Chicago Defense Attorney For Drug Possession Cases
Criminal drug possession can occur when a person is carrying a drug, or a drug is found on his or her property. The possession of a drug is a serious crime that is punishable by incarceration and steep fines. Punishments can also be increased for repeat offenders. If you are facing charges of drug possession in Illinois, contact Chicago drug possession attorney Fred Dry as soon as possible.
Misdemeanor and Felony Possession
Possession can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony based on certain factors: the type of drug, the amount of drug and intent.
Possession or delivery of some drugs is punished more severely than others. For example, the possession of heroin, cocaine or morphine in Illinois is a Class 1 felony, whereas the possession of an anabolic steroid is a Class C or Class B misdemeanor if committed more than once in two years.
The higher the amount of the drug in your possession, the more likely it is that you will be charged with a felony. For instance, possession of up to 2.5 grams of anything that contains cannabis is a Class C misdemeanor, whereas possession of 30-500 grams is a Class 4 felony.
If you possess a drug with the intent to distribute, you will be facing felony charges. However, possession of Cannabis for personal use may not result in a felony charge.
Repeat offenders may find themselves facing felony charges for a crime that would have otherwise been charged as a misdemeanor. Likewise, subsequent felony convictions can result in harsher penalties. For example, subsequent convictions for a class A misdemeanor can be charged as a class 4 felony, and subsequent convictions for a class 4 felony can be charges as a class 3 felony.
Defense of Drug Possession Charges
A drug conviction has serious consequences. Not only will you be facing jail or prison time and expensive fines, your conviction can seriously impact your career opportunities and your ability to find housing, among other things. If you are facing drug charges, you need a lawyer with over 35 years experience in reaching favorable resolutions for his clients. Attorney Fred Dry will aggressively advocate on your behalf. He will work to ensure your rights were protected throughout your arrest and booking process. In addition, Attorney Dry will investigate whether your Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure were violated. If it is found that your rights were violated, he can motion to have your charges dismissed.