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Does race play a role in Chicago traffic stops?

Many drug cases in Illinois find their start in a traffic stop. There are many different valid reasons for police to conduct a traffic stop on an individual. One thing, however, that one would hope would never be the reason behind a police officer deciding to pull a driver over is the driver's race. Worryingly though, a recent study raises serious concerns as to whether police decisions regarding who to conduct traffic stops on are actually racial-bias-free here in Chicago.

What constitutes drug paraphernalia possession in Illinois?

When it comes to possession crimes, the main thing that may come to a person's mind is drug possession, like marijuana possession, cocaine possession or heroin possession. However, it is important to note that drug possession in not the only type of drug-related possession crime here in Illinois. Another such crime is drug paraphernalia possession. Today, we will go over what constitutes the crime of drug paraphernalia possession under Illinois law.

Is a warrant required for police to search an impounded vehicle?

Sometimes, a drug case will come out of police discovering drugs during a search of a person's vehicle. When one thinks of vehicle searches, one probably thinks of searches conducted during traffic stops. Traffic stops, however, are not the only context in which vehicle searches sometimes occur. For example, police sometimes search vehicles that have been impounded.

Man arrested for drug possession over cactus plants

The vast majority of drug arrests fall along within a very limited scope. The substances seized are usually marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines or prescription drugs. A recent arrest, however, had Illinois police transporting an unusual substance back to the lab for testing. After the results were in, the man who was targeted in the drug raid will face a court under charges of drug possession and unlawful manufacture of drugs.

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