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Knox College

knox_collegeKnox College is a small liberal arts school of approximately 1,500 students located in Galesburg, Illinois. Numerous magazines across the country constantly have Knox College rated very highly for their academics.

Despite its reputation as being a very selective institution, since 2011 Knox College students have averaged over 55 alcohol related infractions per year and 40 drug related incidents per year. Due to many of the commercial attractions being located around Galesburg, there is also a high frequency of driving under the influence arrests. The Knox County Sheriff and the Galesburg Police Department are vigilant about patrolling the establishments on Cherry St. around closing time searching for impaired drivers.

An increasing trend on college campuses is the use of Adderall and other stimulants in order to enhance focus. These drugs are often prevalent at colleges and universities with high academic standards like those at Knox College.. 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.


  • 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.

If you are arrested or cited for violating the law, you may not be aware of the penalties you could face. The attorneys at Gullberg, Box & Worby, LLC are experienced attorneys who will guide you through this process. Call us at 309-734-1001 or fill out the contact submission form for a free consultation!