Skilled Illinois Criminal Defense Attorneys Representing Those Charged with Drug Possession
While possession of a small amount of marijuana (less than 10 grams) is a misdemeanor, most drug charges are felonies and result in substantial fines and jail time. If the drug possession or sale is within 1,500 feet of a school, church, public park, or a movie theater (or if a firearm is in possession at the time of a drug arrest) the court may double the fine and the sentence. As a result of strict sentencing guidelines, drug convictions account for a significant part of the increase in Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) admissions over the past 10 years.
In addition to a long jail sentence, any felony conviction will make it difficult to get a job in the future. Even misdemeanor convictions for possession of a small amount of marijuana will be on your criminal record and can be viewed by prospective employers. If your child is convicted of a drug charge, he or she will not be able to obtain any government student aid, loans, or grants for one year for a first conviction or two years for a second conviction.
To preserve your freedom and your future, you need a drug defense attorney who is willing to fight for you. We have obtained dismissals and not guilty verdicts in dozens of felony drug cases, including cases where our clients had more than 20 kilos of drugs in their possession.
We handle all types of drug cases, including:
- Possession of narcotics or another controlled substance (such as heroin, cocaine, morphine, marijuana, ecstasy, methamphetamine, and LSD)
- Delivery of narcotics or another controlled substance
- Sale, manufacture, possession of narcotics or another other controlled substance with intent to traffic
- Unlawful possession of meth (amphetamine), manufacturing chemicals and equipment
Our drug defense lawyers are very familiar with constitutional defenses. We will analyze the police reports to find out if the search and seizure was legitimate. Through cross-examination of arresting officers, we can attack their credibility and break down the case against you.
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Illinois Drug Charge Defense Attorneys John W. Callahan, Ltd.
Representing clients throughout the Chicago metro area and the suburbs of Wheaton, Hoffman Estates, Oak Park, Palatine, Skokie, Cicero, Tinley Park, and Elmhurst, the Schaumburg, Illinois law office of John W. Callahan, Ltd. defends your constitutional rights. Drug charges almost always involve questions involving evidence and due process. When you were arrested,
- Were you read your rights?
- Were witnesses involved?
- Could you call an attorney?
- Was the evidence properly collected?
- Were you asked questions before you were mirandized?
- Did the officer have probable cause before searching your car?
- Did the police conduct an illegal search of your house or other belongings?
- If on a public street, did the search exceed the area under your immediate control?
If you face drug charges, contact the drug charge defense lawyers of John W. Callahan, Ltd. today. Our vigilant defense attorneys critically evaluate the prosecution's case and relentlessly challenge shaky evidence, questionable witness testimony, and improper police procedures.
Preparing a Strong Defense
The law office of John W. Callahan, Ltd. defend clients in both federal and state court who have been charged with drug offenses such as the following:
- Drug Conspiracy
- Drug Trafficking
- Distribution of Drugs
- Manufacture of Drugs
- Transportation of Drugs
- Sale of Illegal Substances
- Possession, Small Amount
- Possession, Large Amount
- Sale of Narcotics to Minors
- Possession With Intent To Sell
- Sale of Drugs On School Property
- Fraudulently Obtaining Prescription Drugs
If you are charged with a drug offense, you need a lawyer immediately. If convicted, you could face years in prison, a hefty fine, and difficulty finding a job in the future. Depending on your criminal record and the reaction of the jury, your sentence could involve the maximum penalty available. The drug charge defense attorneys of John W. Callahan, Ltd. provide you with the defense you need to increase the likelihood of a reduced sentence or a dismissal of the charges.
Don't Assume the Police Go by the Book
On shows like "CSI" or "Law and Order," the police are portrayed as upstanding professionals with an endless array of technological resources at their disposal for collecting and preserving evidence. Investigators and District Attorneys are portrayed as tireless crusaders for truth and justice. Unfortunately, the real world is drastically different. The police do not always follow proper procedures and district attorneys are often embroiled in the politics of their own office.
At John W. Callahan, Ltd., our lawyers understand the ways in which your constitutional rights can be compromised. We don't stand idly by and let police behavior or testimony go unchallenged. Nor are we willing to allow a prosecutor to sacrifice your freedom on the altar of his or her own ambition.
Kane County Drug Crimes Defense Attorney
Many people are shocked to learn the penalties associated with drug crimes. Most drug crimes are felonies. With the exception of possession of small quantities of marijuana, drug charges will carry the potential of a year or more in jail and large fines. At the law offices of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd., we defend people charged with drug possession, cultivation, trafficking and other drug offenses in Kane County. While many crimes lead to fewer convictions than in prior years, drug crimes continue to be a major area of focus for police and prosecutors.
Drug Possession Defense in Illinois
Possession of an illegal substance, whether it be cocaine, meth, heroin or even illegally obtained prescription drugs, is a serious offense. Certain factors can increase the penalties associated with drug possession. If you are arrested in possession of drugs within1,500 feet of a school, public park, church or theater, it could double your sentence. If you are illegally in possession of a firearm at the time you are arrested on suspicion of drug possession, that can also escalate the penalties you face. Police may spot the same person in possession of drugs multiple times over the course of an investigation. Prosecutors will charge these crimes cumulatively, ending with a penalty far exceeding what most people expect.
Sentencing guidelines in drug cases can be shocking. It is vital to have a knowledgeable Illinois defense attorney on your side as soon as possible after an arrest. Our firm has been able to obtain dismissals and not guilty verdicts in many challenging drug cases. We are aggressive in protecting our clients' rights. We fight to obtain favorable outcomes for our clients.
Illinois Attorneys Representing Those Charged with Drug Crimes in DuPage County
Over the past 10 years, drug convictions have accounted for a significant part of the increase in Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) admissions.
Almost all drug charges, except for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, are felonies, and subject to prison sentences of at least one year in prison. The most serious drug crimes - those classified as class X felonies - are subject to sentences ranging from six to 30 years. When combined with other charges such unlawful use of a weapon, a drug conviction can amount to life in prison.
To preserve your freedom and your future, you need a drug crimes defense lawyer who is willing to fight for you. We have obtained dismissals and not guilty verdicts in dozens of felony drug cases, including cases where our clients had more than 20 kilos of drugs in their possession.
We handle all types of drug cases, including:
- Possession of narcotics (such as heroin, cocaine, morphine)
- Possession of marijuana or other controlled substances (such as ecstasy, methamphetamine, LSD.)
- Delivery of a narcotic or other controlled substance
- Sale, manufacture, possession with intent to traffic drugs or narcotics
- Unlawful possession of meth (amphetamine), manufacturing equipment and chemicals
- Using fraudulent prescriptions to obtain prescription drugs illegally
Attorneys Michael T. Norris and John W. Callahan are very familiar with constitutional defenses for drug crimes. We will analyze the police reports to find out if the search and seizure was legitimate. Through cross-examination of arresting officers, we can attack their credibility and break down the case against you.
We Win Drug Cases Other Lawyers Said Were Impossible
Don't be pressured into pleading guilty to a drug charge. Contact a Chicago drug crimes defense lawyer at the law offices of John W. Callahan, Ltd. today. We offer a free case evaluation.