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Local man charged with selling cocaine near high school, church

All fifty states have passed laws increasing penalties for drug-related crimes committed with so-called "drug free zones" around schools and other institutions. In Illinois, the drug free zone for schools and churches is 1,000 feet. Drug-related crimes committed within these zones usually entail additional penalties upon conviction.

A resident of Mascoutah was recently arrested and charged with various drug crimes for selling cocaine and other drugs in two of these protected zones. The man was arrested near Mascoutah High School and charged with six felonies. He was charged with allegedly dealing or possessing illicit drugs, including cocaine. Two of the deliveries was alleged to have occurred within 1,000 feet of the high school. The man was also charged with dealing cocaine within the zone of protection.

Accused of thievery? Don't let the charge take your future

A theft charge can quickly impact your life by ruining your reputation and even threatening your freedom. Unfortunately, a theft conviction can also ruin your chances of claiming certain jobs in the future.

Fortunately, a theft charge is not an automatic prison sentence, no matter how severe the charge may be. Unless prosecutors can prove your charge beyond a reasonable doubt, a thievery conviction cannot happen in the state of Illinois.

16-year-old boy charged with fatally shooting friend

Youthful adventure can rapidly become tragic, especially if handguns are involved. Two Belleville teenagers were allegedly trying to frighten the residents of a house on West Main Street by firing shots into the dwelling when one of them is alleged to have accidentally shot the other. Now, one of the boys is dead, and the other has been charged with his murder. A competent criminal defense attorney may be the suspect's only hope to avoid conviction for a major crime.

According to police, the two boys were walking down an alley when they decided to fire shots into a dwelling. Police have said that neither boy knew the residents of the house. They walked from the alley toward the house, stopping a few feet away. One youth stood several feet behind the other. Police claim that when they turned to open fire, the boy who was further from the house allegedly shot his friend in the abdomen. The wounded boy was taken to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his wound. The Major Case Squad was called in to help Belleville police find the boy who allegedly fired the deadly shot.

Major Case Squad to investigate possible homicide in Cahokia

In May 1965, the police departments in the Greater St. Louis Area created the Major Case Squad to investigate cases that are especially difficult. Generally, such cases demand greater investigative resources than those possessed by individual police departments. The Major Case Squad presently includes eight counties in Illinois, including St. Clair and Madison.

The Major Case Squad was recently activated to investigate the possible murder of an 89-year-old World War II veteran whose body was discovered in the ashes of his home on October 18, 2017. The anticipated complexity of the investigation could give rise to legal strategies which a criminal defense lawyer may be able to exploit if a suspect is apprehended.

Belleville residents arrested on weapons charges

Recent episodes of gun violence involving automatic weapons have once again drawn the nation's attention to the fact that such weapons are available from a number of dealers, some lawful and some not. The recent arrest in Belleville of two men allegedly engaged in the sale of automatic weapons shows that local police are intent on enforcing the state's gun laws, and that persons who are charged with these violations may require a capable criminal defense attorney.

On October 11th, St. Clair County deputies responded to a tip that two men were using a motel room to assemble and sell automatic weapons. The deputies said that they obtained a search warrant and that they used it to gain access to the motel room. According to the police report filed in the case, deputies claim to have discovered several assault rifles, multiple handguns, dozens of fully loaded 30-round magazines, and thousands of loose rifle bullets. The deputies also alleged that the two men were using the room to assemble guns. None of the guns had serial numbers.

Traffic stop results in allegations of meth trafficking

This blog has noted on several occasions how a seemingly routine traffic stop can quickly become a cascade of more serious criminal charges. A woman stopped by police in nearby Marine, Illinois is now facing such allegations of various drug crimes relating to the transportation and sale of methamphetamine because of evidence discovered during that routine traffic stop.

According to the Marine police, the woman was stopped for an unspecified traffic violation. For reasons that have not been disclosed, one of the department's drug-sniffing dogs was directed to sniff the exterior of the woman's car. Police allege that the dog's reaction indicated the presence of a controlled substance. The police then say that they found 56 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle. The woman was subsequently taken into custody.

Drug possession can have serious consequences

Drug-related crimes are no laughing matter. The potential consequences can hurt you and your family for the foreseeable future. If you are facing a drug charge, the steps you take before and during your criminal trial are really going to matter.

Possession is probably the most commonly issued drug charge in the state of Illinois. To some, it may not seem like a big deal, but even a minor possession charge -- if prosecutors achieve conviction -- can result in you spending time in jail. So, what exactly is drug possession? What charges tend to accompany a possessions charge? Finally, how can you fight a possessions charge?

Conviction overturned after defendant serves entire sentence

Criminal defendants are usually happy when an appellate court reverses their convictions, but a Collinsville man may have had mixed feelings after his criminal conviction was reversed by an Illinois appellate court. His reception of the decision may have been lukewarm due to the fact that he had already served his entire sentence before the ruling was announced. The facts of the case and the grounds for reversal demonstrate again the wisdom of hiring a competent criminal defense counsel.

The defendant was convicted of concealing a dead body. The defendant had lived intermittently with two other men in a house in Collinsville. He testified that one of the men had strangled the third member of the trio and then asked him to help conceal it. According to the prosecution, the two men moved the body outside and covered it with a tarp. The defendant waited about 30 days before calling police and telling them about the body. A jury found the defendant guilty of concealing a dead body, and the court sentenced him to 30 months of probation. The probationary period ended more than 10 months before the court reversed his conviction.

Prosecutors drop illicit video charges against spa owners

This blog makes frequent reference to the presumption that all criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they have been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This presumption was undoubtedly a factor in the recent decision of Madison County prosecutors to drop illicit video recording charges against the owners of a medical spa in Godfrey, IL. The aggressive representation of the defendants' criminal defense team also played an important role.

The charges were levied against the co-owners of a medical spa and the person who installed the video system. The prosecutors alleged that the spa owners installed video cameras to record images of customers in the spa's changing rooms. The spa owners consistently contended that the cameras had been installed only for security purposes. The Madison County prosecutor attempted to meet this argument by claiming that Illinois law prohibits the non-consensual videotaping or televising of a person who is removing their clothing.

Meth-related drug charges increasing in southern Illinois

Southern Illinois is becoming a destination market for what most people consider a very dangerous and unpopular product. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, southern Illinois has become a popular destination for shipments of methamphetamine manufactured in Mexico. The DEA says that it has detected an increase in the sale and use of the illicit drug over the past 10 years. Local police officials note that drug crimes related to methamphetamine have likewise increased over the same period.

The increase in methamphetamine use is blamed on the ability of Mexican drug cartels to manufacture crystal meth that is both cheaper and higher quality than versions of the drug formerly sold in Belleville and neighboring communities. Apparently, the higher quality meth is easier to conceal, and so, according to police, more people are selling and using the drug. In addition, the cartels are selling the higher quality drug at the same price as the lower quality meth they formerly sold in the U.S.

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