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Bradley University

bradley_university_aerial_photoBradley University is a private university of 5,700 students located in Peoria, Illinois. Bradley’s campus is located on Peoria’s west bluff, which is only minutes from downtown. Bradley University was ranked 4th among Midwest universities providing a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs in the 2015 edition of America’s Best Colleges published by U.S. News & World Report.

From 2011-2013, Bradley reported 108 alcohol related incidents per year and 38 drug related infraction per year. This number does not include the arrests and citations that occurred off campus. The Peoria County Sheriff and Peoria Police Department both heavily patrol the downtown area and the Farmington Road area looking for impaired drivers.

An increasing trend on college campuses is the use of Adderall and other stimulants in order to enhance focus. The influx of these drugs has led to a crackdown by law enforcement. Since many students obtain these drugs illegally, the number of arrests and resulting penalties have both increased in the past years. Also, many students are unaware of the severe penalties relating to these drugs and the low amount of possession that could lead to a felony prosecution. Students are also unaware of the severe felony enhancements involving the possession of cannabis. Our attorneys are familiar with these enhancements and have successfully defended against them in the past.

The most common alcohol and drug related offenses on a college campus include:

1. Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs.

  • Penalty: Class A Misdemeanor
  • Penalty: License suspension/counseling/revocation of license.
  • Second Offense: 5 days in jail 48 hours in jail or 10 day community service.
  • Third Offense or great bodily harm: Class 4 Felony.

2. Zero Alcohol Tolerance – Driving while in Violation of the underage consumption of alcohol statute.

  • Penalty: Driver’s License Suspension

3. Illegal transportation or possession of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

  • Penalty: Petty offense.
  • Penalty: Possible driver’s license suspension.

4. Sales to and possession of alcohol by persons under 21.

  • Penalty: Class A Misdemeanor (Sales)
  • Penalty: Class B Misdemeanor (Possession)

5. Unlawful use, possession/selling, manufacturing, giving or furnishing false ID to individuals.

  • Penalty: Class A Misdemeanor
  • Penalty: Possible driver’s license suspension.

6. Unlawful use of driver’s license or permit. (False Driver’s License)

  • Penalty: Class A Misdemeanor
  • Penalty: Possible driver’s license suspension.

7. Penalties for Prescription Drug Possession (Adderall, steroids, etc.)

  • Range from a Class 4 felony punishable by 1 to 3 years in the state penitentiary and a fine of up to $25,000 all the way up to a Class X felony punishable by 6 to 30 years in prison plus a fine up to $25,000.
  • Sentence can be doubled if you have a firearm in your possession at the time of your arrest.
  • The court can also double your sentence if you were within 1,000 feet of a school, church, public park, or movie theater at the time.

Sanctions:

  • Class 4 Felony: Imprisonment in a State Prison 1-3 years, fine up to $25,000.
  • Class A Misdemeanor: $2,500 fine and/or up to one year in jail.
  • Class B Misdemeanor: $1,500 fine and/or up to six months in jail.
  • Class C Misdemeanor: $1,500 fine and/or up to 30 days in jail.
  • Petty Offense: $1,000 fine.

Special events in Peoria are targets for local law enforcement. The St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Taste of Peoria, and events at the Civic Center all attract extra attention.

If you are cited or arrested for breaking the law, make sure you know your rights. Call 309-734-1001 or fill out the contact submission form for a free consultation with an experienced, dedicated attorney at Gullberg, Box & Worby, LLC.