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Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers in DuPage County

Wood Dale Illegal Drugs Defense Attorney

Itasca Attorney for Clients Facing Drug-Related Charges

Illinois takes illegal drugs very seriously. If you have been charged with drug possession or any other drug crime in Illinois, you could be facing criminal consequences including heavy fees and incarceration. At Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C., we understand how drug charges can negatively affect nearly every aspect of a person's life. That is why our experienced drug crimes defense lawyers offer effective legal representation for clients charged with any offense related to the possession, sale, or manufacture of illicit drugs.

Roselle Drug Possession Criminal Defense

The criminal consequences for being caught in possession of illegal drugs depend on the amount of drugs found in a defendant's possession as well as the type of drug or drugs discovered. All illegal drugs other than cannabis are classified as controlled substances according to Illinois law. Possession of less than 15 grams of any controlled substance is a Class 4 felony punishable by up to three years' incarceration and a fine of up to $25,000. Being caught with more than 15 grams of a controlled substance is generally a Class 1 felony offense. Depending on the amount of and type of drugs found in your possession, you could face a prison sentence of years or even decades.

Drug Distribution and Manufacturing

Simply possessing drugs is considered a lesser offense than manufacturing or selling drugs. Selling drugs is called "delivery of a controlled substance" in Illinois, and you could face delivery charges even if no money is exchanged. It is against the law to knowingly possess illicit drugs for the purpose of delivering or selling. Possession of the following controlled substances with intent to distribute or manufacture is usually a Class X felony, the highest felony offense under Illinois law:

  • Fentanyl;
  • Heroin;
  • Morphine;
  • Cocaine and crack cocaine;
  • LSD;
  • MDMA and ecstasy; and
  • PCP.

Being convicted of drug manufacturing or delivery in Illinois will have life-altering consequences. The penalties for possession with intent to deliver or manufacturer are much harsher than the penalties for simple possession of a controlled substance. Criminal defendants are often charged with possession with intent to deliver when they are caught with large amounts of controlled substances, materials for packing and distributing drugs such as plastic bags, and large amounts of cash. The presence of laboratory supplies and chemicals used in the manufacturing of certain drugs often leads to drug manufacturing charges. If you have been charged with a drug-related crime, it is vital that you stay silent and call us immediately. Do not incriminate yourself by speaking to police.

In many drug cases, the state's case relies heavily on the evidence uncovered during police searches. If the police do not follow proper procedures, such as obtaining a warrant based on probable cause, the evidence produced could be thrown out by the court. If this happens, the charges against you could be dismissed entirely. Our attorneys will investigate the circumstances of your arrest and the behavior of law enforcement officers to determine the best way to handle your specific situation.

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Being convicted of a drug crime will negatively affect your future in many ways. Not only could you face years of incarceration, having a drug-related offense on your criminal record could make it nearly impossible for you to find employment or housing in the future. It is imperative that anyone facing criminal charges for drug possession, possession with intent to deliver, or drug manufacturing speak with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a confidential, cost-free consultation about your case with a qualified drug crimes lawyer, contact Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C. at 630-875-1700 today. Our firm serves clients in Itasca, Wood Dale, Addison, Rosemont, Bensenville, DuPage County, Cook County, and the surrounding areas.

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