DuPage County Drug Charges Attorney
Experienced Drug Crimes Lawyer in Chicagoland and Cook County
Being charged with a drug offense can adversely affect one’s financial status, eligibility to receive loans, employment and overall freedom. Illinois has strict drug laws and it highly advisable for anyone charged with a drug crime to seek a qualified attorney. Michael V. LoCicero, Attorney at Law focuses on servicing clients facing all types of drug-related charges. Our DuPage County drug charges defense lawyer has three decades of experience practicing criminal law in DuPage County, Cook County, and communities throughout the Chicago area, putting his experience to work to help clients secure the most favorable outcome.
Despite the growing belief that some recreational drug use is socially acceptable and should be decriminalized, the use and possession of marijuana and other drugs is still a crime. Many of these drug charges emerge from police involvement in motor vehicle accidents or traffic stops, while others result from searches of persons, homes and businesses. In most drug possession cases, search and seizure laws (and whether or not authorities properly followed them) play an important role in the outcome. The amount, type of drug, and your possible intent to distribute will largely determine the seriousness of the charge.
A drug crime conviction can bring about many negative consequences. In addition to a conviction on your record, there will be fines, court costs and the possible forfeiture of your property, including your vehicle if the drugs were discovered in your car.
Marijuana Possession and Trafficking in Illinois
Although it is becoming socially acceptable to use marijuana, the Illinois court system still considers it illegal and imposes harsh penalties for its possession and use. Persons found with up to 2.5 grams of marijuana can face a Class C misdemeanor charge with maximum sentence of up to 30 days in county jail and fines of up to $500. Larger quantities of marijuana will result in more serious charges and harsher penalties, including elevating cases of trafficking to felony level.
Dangerous Illinois Drug Crimes
Cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and other addictive drugs fall under an even more strict set of laws carrying harsher penalties. For example, defendants could face Class 4 felony charges with maximum sentence of three years in state prison and fines of $25,000 for possessing less than 15 grams of cocaine or heroin. Possessing 15-99 grams can further increase the sentence to a maximum of 15 years. Fines and prison terms are not the only potential consequences of drug crime convictions. Offenders can also lose certain property such as homes and automobiles depending on the circumstances of the case.
Despite being charged with a drug crime, you still have constitutional rights and are entitled to present an aggressive defense to those charges. It is common for police to infringe upon your constitutional rights during searches. If it is found that your rights were violated, a motion can be filed to have the discovered evidence excluded from Court. Even if your factual circumstances do not lend themselves to a trial, entering into a negotiated plea agreement between your counsel and the prosecution can result in a reduction of the charges and keep you from having to serve any jail time.
Illinois residents charged with drug crimes can turn to Michael V. LoCicero, Attorney at Law for an experienced and dedicated legal defense. Our DuPage County drug charges defense lawyer will thoroughly examine the charges against you and look for any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case that can put you in a stronger position. Contact us today at 630-932-7007 for a free consultation. Our law office represents clients facing drug charges in Cook County and DuPage County; including the city of Chicago, Elmhurst, Lombard, Hillside, Darien, Lemont, Naperville, Bridgeview, and Maywood.