Any drug charge in Illinois is a serious matter and should be met with a prompt and effective response. State attorneys do not hesitate to prosecute drug cases when they can, and, upon conviction, a defendant can be looking at steep fines, a lengthy prison sentence and strict terms of parole or probation.
Moreover, convictions in drug cases have other “hidden” consequences. For instance, someone with a felony drug conviction will have a harder time finding a job or obtaining affordable housing. In some professions, any drug conviction can be an absolute career deal-breaker.
One drug that commonly comes up in the courts in and around Belleville is methamphetamine, “meth”. Even a first time offense for possession of meth can mean, in the worst case, a $200,000 fine and 15 years in prison. Someone who gets accused of planning to sell or trade meth may have to pay a $500,000 fine and faces a good chunk of his or life, decades, in the state penitentiary.
While results cannot be guaranteed in every case, a person who is charged with serious drug crimes should not assume he or she will be convicted and so should take the first deal the prosecution offers. Our law office, for instance, works very hard to investigate each and every one of our client’s cases in an effort to find some hole in the state’s argument. We also hold the police and prosecutors accountable for their actions, as all of their searches and other actions must comply with both the federal and state constitutions as well as the whole body of Illinois law.
We have over 15 years of experience helping criminal defendants faced with serious drug charges. Our first effort is to get charges lowered or even dropped, but we do no hesitate to take a case to trial if necessary.