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Can you be arrested for rolling a joint in a bar but not smoking it?

My friend was at a club this weekend and got kicked out after a bartender found him rolling a jay in the mensroom stall. He was gonna take it outside to smoke it but the guy smelled the weed. This is a pretty low-down club where most people probably have drugs on them, not just weed. But my friend got caught and kicked out, now he heard that the owner wants to press charges to teach him a lesson because he was being a loudmouth when they kicked him out. Can they arrest him after the fact?

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    Vincent C. Machroli | Law Office of Vincent C. Machroli, P.C.
    High Point Plaza
    Hillside, IL 60162-1949
    (708) 449-7400
    Yes, he can be arrested for possession. He should schedule a consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. If a court case does get initiated, once the case is resolved to his satisfaction, he'll be glad he paid the money to hire her/him and properly protect his legal rights.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 3/20/2013
    Melissa Smejkal | Law Office of Melissa Smejkal
    1328 W 18th Street
    Chicago, IL 60608
    (312) 968-2479
    Possibly, but they wont really have any evidence since the police were not called.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 3/20/2013
    Timothy J. Thill | Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    261 E. Quincy ST
    Riverside, IL 60546
    (708) 443-1200
    They can arrest him after the fact, if the complaint is lodged by an interested citizen. Proving the case, however, may be difficult, as the police were not present at the time.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 3/20/2013
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