This is the final post in a series of articles focused on issues that commonly arise in drug trafficking charges in Peoria, Illinois. Drug trafficking is a serious offense. Contrary to what we commonly see in the movies or on television, convictions for drug trafficking are not only reserved for the cartels, gangs, or major drug busts. Those arrested for transporting even small amounts of illegal drugs may face such charges. The potential penalties for drug trafficking include significant jail time and large fines. If you have been accused of such an offense then it is imperative to engage an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible to defend your interests. Contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
This series addressed the following subjects:
- Understanding drug trafficking charges in Illinois
- Penalties for drug trafficking
- Search and seizure issues in drug trafficking charges
- Enhanced penalties for trafficking when other offenses are involved
- What to expect at a drug trafficking trial
I felt it was important to discuss these topics for several reasons. First, importing illegal drugs into Illinois with the intent to manufacture or distribute them constitutes trafficking under state law. Depending upon the substance involved, even small quantities could be considered a violation resulting in charges. Second, the amount and type of illegal substance involved in the incident will dictate the penalty imposed on a defendant convicted of such charges. Illinois law prescribes mandatory minimum sentences, which often include severe incarceration and fines. Third, it is possible to defend oneself against such charges. It is not uncommon, for example, to exclude evidence obtained by police in violation of one’s Fourth Amendment rights. An experienced attorney can assist in determining whether such defenses are available in any given case. Next, when a drug charge is accompanied by one or more other criminal offenses, such as illegal possession of a firearm, an accused may face elevated penalties. It is important to understand how such circumstances may impact one’s case. Last, facing trial may seem like a daunting task. Defendants should understand the basics of the trial process in advance.
Illinois prosecutors and law enforcement take drug trafficking charges seriously. I am a former prosecutor and experience helps me defend my clients in such matters. Contact my office today to speak to a lawyer. We also service the cities of Bloomington, Decatur, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. We also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. Additional areas where we handle federal cases include Benton, Chicago, East St. Louis, Springfield, and Urbana.