Elgin, IL Drug Possession Attorneys
Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers for Clients in Kane, DuPage, and McHenry Counties
While you may not hear much in the headlines about the War on Drugs anymore, penalties for drug possession are just as strict as they have ever been. In fact, even a small amount of the wrong drug could lead to a long term of incarceration and hefty fines. At Pucci Pirtle, we understand just how frightening these charges and their consequences can be. We work quickly and aggressively to protect your rights and mitigate your charges. Our criminal defense attorneys always strive for the most favorable outcome possible in your drug possession case.
Possession Charges in Kane and McHenry Counties
Under Illinois state law, drug possession charges are separated by class, which indicates their risk of addiction and potential harm to the user. These classifications are as follows:
- Schedule I drugs - Opiates, LSD, methamphetamines, heroin, etc.
- Schedule II drugs - Codeine, morphine, oxycodone, methadone, etc.
- Schedule III drugs - Tranquilizers, steroids, prescription painkillers, etc.
- Schedule IV drugs - Clonazepam, diazepam, lorazepam, etc
- Schedule V drugs - Cough medicines containing codeine, other low-risk prescription solutions.
Possession of higher classification drugs typically carries heavier penalties than lower class drugs, but there are exceptions. Furthermore, classification is just one element used to determine the severity of a drug possession charge. The law will also take into account whether or not the possession is unlawful (without justification or permission). The amount allegedly found on your person will serve as a factor in determining the sentence for your charge as well. There may also be other factors, such as your proximity to a school, that could increase your risk of heavy penalties.
Depending on your circumstances, a conviction could result in up to ten years in prison and up to $200,000 in fines. Your conviction also goes onto your criminal record, which can limit your employment opportunities, housing options, and even keep you from seeking financial aid to further your education or career. Our attorneys take your charges and the risk to your future seriously. We will work hard to help you achieve the most favorable outcome possible.
Elgin, IL Drug Possession Defense Lawyers
If you have recently been arrested for drug possession, put the experience and knowledge of Pucci Pirtle on your side. We will take swift and immediate action to protect your rights. Schedule your free initial consultation and ask how we can help with your drug possession case. Contact us at 847-426-1866 (Elgin, IL office) or 630-945-8807 (St. Charles, IL office) today. Our attorneys serve clients in Algonquin, Geneva, Crystal Lake, Huntley, and the areas of DuPage, Kane, and McHenry Counties.