Criminal Defense

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill into law in June 2019 legalizing the recreational use of cannabis by adults, including retail sales beginning on Jan. 1, 2020. The following article covers Illinois’ current cannabis laws with summaries of provisions under these laws.As of Jan. 1, 2020, the cultivation, trafficking, sale, or possession of a small amount of marijuana is legal in Illinois under the  Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. The state also allows the use of medical marijuana for eligible patients, who also are permitted to grow their own medicine. Non-medical users, however, may not cultivate their own cannabis.Illinois lawmakers became the first to legalize the adult (21 and over) use of cannabis through legislation, rather than ballot initiative. The law was enacted on Jan. 1, 2020, with licensed sellers providing the herb at the retail level. The law allows Illinois residents age 21 and over to purchase up to one ounce of flower (dried herb) and up to five grams of cannabis concentrate (such as hashish or tincture). Illinois visitors are able to possess half those amounts. The law allows adults to consume cannabis either in their homes or at certain approved establishments. Businesses and landlords have the right to refuse its use on their properties.Also, pre-legalization convictions for marijuana-related offenses (under 30 grams) are eligible for pardons as long as no violent crimes were committed. Cases will be reviewed by the Prisoner Review Board.

Marder and Seidler have aggressively represented criminal clients since l974.

Whether you are charged in a felony, misdemeanor or traffic case, they are sensitive to your personal needs.

Since their admission to the United States Supreme Court in l975, they have represented clients in Federal and State Courts with respect, wisdom and dignity.

Just because you are charged with a criminal offense, the presumption of innocence is still on your side.  The prosecution must prove you guilty of each element of the offense, beyond a reasonable doubt.  That is not an easy burden.  A good criminal defense lawyer can help in your preparation and attack that burden of proof.  They have excellent investigators, including former police officers, to assist in your defense.

They service clients in Cook, DuPage, Kane, McHenry and Lake Counties.

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As criminal defense lawyers, they practice in the following Areas:

  • Felony and Misdemeanor Offenses
  • Drug Crimes
  • Theft Crimes
  • Domestic Battery
  • Sex Offenses
  • Juvenile Law
  • DUI Defense
  • Traffic and Suspended/Revoked Drivers License
  • Expungements
  • Secretary of State Drivers License Reinstatement Hearings

Call Marder and Seidler at 847-985-6767 for an immediate no cost consultation.  Pursuant to the attorney-client privilege, each consultation is conducted in confidence.