Category Archives: Illinois Criminal Law

DuPage County criminal defense lawyer discusses Illinois criminal law.

Chicago Police Body Cameras

Chicago Police Body Cameras

Chicago Police Body Cameras – According to an article in The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Police are considering testing body cameras on officers. The department is “looking into a pilot program for some officers.”

Typically, officers clip body cameras to their uniforms.  In addition, the cameras record video and audio.

Superintendent McCarthy supports the use of the cameras according to the article. However, the president of the police officers’ union is somewhat less enthusiastic . . .  he believes there are positive uses for such cameras.

Finally, most people recognize criminal law is complex and intimidating.   Therefore, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer.  Contact criminal defense lawyer Marilyn A. Miller to discuss your case.  [email protected] or 630.424.8816.

New Illinois Drug Law and Increased Penalties for Drug Crimes

The State of Illinois added the synthetic, hallucinogenic drugs known as 25-I, 25-C and 25-B to the list of controlled substances that are illegal to manufacture, deliver or possess with the intent to distribute.  Governor Quinn’s office says these drugs have been available online and linked to both serious and fatal reacations.  Quinn also signed a bill that makes it illegal for anyone under 18 to buy or possess products containing the herbal stimulant Kratom.

In addition, the penalty for manufacturing methampethamine within 1000 feet of any school property will now be a Class X felony, punishable by a minimum of six years in prison.  This crime was previously a Class 1 felony.

As reported by the Associated Press and reprinted by the Daily Herald, Gov. Pat Quinn signed these three drug-related pieces of legislation on Saturday, August 16, 2014, and the new laws take effect January 1, 2015.

If you have been charged with an Illinois drug crime, call DuPage County criminal defense lawyer Marilyn A. Miller at 630-424-8816.



Homicide Charges Against Drug Dealers

The much-publicized recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has raised the question:  Can a drug dealer be charged with homicide?  Yes, drug dealers can be charged with homicide, although prosecutors rarely bring drug-induced homicide charges against drug dealers.  A recent analyis by The Chicago Tribune found that, despite the large increase in heroin deaths in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs, Chicago area prosecutors rarely charge drug dealers with drug-induced homicide.  Get the full story at here:,0,5186548.story?track=rss