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Chicago Drug Crimes Attorney

Experienced Attorneys Defending You Against Drug-Related Crimes in Chicago

Criminal offenses related to controlled substances can carry serious penalties that could have a significant impact on your future. There are a multitude of substances that are regulated by both the state of Illinois and the federal government, and they can range from "hard drugs" that are considered to be dangerous and highly addictive to medications that may be prescribed by doctors and used to treat various medical conditions. While the possession of certain substances can lead to serious charges, the penalties will increase significantly if a person is accused of distributing drugs to others.

If you are facing drug charges, it is important to get the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands the complexities of these cases and the defense strategies that may be available. The Law Offices of James F. DiQuattro can work to protect your rights in these situations while determining whether there are any mitigating factors that may help reduce or eliminate your charges. We will ensure that all applicable laws are followed correctly, and we will advise you on whether you may qualify for probation that will allow you to avoid a conviction while receiving treatment for drug addiction. With our knowledge and experience on your side, you can rest assured knowing you have the best chance of achieving a favorable outcome in your case.

Types of Drug Charges in Illinois

Controlled substances are grouped into different "schedules" based on their potential for addiction, the possibility of harm for their users, and their accepted medical uses. Schedule I drugs are generally considered to be the most addictive and dangerous substances, with little to no valid medical uses. Drug charges related to these substances are the most serious offenses, but cases involving drugs in other schedules can also result in severe penalties, including lengthy prison sentences and large fines.

Drug crimes will usually involve offenses related to:

  • Drug possession - These charges may apply if police officers find that a person has controlled substances on their person or their property, including their home or their vehicle. The penalties can vary depending on the specific substances a person allegedly possessed and the amount of drugs involved in a case. For "hard drugs," possession of at least 15 grams will usually result in Class 1 felony charges.
  • Manufacture or delivery of drugs - More serious charges will apply if a person is accused of distributing drugs to others. Charges related to drug manufacturing may involve growing certain drugs, synthesizing chemicals, or packaging drugs with the intent of distributing them to others. If a person was found in possession of large amounts of a substance, they may be charged with possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. These offenses will often result in Class X felony charges.
  • Drug trafficking - Large-scale drug distribution schemes will often involve transporting substances across state lines or international borders. If a person is accused of transporting drugs into Illinois for the purpose of distributing them to others or transporting substances into Illinois in order to manufacture controlled substances, they may be charged with drug trafficking at the state level. The penalties for this offense are usually double the sentences that would apply for manufacturing or delivering the same amount of drugs in question. Federal charges for drug trafficking may also apply in some situations, and when a person is convicted in federal court, they may be required to serve mandatory minimum prison sentences and pay millions of dollars in fines.

Contact Our Chicago Drug Crimes Defense Attorney

Drug crimes are taken very seriously in Illinois, and the penalties can be severe. If you have been arrested on drug charges, the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney is crucial. The Law Offices of James F. DiQuattro has extensive experience representing individuals charged with drug offenses in Chicago and Cook County. We will work closely with you to ensure that you understand your best options for defense. Contact us today by calling 312-627-9482 for more information about our services or to schedule a free consultation.

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