On Sept. 5, an Illinois woman was taken into custody following complaints about drug use. The 35-year-old woman was standing outside her motel room in Bridgeview when police arrived to investigate the complaint.
According to police, from outside the hotel room, they observed that cannabis and what they suspected was crack cocaine were lying on a table in view. After taking her into custody, police learned the woman also had a pending DUI charge. Furthermore, according to a prosecutor, she had previously been convicted of possessing a controlled substance and retail theft.
In a bond hearing, the woman was represented by a public defender who said she was a licensed realtor and had a part-time job. The woman’s bail was set at $50,000. Half was for violating bond, and the other half was for her current offense. Her next court date was set for Sept. 29.
A person who is facing drug charges as in a case like this might want to work with an attorney. Depending on the circumstances, there might be several defenses available. For example, a person might deny possession of the drugs and any eyewitness accounts that they were using the drugs. Another possibility is a plea bargain. This means that a person makes a deal with a prosecutor rather than going to trial. Usually, it involves pleading guilty to reduced charges and receiving a lighter sentence. Another possibility is that a person’s rights might be violated in the course of an arrest. For example, if police needed a search warrant and did not get one, then the evidence obtained in that search may be dismissed.
Source: Oak Lawn Patch, “Drug use complaint at motel leads to arrest: Prosecutor,” Lorraine Swanson, Sept. 7, 2016