This is the next post in my series on the handling of Class “X” felonies in Peoria and other Illinois areas. My last article discussed defending against charges of aggravated vehicular carjacking. A carjacking can become “aggravated” if a deadly weapon is involved. If you face such charges then it is important to contact an attorney immediately as prosecutors aggressively pursue such cases. In this article I will discuss what to expect when facing drug trafficking charges. If you or a family member have been arrested then contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.
Illinois defendants can receive a sentence of up to fifty years for drug trafficking
Drug trafficking occurs in Illinois when an individual brings a banned substance into the state from another state with the intent to distribute it to others. Class X charges will apply to those in possession of highly dangerous and addictive substances such as fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, etc. As with all Class X charges, the defendant will face a minimum of six years in prison and a maximum of at least thirty. The potential maximum sentence can be elevated, however, depending on the amount of the drug involved. In extreme cases a defendant can face up to fifty years in prison. If convicted, the defendant will not be eligible for probation. Furthermore, an individual will be facing fines as well as having a permanent criminal record upon their eventual release from prison.
Defendants who are charged with drug trafficking often face additional charges as well. It is common for such individuals to illegally be in possession of a firearm. This means, for example, that an individual could face charges for drug trafficking while simultaneously being charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. If the defendant is a convicted felon, then they will face charges for being a felon in possession while also being charged with drug trafficking. The number and nature of any charges brought will be within the discretion of the prosecutor and will always depend on the specific facts of the case.
Retain a Peoria lawyer for drug trafficking charges
Drug cases often arise after an individual has been stopped by law enforcement or after some type of search has been conducted. If the police or FBI violated the Fourth Amendment as part of such a stop then it may be possible to have the drugs and other evidence excluded from the Court’s proceedings. Depending on the nature of the charges, such an exclusion may lead to a dismissal of the case. Even if such a dismissal is not possible then your attorney may be able to gain a more favorable outcome. By retaining experienced counsel, one helps to increase the chances of their rights being protected throughout the process.
If you or a family member have been charged with drug trafficking then contact my office today to speak with a Peoria criminal defense lawyer. I am a former prosecutor who devotes his practice to protecting the rights of the accused and my office understands that this is an important time in your life. Contact us online or by telephone to schedule an initial consultation. I also service the cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. I serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.