Chicago Drug Crime Attorney
Penalties and Sentencing Alternatives for Drug Crimes
Drug crimes can carry harsh penalties if convicted, both at the state and federal level. There are many variations in the law regarding sentencing as affected by the type and amount of drug and the nature of the offense. Drug crimes include such acts as possession, possession with intent, manufacturing, cultivation and trafficking. The specific type of drug allegedly found in a defendant's possession and the intended outcome for that drug – such as trafficking versus personal use – can drastically affect a sentence. A prior criminal record will also affect sentencing.
If you want the greatest opportunity of avoiding the many serious penalties associated with drug charges, it is crucial to involve a Chicago criminal lawyer as soon as possible. While most courts will tend to be more lenient on first time offenders, you still need a competent Chicago drug crime attorney to help navigate the criminal justice system.
When you work with a Chicago drug crime lawyer from the Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates, our legal team will work towards the best possible result on your behalf. While we always seek an acquittal or dismissal, we are also skilled in negotiating alternative and lessened sentences. As long as certain terms are met, this can include reduction of a sentence to probation, such as regular drug testing, mandatory treatment program and court supervision. If all terms are met, dismissal of charges or suspended sentences might follow.
Mandatory Minimum Penalties for Drug Offenses
Certain drug offenses fall into classes that require certain minimum and maximum sentencing depending on prior criminal history. These include hefty fines in addition to up to 30 years in prison for some of the more severe drug crimes. Negotiating these more serious sentences requires an aggressive and knowledgeable legal representative who can help you through this procedure.
Consult With a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago
Our firm's goal in defending you for drug violations and sentencing is to pursue alternatives to sentencing as much as possible, based on the circumstances of your case. By negotiating for treatment programs, drug testing or court supervision, we will strive to minimize the sentence you may be facing. With many years of experience in Chicago, all of Cook County and the surrounding areas, you can rely on our firm to provide you with a quality defense.
If you're facing drug charges, you do not have to face a conviction and harsh penalties. Contact a Chicago drug crime attorney at our firm for a free consultation – we are here to help!