Illinois Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer
Aggressive Drug Attorney in DuPage County, IL and Cook County, IL
Drug crimes are particularly susceptible to aggressive prosecution by the State’s Attorney’s Office, which prosecutes many such cases each year. This usually translates into trouble for inexperienced defendants who fall victim to overzealous prosecution. Fortunately, an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands drug crimes can help defendants fight the charges.
Types of Drug Crimes in Illinois
Although each case is unique, most drug crimes fall into the following categories: possession, sale, manufacturing or distribution. Depending on the category, a person may face a misdemeanor or felony charge. However, some drug crimes, like cocaine drug possession, automatically qualify as felonies.
The distinction between a felony and a misdemeanor is important. Felonies usually carry higher jail sentences and fines, and the legal proceedings can take longer to resolve. Moreover, a felony conviction means that one may lose the right to vote and the ability to possess a gun, they may have to forfeit property that was used in connection with the crime, and they may have a harder time getting/keeping certain professional licenses or securing future employment.
The Importance of an Experienced Drug Crime Defense Attorney
Drug crimes usually result from the search of a person or property, e.g., stop-and-frisk. When conducting these searches, police officers must abide by a certain set of rules that govern searches and seizures. If police officers violate these rules, it may allow a criminal defense attorney to fight the drug charge.
Moreover, if engaged early in the process, an experienced criminal defense attorney may help prevent a client from making incriminating statements to the police after the arrest. The time after the arrest is very important to avoid giving further evidence that may fuel the State’s case. If arrested, you should ask for a criminal defense attorney immediately and not make any additional statements.
The key to a successful criminal defense is a strategy that explores every venue. At The Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, our attorneys understand how prosecutors think and how they approach their cases, and they fight aggressively from the beginning to have the case dismissed.
Our team includes attorneys with a background in law enforcement, which gives them a distinct advantage when evaluating each unique case. Moreover, our attorneys understand the distinction between a misdemeanor and a felony, and we work with our clients to reduce the charges when possible.
Drug crimes in Illinois are serious, and you should not fight alone against prosecutors whose job is to secure convictions. Contact an experienced drug crime attorney today for an initial consultation before it is too late. Our attorneys serve clients throughout Cook County and DuPage County, including Wheaton, Bridgeview, Maywood, Rolling Meadows, and Skokie. Call 630-574-2288.