Chicago’s Leading Criminal Defense Attorney For Drug Trafficking Charges
A person can be convicted of Controlled Substance Trafficking if he or she comes into Illinois for the purpose of manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance. Even possessing a small amount of drugs can lead to a trafficking conviction. The penalties associated with a conviction are severe, and the consequences can be long lasting. If you are facing drug trafficking charges, you need experienced legal representation immediately.
What is Drug Trafficking?
Drug trafficking laws cover many different stages in a drug transaction. Drug trafficking refers to knowingly possessing, manufacturing, or selling drugs. The drugs in question can be illegal ones such as marijuana, cocaine or heroin, or they can include prescription drugs such as oxycodone.
Penalties for Drug Trafficking
The severity of the penalties for drug trafficking generally depends on what type of drug was involved. Drugs that are considered to be more dangerous to society will usually result in greater penalties. Additionally, drug trafficking penalties can be enhanced if certain factors are present, such as if the drugs were sold to a minor or in a school zone.
Drug trafficking is a felony offense, and the applicable punishments are harsh. In addition to fines of up to $25,000, there can also be lengthy prison sentences, depending on the type of felony conviction. A Class X Felony can result in six to 30 years in prison, a Class 1 Felony is punishable by four to 15 years in prison, a Class 2 Felony three to seven years in prison and a Class 3 Felony conviction can result in up to five years in prison.
In addition to fines and prison time, a drug trafficking conviction on your criminal record can make it difficult to find gainful employment, enroll in school and find housing. Because of the long-lasting ramifications of a drug trafficking conviction, it is imperative you obtain legal counsel.
Defense of Drug Trafficking Charges
You may think that you have no choice but to plead guilty if you are arrested for drug trafficking. However, there are defense strategies we can use to reach a favorable outcome for you. Attorney Dry will investigate the procedures used during your arrest to determine if your rights were violated, or if you were not informed of your rights. Additionally, Attorney Dry will determine if any searches conducted were legal. The time following an arrest is stressful. Working with Attorney Dry will place over 35 years of experience in the Illinois criminal justice system on your side.