Drug Charges

Monday, July 25, 2016

Charged With a Drug Crime in Skokie? Here's What You Need to Know

If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in Skokie—some of the most common include marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines (meth)—you probably need to talk to a Skokie drug crime defense lawyer as soon as possible.


Because the consequences can be exceptionally severe if you’re convicted of a drug crime, and they could include steep fines and time behind bars.

Drug Crime Charges in Skokie: What You Need to Know

If you’re charged with a drug crime in Skokie, whether it’s a marijuana charge or something considered more dangerous Read more . . .

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Drug Crimes in Rolling Meadows: What You Need to Know

The city of Rolling Meadows—and all the surrounding communities, for that matter—are extremely tough on drug possession crimes. For that reason, most people choose to talk to a Rolling Meadows drug crime defense lawyer as soon as they’re accused of possessing drugs.

Some of the most common drug charges in Rolling Meadows include those involving:

  • Marijuana (cannabis)
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamines (meth)
  • Prescription drugs not prescribed to the person who has them

Talking to a Rolling Meadows Criminal Lawyer About Drug Charges

If you’ve been caught with illicit drugs in your possession, it’s probably a good idea for you to get in touch with a Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer who can walk you through the entire process.
Read more . . .

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Marijuana Possession in Illinois: No Worse than a Speeding Ticket?

A bill that recently passed the House makes possession of 15 grams of marijuana worth a $125 fine -- and after 6 months, people punished under the new law can have the conviction expunged from their records.

It passed with a 62-53 vote and the Illinois Department of Corrections estimates that it will save the state about $30 million. 

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BREAKING: Cook County No Longer Prosecuting Minor Pot Offenses

Cook County has new goals when it comes to minor drug offenses, including those that involve marijuana. In an effort to move nonviolent drug offenders out of the criminal justice system without forcing them behind bars, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office is focusing on treatment instead of punishment.

"If someone is caught with a misdemeanor amount of marijuana, the state's attorney's office will no longer prosecute that case," said Sally Daly, the Office's spokesperson. (Read more here.)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Possession vs. Possession with Intent to Deliver

Being charged with drug possession in Illinois is very serious, and if it's happened to you, you know just how scary the whole experience can be. State law punishes drug possession offenses based on the type and amount of the substance that is possessed, manufactured, or delivered.

That said, what's the difference between ordinary possession and possession with the intent to deliver?

Drug Possession vs. Possession with the Intent to Deliver

Possession of a controlled substance is a charge that you're likely to get if you're caught with a bag of pot that's intended for personal use. That goes for any drug, for that matter, but know that the penalties vary based on what type of drug you possess.

In order to be convicted of possession, you have to knowingly have the substance in your immediate and exclusive control (either actual or constructive). That means it can be in your pocket, your car, or your home; if it's yours, you can be convicted.

Possession with the intent to distribute is a charge that you're likely to get if you're caught with a large amount of any controlled substance--more than is reasonable for personal use--or if you're caught with a small amount of a controlled substance that's packaged for sale. 

Possession with the intent to distribute carries a much stiffer punishment than mere possession. The more serious possession with intent to distribute offenses are categorized as Class X felonies that are punishable by a minimum of 6 to 30 years, and a max of 15 to 60 years, depending on the type and amount of the substance.

While both of these are serious offenses (and serious convictions) under Illinois law, your attorney can help ensure that the court hears your side of the story. Whether you're being charged with drug possession in DuPage County, Cook County or Lake County, make sure you're working with a lawyer who knows the procedures and who is familiar with your county's court system.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Busted with Drugs in Chicago or its Suburbs

Officers from the Chicago PD are frisking you, and you’re panicking. It’s only going to be moments until they find what you’re carrying – and a million things are running through your mind. Many people who are caught with drugs in Chicago and its suburbs, from Rolling Meadows to Skokie, feel the exact same way.

What are you supposed to do?

What Happens after You’re Caught with Drugs

If you’re caught with drugs in Chicago or anywhere near it, you’ll most likely be taken into police custody. Once you arrive at the jail, police will fingerprint you and enter you into the system. You’re allowed to make a phone call, which should be to a Chicago drug defense lawyer; you can ask your attorney to get in touch with your family members if you’d like.

Your lawyer will probably have many questions for you. He’ll likely ask:

  • Whether you’ve been charged
  • If you’ve been charged with other crimes at the same time
  • Whether you’ve ever been charged with a crime or convicted of a crime prior to this incident
  • How you were treated by police and everything that happened during your arrest

He has to ask you these questions, because he’s using all of the information you give him to build you the best defense. In many cases, drugs are found during an illegal search – and if your attorney is able to prove that your search was illegal, that

Drug Possession: Penalties in Cook County and Beyond

Chicago and the surrounding areas are all pretty tough on controlled substance charges. Pot possession is a misdemeanor, but having cocaine or heroin is a felony. If police claim that you intended to deliver those drugs to someone else, the penalties are generally far worse than they would be if you only had the drugs for personal use.

You could end up paying fines, spending time in jail, or being sentenced to prison. That's why it's a good idea to talk to an attorney who can fight for your rights and get you the best possible outcome in your case.

, Chicago criminal defense attorney

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Rolling Meadows Drug Crimes: The Hard Facts - ILDefense.com Blog

Rolling Meadows Drug Crimes: The Hard Facts

Being charged with a drug crime in Rolling Meadows will land you in the Cook County Courthouse, which can result in a conviction that never comes off your record. But what really happens when you’re charged with possession or tagged with the intent to distribute marijuana, cocaine or heroin?

Keep Your Priorities Straight

While it’s important to rely on your Rolling Meadows attorney to protect your rights, you need to know what those rights are – and the punishments you might be facing. Informing yourself is the best thing you can do right now, and your lawyer can answer all of your case-specific questions.

That said, even small drug possession charges can result in a judge from the Rolling Meadows Cook County Courthouse issuing a prison sentence.

Marijuana in Rolling Meadows

Generally, possession of cannabis in Rolling Meadows is a misdemeanor – unless you intend to deliver it or to sell it. It’s important to know that if you’re convicted of a marijuana-related misdemeanor in Cook County, you could spend a year in jail; if you’re convicted of a felony, you could spend between one and 50 years in prison.

Cocaine in Rolling Meadows

Possession of cocaine is considered a felony, and so is the intent to deliver or distribute it. If you’re convicted, the penalties can be harsh. You may end up spending the rest of your life in prison with a 50-year sentence.

Heroin in Rolling Meadows

Like cocaine, possession of heroin or the intent to distribute heroin is a very serious charge. Because both are felonies, you may face the same 50-year sentence.

If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in Rolling Meadows, you’re probably getting all kinds of advice from all kinds of people. While your family and friends are well-meaning, it’s important that you follow your lawyer’s advice – he’ll be able to give you case-specific guidance that protects you under Illinois law.



Sunday, January 19, 2014

Debunking Popular Myth - Possession of a Controlled Substance Cases: ILDefense.com Blog

My clients often think that if the police did not find the drugs in their possession at the time of arrest, they cannot be convicted. However, this is a false assumption.

Possession of a controlled substance can be actual or constructive. Possession is actual if narcotics are found on your person, you are aware that you are in possession, and, either alone or with others, you have the power and intent to control disposition or use of the narcotics. Constructive possession exists when you do not have actual possession, but still have the intent and capability to maintain control over the narcotics. Only if the prosecution fails to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you had either actual or constructive possession of drugs will you be found not guilty.

If the police witnessed you drop what they later deemed to be a controlled substance, or if you had control of the item in which the drugs were found, are circumstances that can lead to a finding of constructive possession.

The bottom line is that if the state can link the narcotics to you, you can be convicted. So even if you did not have drugs in your possession at the time of your arrest, it is imperative that you retain an attorney that can zealously defend you in court. A PCS conviction can result in substantial prison time. If you have been charged with possession of a controlled substance in Cook County, contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for a free and confidential case review -- (847) 920-4540. 



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