Even the most minor charge of simple drug possession can result in harsh consequences in Chicago and the surrounding communities.
If you’ve been charged with any type of drug crime, from possession to distribution, it’s incredibly important that you talk to a Chicago drug crime defense lawyer who can protect your rights and fight for you in court. The consequences are too severe to gamble with, and it’s a good idea to have a hard-hitting lawyer in your corner.
Common Drug Crimes in Chicago and the Suburbs
Some of the most commonly charged drug offenses in Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg include:
- Possession of a controlled substance, such as cannabis, cocaine or heroin
- Delivery or possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver
Possession of cannabis is a misdemeanor offense, but possession of cocaine is a felony; so is possession of heroin. If you’re charged with delivery or intent to deliver, the penalties are much more severe than they would be otherwise.
Drug Crime Defense in Chicago
Many people make the mistake of thinking they can defend themselves, or in some cases, put their fates in the hands of a public defender.
Unfortunately, what these people don’t realize is that they’re not experts on the law—and they don’t know the judges, prosecutors and court system the way an attorney does. While public defenders do their best, they’re often faced with heavy caseloads and don’t even meet the people they represent until moments before defending them in court… and that can make it more difficult for the public defender to formulate a strategy that gets the accused person the best possible outcome.
However, a skilled and experienced Chicago drug crime defense lawyer will take the time necessary to evaluate your case from start to finish.
He’ll investigate the entire process and, perhaps most importantly, determine how police obtained the evidence, which is very important if you’re facing drug charges; that’s because often, law enforcement officers find evidence during illegal searches. If police found the evidence during an illegal search, that evidence can’t be used against you in court; that forces the prosecution to drop the charges.
If police did obtain the evidence legally, your attorney may be able to negotiate with the prosecution to find alternatives to jail time, such as drug deterrent programs and counseling, special (and expungeable) drug probation, deferred adjudication or other alternative sentences.
Talk to a Chicago Drug Crime Defense Lawyer Today
You can’t leave something this serious to chance. You deserve to work with a Chicago drug crime defense lawyer and former Cook County Prosecutor who understands the charges you’re facing.
Call us at 847-920-4540 for your free drug crime case evaluation now. We can give you case-specific legal advice and start building a strategy for your defense right away.