Drug Crime Lawyer in Chicago
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Being arrested for a drug crime can be a frightening experience, especially if it is your first time. You are advised not to admit anything and call an attorney for assistance, whether you are being charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. In Illinois, the arresting officer cannot arrest you for a felony without permission from a local Assistant State's Attorney.
Keep in mind that a charge is not a conviction, and the Assistant State's Attorney only knows what the police officer tells him or her. I have successfully represented numerous clients charged with a drug crime. Speak with a Chicago criminal defense attorney at my firm today to discuss the details of your drug crime case.
Check Out Our Previous Drug Crime Cases
Here at the Law Offices of Mitch Furman I work hard to produce results for my clients. My firm offers aggressive, effective and straightforward representation and keeps open communication so that clients are apprised of every new development. Don't take my word for it! My case verdicts and settlements speak for themselves.
Read through some of my past drug crime cases:
- Felony Drug Possession – Charges Dismissed
- Cocaine Possession- No Probable Cause – Charges Dismissed
- Crack Cocaine Possession – Charges Dismissed
Drug Crimes Related to Obtaining Money
According to the United States Bureau of Justice, statistics show that only a decade ago about a quarter of all drug offenders in local jails across the nation were serving time for convictions related to crimes enacted to get money for drugs. This number far outweighed the minimal 5% who were serving time for charges of violent crimes or public offenses. The statistics have continued to rise among drug offenders in the nation, with approximately 26% admitting that their offense was related to obtaining money for their drug activity, rather than being related to any means of violence or public offense. The drive to obtain money is one that has spurred uncharacteristic actions for many, not all of which are related to drug activity. Unfortunately, because any possession of an illegal substance is considered grounds for criminal charges, such behaviors often end badly for those involved.
The penalties of a conviction do not have to be issued at their maximum degree, however, especially with the help of an aggressive attorney on your side. Together, you and your lawyer can devise a method of defense that includes strategies which have been proven to be effective in past criminal defense cases related to drug crimes in the Chicago area. Working non-stop to defend you against the allegations that have been made in your name, you and your attorney can successfully argue the case for reduced sentencing or dropping your charges altogether.
Whether you have been accused of drug trafficking or you are facing marijuana charges, the skillful legal counsel you need to effectively avoid a harsher set of penalties than you deserve can be found at the Law Offices of Mitch Furman. There is a solution to your case, and I am prepared to help you find it.
Types of Drug Crime Charges
Drug crimes include a huge range of felonies and misdemeanors including:
- Drug Possession
- Drug Cultivation
- Drug Sales
- Drug Trafficking
- Drug Manufacturing
- Prescription Fraud
- Marijuana Charges
For example, possession of 30 grams of marijuana or less would be a misdemeanor drug possession charge for a first-time offender, depending upon the circumstances. Certain conditions would increase the charge to a felony, such as being within 1500 feet of a restricted area (e.g. school, park, church or theater), carrying a weapon, or minors are present. Regardless of the specific crime with which you've been charged, you need an experienced drug crime attorney on your side.
Illinois drug laws and federal drug laws carry severe penalties, ranging from possible probation with rehabilitation, up to life imprisonment. The Controlled Substances Act categorizes drugs and narcotics into five classifications and defines the penalties for different violations. It is important to understand the charges against you and what your rights are. Settling for a guilty plea may not be in your best interests and will have a serious effect on your future. I am aggressive in defending clients accused of drug crimes.
Need a Chicago drug crime lawyer? Contact Attorney Mitch Furman for a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.