This is the first post in a series of articles which will discuss the process of defending against drug possession charges in Peoria, Illinois. I felt it was necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that, while the Country’s attitude toward controlled substances has changed in recent years, many individuals are still arrested for possession in our area. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which will help someone in determining how to proceed if they or a loved one have been arrested. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist in the selection of an attorney. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.
I will be addressing several topics over my coming articles. The issues which I will be analyzing include:
- How search and seizure issues impact such cases
- When such cases may be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony
- What to expect at trial in such a case
- Illinois’ penalties for drug possession
- Sealing or expunging a conviction for drug possession
There are multiple reasons why I am choosing to address these topics. First, many defendants make the mistake of thinking that there is “nothing they can do” after they have been arrested with narcotics. If, however, it is shown that law enforcement violated the Fourth Amendment while discovering the drugs, then it may be possible to gain a dismissal of the charges. Second, there are several situations which can elevate a case from a misdemeanor to a felony. These situations relate to the amount of narcotics involved, whether a weapon was present, the type of substance involved, and more. Third, knowing what to expect from trial is important to mounting a vigorous defense. Fourth, if a defendant is facing charges then it is important they understand the potential penalties. Finally, clearing one’s criminal record can make it much easier to find housing, employment, etc.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for drug possession then contact my office today to speak with a Peoria criminal defense lawyer. I am a former prosecutor who now focuses his practice on protecting the rights of the accused. I understand the serious nature of such charges and I will give your case the attention it deserves. I also serve the Illinois counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.