In an attempt to discourage drug use, Illinois courts are cracking down on people involved in drug-related deaths.
Drug-induced homicide sounds like a very serious crime, and it is. The law says that if you share drugs or otherwise provide them to someone else, and that person overdoses, you face six to 30 years in prison for a crime that two years ago would have brought a penalty of probation to 15 years.
A Law That Impacts Misguided Teenagers
Unfortunately, the law is often used not against drug dealers but against ordinary people, usually teenagers, who share drugs (typically heroin or prescription drugs like OxyContin) with friends.
At The Law Office of Jessica Koester, LLC, it is our strong belief that police should not be able to charge someone with homicide after a victim takes a drug voluntarily. It may be appropriate to charge the person who provided the drug with distribution, but it is wrong to ruin the life of an individual who had no intention to harm that other person.
If you or your son or daughter is being charged with drug-induced homicide, you need a lawyer who is as effective as she is passionate about defending your rights. Jessica Koester of Edwardsville has the experience and the determination to protect you from charges that are manifestly unfair.