While misdemeanor charges are often less severe than felony charges, both are criminal charges and can result in fines (including court costs) and/or imprisonment. For repeat offenders, the punishments can be even more severe, not to mention the negative effects criminal convictions can have on your life, your career and your position or standing in the community, including the inability to obtain or keep certain jobs, qualify for bonding or qualify for governmental aid such as student loans. Because of this, it's in your best interest to immediately contact of a Chicago drug crime attorney, who can assist you throughout the entire legal process.
The State of Illinois has very strict laws for convictions in certain misdemeanor drug offenses. Under current law, a person found with drugs in their car can have their driver's license revoked. Minors under the age of 21 who are convicted of underage drinking have their licenses suspended for six months. State legislators have even considered tougher bills to keep misdemeanor drug offenders off of the road recently, including House Bill 5720 , which would revoke drivers' licenses of the convicted for 6 months for the first offense and one year for additional offenses, whether or not their arrest involved the use of a vehicle.
Yes, misdemeanor drug crimes are very serious, but there is some good news. Each case and each situation is different. There may be opportunities for you to win your case, to expunge your record or even participate in alternative programs like rehab. With this in mind, immediately contacting an experienced Chicago misdemeanor drug crime attorney can potentially benefit your case. The misdemeanor drug crimes lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege are experienced litigators in state and federal courts in Chicago, Evanston and Cicero, Illinois. Attorneys from the firm will investigate and analyze your case and help you determine your best defense strategy and ensure that your rights are protected.
Contact a Chicago misdemeanor drug crime attorney from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege today.
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