Authorities accuse 2 of making meth in Northern Illinois home

On June 17, police took a 49-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman into custody on methamphetamine-related charges after law enforcement officials searched a Savanna home where the drug was allegedly being made. Reportedly, officials from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and the Savanna Police Department conducted the drug bust at approximately 9 p.m.

Officials allege that the 22-year-old woman was living at the house. Furthermore, officials allege that she is pregnant.

The man and woman face charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of materials to manufacture methamphetamine and aggravated participation in the manufacture of methamphetamine. In addition, officials accuse the pair of violating the Cannabis Control Act.

The consequences that accompany a felony drug charge like aggravated participation in manufacturing methamphetamine can be life-altering, with the possibility of a lengthy stint in prison and costly fines. That is because the state of Illinois takes a serious approach toward drug crimes. For this reason, it is important that people accused of drug crimes mount a commensurately aggressive defense against the charges.

Above all, that means retaining the counsel and resources of a criminal defense attorney. The defense attorney may ensure that the accused individuals' constitutional rights were not violated during the search and seizure of their property and that the arresting law enforcement officials strictly adhered to proper protocol. Moreover, the attorney may scrutinize the incriminating evidence for contamination and the police reports for inaccuracies.

By employing a variety of defense strategies, the defense attorney may invalidate evidence and raise doubt regarding the prosecution's case. It is important to remember that the burden of proof in criminal cases falls on the prosecutors, who must prove the defendants' guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order to obtain a conviction.

Source: KWQC.com, "Two Arrested For Meth In Savanna, IL", Jeff Whitten, June 18, 2014

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