DuPage County Drug Possession Defense Attorney
Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor amount of marijuana or delivery of a large quantity of a controlled substance, you will need a skilled and experienced drugs crime defense lawyer to avoid the harshest consequences. Call Stephen A. Brundage, Attorney at Law, at (630) 260-9647 to preserve your rights and discuss your defense in a free initial consultation.
Wheaton, Illinois, Drug Crime Defense
I represent people charged in DuPage, Kane, or Cook counties with any drug crime:
- Possession of cocaine, marijuana, cannabis, heroin, crack, methamphetamine or other illegal drugs
- Possession of legal drugs without a prescription
- Intent to distribute (possessing certain quantities)
- Delivery / sale
- Manufacturing meth or cultivating marijuana
Limiting the Impact
As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, I work to shield clients from the worst outcomes. Convictions for some serious felony drug crimes carry mandatory prison terms. Misdemeanor offenses carry heavy fines and the possibility of jail time. The State of Illinois can even take your car.
Judges have many sentencing options for lower offenses, and some drug charge defendants are eligible for diversion programs that focus on helping the person with their drug addiction. I use my skills and experience to identify clients who would qualify:
- TASC allows you to get treatment and possibly avoid jail, but you plead guilty and the charge could stay on your criminal record.
- In Drug Court in DuPage County, you do not plead guilty, you do not go to jail, and the charge can later be dismissed if you complete treatment.
Illinois law allows forfeiture of your vehicle if it was connected to the drug crime (even including arrest for possession). If the judge orders confiscation, I will fight to retain your vehicle.
Weighing Your Options
A Class X felony for possession or sale of a controlled substance carries mandatory prison of 6 to 30 years, with no possibility of probation. I advise clients on the merits of going to trial vs. negotiating a plea to a lesser offense:
- I have successfully challenged drug crime cases on the basis of illegal search and seizure, resulting in charges being dropped or an acquittal at trial.
- Depending on the facts of your case, I may negotiate with prosecutors to a less serious, probation appropriate charge. The choice to accept a plea is always yours.
Contact a drug crime attorney with the experience to help. Call Stephen A. Brundage, Attorney at Law, immediately at (630) 260-9647 for your free initial consultation.