Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver – NOT GUILTY
The Defendant was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver in violation of 720 ILCS 570/401(a) (2) (D). If convicted the Defendant was facing between 15-60 years in prison. In this case the Defendant was a passenger in a vehicle that contained 16 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of $3.5 million dollars. The vehicle was stopped by the Illinois State Police and the officer interviewed the driver and passenger who gave conflicting stories of who they were and where they were coming from. Based upon this the officer continued his investigation and received permission to search the vehicle with a drug detection dog. The drug dog gave a positive reaction and upon further search the 16 kilos of cocaine were recovered and the Defendant was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and was facing up to 60 years in prison.
The Defendant not wanting to spend the rest of his life in prison hired Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Michael P. Schmiege and co-counsel to represent him. Mr. Schmiege thoroughly reviewed the file and applicable recent law decisions on knowledge and possession and believed that if taken to trial the Defendant would be found NOT GUILTY. The case was taken to trial and the police officers were cross-examined by Mr. Schmiege and at the end of the case Mr. Schmiege argued to the judge that there was not any evidence showing that the Defendant knew there were drugs in the vehicle and the judge agreed and found the Defendant NOT GUILTY thereby avoiding a lengthy prison sentence.
Contact Chicago Criminal Attorney Michael Schmiege if you have been charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver or any other crime in Illinois or Federal court. Mr. Schmiege will aggressively fight for you and your rights.