Chicago Criminal Lawyer Handling Possession Cases
Arrest and charged with cocaine possession in Chicago or Illinois? The laws are concerning cocaine possession in Illinois are very strict and even for a first time offender could have life altering consequences as the charges for cocaine possession are felony in nature. Whether it is 10 grams, 1 gram or residue in a bag the charge for Illinois cocaine possession for less that 15 grams in Illinois is a Class 4 felony that is punishable by up to 3 years in prison. Luckily, it is also probationable and an experienced Chicago cocaine possession lawyer will be able to help you out of this situation.
Once you arrested for Illinois cocaine possession you will be taken by the police to bond court at which time the judge will set a bond on your case. If he sets a cash or deposit bond then you will be required to post money in order to get out of custody. In most cases if the amount of cocaine you are charged with is a small amount then the judge may issue an I-bond or recognizance bond meaning that you don’t have post money in order to get out of jail. Upon release immediately contact a Chicago cocaine possession lawyer.
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At your bond court you will be given a court date for your cocaine possession preliminary hearing. In Chicago your preliminary hearing will be held at one of the branch courts. The purpose of the preliminary hearing is for the judge to make, not a determination of guilt, but a determination of probable cause or that there is sufficient evidence for the Illinois cocaine possession case to go forward. You need an experienced Chicago criminal lawyer to represent you at the preliminary hearing. The preliminary hearing is important because it will allow you criminal defense lawyer the opportunity to cross-examine the police officer concerning the arrest and this testimony can be used during a motion to suppress evidence at a later date. After the preliminary hearing your case will be transferred to 26th and California and a trial judge will be assigned.
There are numerous ways that your Illinois cocaine possession case can be resolved by an experienced Chicago Cocaine Possession Lawyer:
- Finding of Not Guilty at Trial
- Probation that can be expunged
- Drug School
- Finding of no probable cause at preliminary hearing
- Motion to Quash Arrest & Suppress Evidence Granted
As you can see cocaine possession charges in Illinois are complicated criminal matters that need to be handled by an experienced criminal attorney. Chicago criminal defense attorney Michael P. Schmiege handles Illinois cocaine possession cases. Mr. Schmiege will work with you and fully investigate your case to find a way to beat your cocaine possession case and protect your record from a felony conviction. Chicago criminal lawyer Michael P. Schmiege knows how to get your case dismissed at preliminary hearing, get you drug school, obtain probation that can be expunged and beat you case at motion and/or trial.
Contact Chicago criminal attorney Michael P. Schmiege if you are facing an Illinois cocaine possession charge or any drug charge in Illinois. Mr. Schmiege offers free consultations and will work to meet with you at your convenience.