Defending Your Freedom and Future against Drug Charges in Southern Illinois
Whether this is your or your loved one’s first arrest, or there are prior charges and/or convictions involved, you can’t afford to be without an experienced legal defense to fight the government’s accusations.
Criminal defense is the only area of the law that our firm handles. Our founding attorney, Madelyn Daley, has more than 20 years of experience representing people accused of both misdemeanor and felony drug charges in Illinois.
The practice focuses solely on criminal law, and we stay well informed about changes in the law, sentencing guidelines and alternative programs for first-time or low-risk offenders.
Plea bargains play an important role in cases involving drugs. It is essential that your defense lawyer be strategic in responding to the charges you face.
Drug Charge Defense Attorneys Who Understand The Law And Your Options.
Our attorneys represent people charged with misdemeanor and felony drug crimes in St. Clair County and all surrounding areas of southern Illinois. We can help you if you have been charged with illegal possession, distribution, manufacturing or trafficking of any of the following controlled substances:
- Cocaine and crack cocaine
- Prescription medication
Drug laws and sentencing are constantly changing. We stay at the forefront of developments in drug policy to understand what the government must prove when it accuses a client of committing a drug-related crime. With this experience and knowledge, we can often help clients avoid jail time and crippling financial penalties.
Many drug cases involve illegally obtained evidence and other missteps on the part of the police. As experienced drug crime attorneys, we can quickly spot these and other constitutional issues that can significantly help your defense.
Illinois has an increasing number of deferred adjudication programs available to defendants who meet certain criteria. For example, first-time offenders, veterans and people with mental illness or other special needs may be able to avoid a criminal conviction or jail time by taking advantage of these programs. We have the experience to know when these are the best options for clients and when it is more appropriate to challenge the government’s accusations in court.
ANSWERING QUESTIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED ABOUT ILLINOIS DRUG CHARGES
Few things have the destructive potential of a drug crimes conviction. Whether it is your first offense or you already have a record, a drug conviction can result in harsh criminal penalties and the lifelong consequences that come from having a criminal record.
With so much at stake, you likely have questions. Read on for answers to common questions we receive from prospective clients at Madelyn Daley & Associates. We have been defending against drug charges in Southern Illinois for more than 20 years and dedicate our practice exclusively to criminal defense.
What are the penalties for a drug crime?
The penalties vary wildly depending on whether a charge is a felony or misdemeanor. In general, misdemeanor offenses are punishable by fines and jail time, while felony offenses can result in harsher fines and prison sentences. Federal offenses have the harshest sentences and are often subject to mandatory minimum penalties.
Does the amount of the drug influence the charges and penalties?
Yes. Using drug possession as an example, possessing a higher amount of a drug can result in more severe charges. There are thresholds that, when crossed, will bring felony possession charges instead of misdemeanor possession charges.
Will a drug charge stay on my record in the state of Illinois?
Drug charges may stay on your record for a period of time, but a drug conviction will potentially follow you around for the rest of your life. Having a drug conviction on your record will make it more difficult to find employment, limit your housing opportunities, and wreak havoc anytime you undergo a criminal background check. The damage of a drug conviction lasts much longer than the criminal sentence itself.
What are the penalties for a methamphetamine drug conviction?
Our region, like many, is in the ongoing grip of a methamphetamine epidemic, resulting in a high number of methamphetamine-related criminal charges. A conviction for possession as little as 100 grams of meth can result in a $200,000 fine and up to 15 years in prison. These are serious charges that require a serious defense.
Get Legal Help Now. Call for a Free Phone Consultation.
If you or a loved one are facing criminal drug charges, you need a lawyer you can trust on your side. Call at 618-297-8365 or send an email to schedule a free phone consultation and get answers from our experienced drug crimes defense attorneys. Contact Madelyn Daley & Associates at our Belleville, IL office to learn how we can help you or a loved one fight criminal charges.