Drug Crime

Drug-related offenses are some of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes in our legal system. However, these cases can be complicated because of the various laws that apply to different drugs or controlled substances. When facing the potential consequences of a drug crime, the accused should have the most trusted and experienced criminal defense attorney on their side.

If you are under investigation for a drug crime, Scott W. Sheen & Associates can provide immediate representation. Our attorneys have significant experience representing those facing both minor and severe drug charges. We will examine your drug-related case and develop a strategy for your best possible defense.

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If you face any type of drug charge, be sure that you have a reliable criminal defense attorney on your side.

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Our drug crime attorneys seize every opportunity to have the charges against you dismissed. We are well aware of programs or sentences to avoid convictions on people’s records.

In situations where the prosecution has a compelling case against you, we use our strong negotiating skills and work to reach the most favorable result, whether a diversion program, class program, or plea agreement.

We can also help you fight civil forfeiture actions related to a drug crime charge.

Holding Law Enforcement Accountable

Because controlled substances are illegal to possess without a prescription or license, most defendants do not have a defense to the charge. Many drug cases are won or lost on encoring a client’s constitutional rights by contesting illegal detentions, searches, or seizures.

There are specific rules that govern how law enforcement officials can gather evidence in their case against you. When these rules are not followed, it can have a considerable impact on your case.

Our attorneys know how to research your case to look for these types of issues. We have successfully suppressed evidence based on illegal search and seizure, Miranda rights violations, and other causes.

Our attorneys have handled all types of drug cases, including:

  • Drug Possession
  • Possession with Intent to Sell
  • Trafficking
  • Sale and Distribution
  • Manufacturing
  • Cultivation
  • Cultivation with Intent to Sell
  • Drug Conspiracy
  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Crystal Meth
  • Crack Cocaine
  • Prescription Drugs

General Classification of Offenses

  • Class 4 Felony: 1-3 years
  • Class 3 Felony: 2-5 years
  • Class 2 Felony: 3-7 years
  • Class 1 Felony: 4-15 years
  • Class X Felony: 6-30 years

The punishments for drug offenses vary depending upon the type and quantity of the drug seized. A conviction may carry jail or prison time, punitive fines, loss of driving privileges, counseling, probation, and community service.

Minimum jail time rises when you possess larger drug quantities. A felony drug conviction can remain on your record for life.


Special Drug Case Sentencing for First-time Offenders

Illinois law allows a first-time simple possession offender a chance to complete a special term of probation called 410 or 710 probation, which enables the case to be dismissed without a conviction. This dismissal is very important for those seeking jobs. You may be able to expunge the case and have the records sealed.

TASC Probation (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities)

TASC is a type of probation sentence that helps people with addictions avoid or minimize jail time through treatment. If you meet TASC’s strict eligibility criteria and complete all the requirements, you may be able to avoid a conviction after the program. You complete TASC by fulfilling all treatment requirements, following all service plans, not using drugs or alcohol, and completing probation.

Drug Court Programs Offered by Counties and State’s Attorneys Offices

Each county may have a special program for drug-related cases, such as the Drug Court, for people with drug addictions. Completing this program could result in your sobriety and other benefits such as reduction or avoidance of jail, or dismissal of your case.

It’s vital to consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can advise you through this challenging period. Choosing the right attorney can mean the difference between a permanent criminal record and walking out of court, breathing a sigh of relief.

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