The drug laws in Illinois are complex, and the penalties based on the amount and weight of different substances, as well as upon the environment where the drugs were seized. The consequences of possession of a controlled substance can range from probation with conditions, to incarceration for an extended period and forfeiture of property. If you or a loved one has been accused of possession of a controlled substance, it is vital to have the assistance of a Chicago drug crime defense lawyer. A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege, through communication with law enforcement personnel and prosecutors, may take action to prevent charges being filed in cases in which police procedure violated the rights of the client. The legal team at the firm also serves clients in Cicero, Berwyn and Evanston.
Under the current laws, possession of a controlled substance in proximity to certain protected areas, such as parks and schools carry more severe penalties. The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act specifies more severe punishment based on the potential for addiction and abuse, an additional factor is the medical value a substance has. Although penalties increase if this is not an individual's first conviction, or the charge is more serious, such as possession with intent to deliver, delivery of controlled substances, or drug trafficking, even a first time offender with a minor conviction can face serious future consequences. An aggressive criminal defense attorney from the firm will explore every available avenue of defense with you.
In order to gain a conviction, the government must meet certain standards. A possession of controlled substance attorney from the firm will investigate the strength of the evidence as well as the methods used at the time of arrest. Contact a Chicago drug crime defense attorney from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege who will fight tirelessly in your defense.
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