Chicago Drug Lawyer
As a Chicago drug lawyer, some of the drug crimes Attorney Uche handles include:
- Drug Possession
- Drug Manufacturing
- Drug trafficking
- Drug distribution
- Marijuana/cannabis crimes
- Methamphetamine crimes
- Cocaine crimes
- Heroin crimes
Illinois drug laws are some of the toughest in the nation. The penalties for being convicted of a drug crime in Illinois can be extraordinary crippling. More than likely, a person convicted of a drug crime in Illinois, is usually looking at incarceration and some heavy fines.
The typical drug charges involve possession of controlled substances such as Marijuana, cocaine, heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. However, in Illinois, drug charges also commonly comprise of the illegal possession of prescription drugs such as Vicodin, Xanax, Hydrocodone and OxyContin.
The severity of the punishment for a drug possession charges depends on a number of things including but not limited to:
What you intended to do with the drugs:
In Illinois, the penalties for intending to sell or manufacture drugs are a lot more severe than if you merely possessed them for your own consumption. For instance, a person who intends to deliver, manufacture or sell 15grams-100grams of a substance containing heroin is subject to a minimum of 6 years incarceration and a maximum of 30 years. However, a person who merely posses 15grams-100grams of a substance containing heroin is subject to a much lower penalty of a minimum of 4 years incarceration and a maximum of 15years.
The quantity or the amount of drugs or controlled substance also controls the severity of the punishment you are facing. For instance, you are facing a misdemeanor for possessing less than 30 grams of cannabis. Whereas you are usually facing a felony for possessing more than 30 grams.
Just like any other crime, the Illinois frowns upon repeat offenders and usually reserves the harshest punishment for such individuals. If you have previously been convicted of a drug crime, you are guaranteed to face stiffer penalties. For instance, a repeat offender with less than 10-30 grams of cannabis is cannabis will be facing a felony even though a first time offender with the same quantity will be facing a misdemeanor.
The location where you were caught with the drugs will also determine the severity of the punishment. For instance, possession of drugs 1000 feet of a school could double whatever sentence you have received.
Most drug charges are usually triggered by a traffic stop or a search. Thankfully, the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures. Unfortunately, not all law enforcement officers follow the rules when it comes to arresting of searching individuals. As a result, most drug charges can initially be challenged by attack the police officer’s reason for stopping or searching you.
As a drug crimes lawyer and a drug possession attorney in Chicago, Attorney Uche has the experience and skill to determine if law enforcement violated your Fourth Amendment rights prior to arresting you for drug crimes.
For a FREE 24/7 consultation with Attorney Uche, call 312-380-5341 now!