As a criminal drug defense lawyer in the State of Illinois, I have represented hundreds of people charged with possession of heroin in the Chicago area. Typically, the person charged with a heroin offense is charged with a class IV felony. A class IV felony in the State of Illinois carries a potential sentence of 1 to 3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections but it is also a probationable offense.Many clients have asked me if it is wise to have an attorney appear at the preliminary hearing on a possession of heroin offense. My answer to that question is always, yes. A good attorney can always help break down a case at the preliminary hearing and I can't tell you how many times I have won the felony heroin case and have had the case dismissed at the preliminary hearing. Often, the officer testifies quite unbelievably and the judge will not grant probable cause therefore dismissing the case.If you or a loved one has been charged with a heroin related felony in Chicago or one of the surrounding suburbs, criminal drug lawyer Mike Noris and defense attorney John Callahan have had successful results hundreds of times over their combined 60 years of experience representing clients. If you are interested you can click on a video of successful drug cases we have completed in Illinois.