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Several men facing serious drug charges in Illinois

Illinois authorities took various task forces into rural lands during a recent extensive drug investigation. The probe had been ongoing for more than a whole year and resulted in several men getting taken into police custody on drug charges. It appears the investigators involved came upon an elaborate marijuana-growing farm during their search and allegedly seized $170,000 in cash from that property and another location as well.

The situation recently culminated when officers showed up at two locations saying they were serving search warrants for the premises. One location was a private residence in McKinleyville; the other, a parcel of land far out in the country in Humboldt County. It was on that property that police say the men arrested were operating a massive marijuana-growing operation.

Illinois man facing murder charges following recent shooting

There's a man sitting behind bars in an Illinois jail cell whose bond has been set at $3 million. He reportedly went with police without incident when they approached him as he was walking along in a particular neighborhood before dawn on a recent Saturday morning. The state has filed murder charges against the man in relation to a shooting that occurred just after midnight that same day.

Authorities believe the man they have in custody may be connected with a local gang. They also think he is responsible for the death of a 34-year-old man who was allegedly shot while standing alongside a group of friends. Police say they believe the man they arrested acted in alliance with another person in the shooting.

A defense attorney can launch an investigation too

Being named subject in an official Illinois police probe can be extremely stressful. Many times, such situations amount to very little and are quickly concluded when authorities realize they were focusing on the wrong person or there isn't any evidence that a crime has been committed. However, if more serious problems arise, and charges are filed, a defendant has every right to secure defense counsel, who can launch an independent investigation into the matter, especially if there is concern that a personal rights violation has occurred.

Police do not have free rein when it comes to investigating a possible crime or searching someone's vehicle, person or premises. In fact, if authorities show up at your door requesting to have a look around inside, you do not have to grant permission. If police seize items from your home, your pocket or your car, and you believe they have done so in direct violation of the strict protocol to which they must adhere, you are protected under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S.Constitution and can challenge any evidence proffered in court.

Swimming and tennis likely on backburner after drug charges filed

A couple in Illinois who reportedly planned to get married in a palatial home they recently purchased that features a tennis court and indoor pool may have to delay their plans. An incident occurred that resulted in drug charges against both of them. Although adjudication of the situation has only just begun, chances are they won't be celebrating a wedding anytime soon.

The 42-year-old man moved into the mansion with his 26-year-old girlfriend not long after they got engaged. The woman apparently shared her intent to get married and someday die in this illustrious home on Facebook. Since the home and 35 acres of land on which it sits costs so much money, a few of the couple's friends inquired as to whether they'd hit the lottery.

Murder charges filed in Illinois, man questioned by police

When one person is accused of causing another person's death, what follows is often a lengthy and challenging courtroom battle where the defendant hopes to avoid conviction. Whether that is the actual outcome often depends on the type of defense strategies employed during a trial. Where murder charges in Illinois are concerned, prosecutors may be quite aggressive in their quests to secure convictions. Therefore, if a defendant hopes to mitigate his or her circumstances, it's often best to retain experienced representation in court.

An attorney in another state said his client was recently taken to a local police department and questioned. Since then, charges have been filed regarding the death of a woman in the same area. Investigators say the 51-year-old woman appeared to have suffered some type of blunt force trauma, leading to her death.

3 college football players charged with robbery in Illinois

Many Lake Charles and other Illinois college football players enjoy a certain amount of fame and prestige on their respective campuses. From cheerleaders to fans, faculty and other students, star players are often recognized wherever they go. Players have to keep up their grade point averages and remain in good standing with school administration in order to hold their spots on their teams. Three players at the University of Illinois have their work cut out for them in that respect because they've all been accused of robbery.

On a recent Wednesday, they were arrested and charged with armed robbery and home invasion. The three student athletes might wind up missing quite a few practices and games, or even end their careers if circumstances don't play out favorably. Criminal defense strategies are often key to successful outcomes in such cases.

3 reasons to refuse a police search

Do you know your rights if a law enforcement official requests to search you or your property? Whether or not you break any laws, you should be ready to protect yourself if police ever become suspicious of your behavior. Most people assume they should either automatically give police consent to search or do not know how to properly refuse a search.

You do not need to give police officers consent to search you. Here are some reasons why saying "no" to a police search is a good idea.

An arrest doesn't necessarily mean a drug crime was committed

If an Illinois police officer puts you in handcuffs and charges you with a criminal offense, it doesn't necessarily mean you will be convicted. In fact, in a situation where police suspect a drug crime has taken place, a person may wind up walking away without ever seeing the inside of a jail cell. Whether that happens, or a far less desirable outcome occurs, often depends on the type of defense presented in court.

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures, and you also enjoy other constitutional rights during and after an arrest. For instance, unless exceptions apply (such as he or she witnesses a crime taking place) a police officer cannot enter your home without permission and start rummaging through your personal belongings without just cause. You are also not required to provide answers to any questions that may incriminate you in court. In such circumstances, it's perfectly acceptable to request legal representation.

Defendant says he suffered head injury during drug charges arrest

A man in Illinois appeared in a courtroom with his head wrapped in a white bandage. He told the court that police officers caused his head injury during a recent arrest process. The man is facing drug charges in addition to other problems reportedly associated with a past incident.

In most circles, $25,000 is considered a large amount of money. This is the amount of the bond that was set after the man's recent arrest. In fact, he is currently still being held in jail while the court decides whether to increase the amount due to issues regarding a protective order filed against him last year. The new drug charges are said to have violated certain bond conditions related to the other situation.

Illinois neighborhood scene of several recent drug crime arrests

When police produce bags of white power and accuse an Illinois resident of criminal wrongdoing, much more has to happen before the person charged can be convicted. In fact, a person charged with a drug crime may successfully avoid such an outcome. It often takes time to build a strong defense, however, and it's typically best to act alongside experienced guidance as the case heads to court.

One man was arrested after police acted on an alleged tip they'd received. They were apparently told the man in question possessed a large amount of heroin. As a result, they started watching him closely. At some point, they entered his residence, and say they seized approximately 7 pounds of heroin, which they estimated to have a street value of nearly $700,000.

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