Being charged with a drug crime can have dire, life-changing consequences if you do not choose an experienced legal team to defend your rights. In Illinois, possession with intent to distribute or sell may be classified as a Class 2 felony, a Class 1 felony or a Class X felony. Penalties range from minimum mandatory jail sentences to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
Sentences are more severe when the substance in question is considered highly dangerous or addictive, when larger quantities of drugs are involved, when the defendant has a previous felony conviction, when weapons violations simultaneously occurred and when the delivery is to a minor under the age of 18. An experienced Chicago criminal defense attorney from Fagan, Fagan & Davis is prepared to thoroughly investigate and aggressively defend your case.
Facing the possibility of losing your life as you know it is an unsettling and frightening experience. We understand the weight that is on your shoulders, just as we understand that when you retain our services, it becomes our responsibility to provide you with effective legal defense. We have worked with countless clients who have been charged with drug possession and intent to distribute, and we have successfully won their cases, allowing them to return to their lives.
How can I fight my charges?
Possession with intent to deliver or sell is a charge that is generally determined by the weight of the drug found, although in some cases even possession of a small amount of a controlled substance can lead to a possession with intent to sell charge. Certain drug paraphernalia items, such as scales, may also be used as evidence of intent. In many cases, a defendant is charged with intent to sell solely based on the arresting officer's assessment of the situation, even if the drug in possession was only meant for personal use.
In such circumstances, it is imperative to retain the advocacy of a knowledgeable and aggressive defense team that can protect your rights and fight against these baseless charges. Our firm has over 100 years of combined experience in defending clients who are charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses, and we can ensure your rights are protected. When accused of such a serious crime, you cannot hesitate to enlist the powerful representation you deserve. Contact a Chicago criminal defense lawyer from our knowledgeable team today!