at the scene.

Once police arrived, they evacuated homes in the area where the shots were fired. A crashed pickup truck was discovered, and police obtained a warrant to search a home on Church Street. Once the police searched the home in the 400 block of East Church Street, they found drug paraphernalia, drugs, four separate handguns, and a Champaign man close to the premises.

The man was arrested, and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and the unlawful possession of a firearm. He pleaded innocent to the charges set against him, and his court date was set for December 11.

If you have been charged with drug possession in Champaign, please contact the drug crime lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000 today.


Man charged with drug possession in Urbana while out on bond

On May 5, a 38-year-old Urbana man was arrested after he was found in a vehicle with a substantial amount of heroin and cash on him. He was taken to jail and released on bond. He arrived in court for that charge last Tuesday, and his hearing was extended to July 24.

The man was still on bond last Thursday, two days after his court appearance for the initial charge, when he was arrested again. He was a passenger in a motor vehicle that was stopped by police around 3 p.m. in Champaign. A drug detection dog indicated to police that there were drugs in the vehicle.

Police discovered that the man had crack cocaine and heroin on his body. He was charged with intent to deliver narcotics and drug possession. He now faces charges for the two separate drug-related incidents, and if  he is convicted of both counts, he will have to serve the terms back-to-back.

If you have been charged with heroin possession, please contact the heroin possession lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000 today.


Meth drug bust in Algonquin

On Tuesday, Feb 2, McHenry County Sheriff’s Police seized 700 grams, or $25,000 worth of methamphetamine at an Algonquin home.

This was found to be unusual in the northwest part of Illinois, as the use methamphetamine is more common in the central and southern parts of the state. According to Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Bill Backus, “The greater Chicagoland area is still not seeing the prevalence in cases that we see in the southern and western part of the state…I have not seen or heard of any upswing of meth-related incidents…”

According to a 2007 Illinois Meth Project study, one in four teens in Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, and the surrounding areas said that locating meth is “very easy” or “somewhat easy.”

If you have been charged with drug possession, contact Champaign drug defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices, P.A. by calling 217-328-6000.


Urbana man sentenced to 12 years in prison for drug possession

Ricardo Hite, 57, of Urbana was sentenced to 12 years in prison for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

This is the latest in a series of drug-related offenses that Hite has been charged with. He was sent to prison for two prior drug cases.

Hite pleaded guilty to this recent offense in September, and police issued a search warrant of his home at the 1400 block of West Beardsley Avenue due to information obtained about recent drug buys.

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in the Champaign or Urbana areas, contact Champaign criminal defense lawyers at Bruno Law Offices today at 217-328-6000.


The various penalties for marijuana possession in Illinois

Under almost any circumstance, possession of marijuana is illegal in Illinois. For people convicted of marijuana possession, they face legal penalties that range depending on the amount of illegal substance in possession.

For instance, a person who is in possession of marijuana that weighs less than 2.5 grams could receive a Class C misdemeanor and face up to 30 days in jail and fines  up to $2500, according to the Illinois criminal penalty code.

If you have been charged with marijuana possession, contact the Champaign-Urbana marijuana possession defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.

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