Charged with possession of a controlled substance?
The charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance (commonly referred to as “PCS”) is a felony offense in the state of Illinois. The degree of penalty varies with the amount of the substance found in possession as well as the specific type of drug. If you or a loved one has been charged with this crime, it is critical that you contact a Chicago criminal defense lawyer at once, as your future is at risk.
When dealing with drug charges, even misdemeanor marijuana offenses, it is strongly advised that you get legal representation from a skilled Chicago criminal defense lawyer – at once. In many cases, with an attorney from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege, the charges have been reduced, dismissed or alternative sentencing negotiated. After a conviction, the likelihood is that you will be spending time in jail or prison; even marijuana charges have a possible 1 year incarceration included in the penalties. Controlled substances, such as heroin, cocaine, LSD and others carry much steeper penalties, and the 1 – 3 years of time served usually takes place in state prison. The fines can reach as high as $25,000 for one offense.
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For those with a prior criminal record, the penalties are increased and the convicted will face even more severe repercussions. Never face such charges without a strong criminal defense lawyer from the firm. There have been many cases in which it was determined that the constitutional rights of the accused were violated in search and seizure; in other cases, police procedure regarding the arrest was improperly performed. No one is above the law – including law enforcement.
With a careful review of the evidence against you a defense strategy can be implemented. As your future is in jeopardy, it is advised that you contact the firm immediately after the arrest and prior to answering questions regarding the case. Avoid the pitfalls of proceeding without legal counsel – you could jeopardize your own case without realizing it. Even your demeanor can be brought to court as evidence. It is crucial to get legal representation quickly when facing criminal charges.
Contact a Chicago criminal attorney from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege today.