Heroin Possession Attorney in Chicago
Heroin use and trafficking in the Chicago area has been growing, which in turn has caused police and prosecutors to be more zealous in prosecuting crimes involving this controlled substance. It is therefore crucial that you are defended by an experienced Chicago criminal defense lawyer who understands the legal system and the mindset of the prosecution. At the Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates, our team includes former criminal prosecutors who have handled thousands of cases all over Cook County and the surrounding counties. We know how these cases work and are ready to use our experience to seek better results for you.
Heroin Possession Charges and Penalties
Heroin is generally considered one of the most dangerous illegal drugs present in society today. This is based on its high potential for addiction and psychological and physical harm to the user. It is illegal to possess heroin in any quantity in Illinois. The more heroin one is found to possess, the more severe the charges and the sentence for the crime becomes. Possession of heroin is a Class 1 felony for all amounts possessed of 15 grams or more. Possession of less than 15 grams is a Class 4 felony. Penalties for heroin possession are as follows:
- 15 to 99 grams – 4 to 15 years
- 100 to 399 grams – 6 to 30 years
- 400 to 899 grams – 8 to 40 years
- 900 grams or more – 10 to 50 years
Possession with intent to deliver carries penalties of from 3 to 60 years in prison. Additionally, a defendant may be fined the full street value of the drug or up to $200,000, whichever is greater.
Consult with a Chicago Defense Lawyer
At our firm, we understand the devastation that being charged with a serious drug crime can create and how it can affect you and your loved ones. Our skilled lawyers can help you by:
- Working to get your bail reduced or entirely removed;
- Filing a motion to have evidence suppressed;
- Negotiating with the prosecution to have your charges reduced or dismissed; and
- Painstakingly interviewing witnesses and the police.
We will provide the strongest defense possible in your case to help you avoid the many consequences of a heroin possession or trafficking conviction.
Contact a Chicago heroin possession attorney today – your consultation is free!