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Drug Crimes/Narcotic Offenses – Cook County, Illinois

Call a Chicago Drug Crimes and Narcotics Offense criminal attorney at 312-229-5500 for legal help with Drug Crimes and Narcotics Offenses.  We can help.

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What are the Drug Laws in Illinois?

Under 720 ILCS 550/4, it is illegal to possess, sell, manufacture or possess with the intent to traffic cannabis, heroin, cocaine, Meth, LSD, Ecstasy or similar substances.  The weight of the drugs recovered determines the class of crime.

What are the Sentences for Drug Charges?


For marijuana possession, it is a Misdemeanor if the amount is under 30 grams.  Misdemeanors can carry up to 1 year in jail and a $2,500.00 fine.  However, as an alternative to jail or a criminal conviction, you may be eligible for drug school or Court Supervision.

If the amount of marijuana is over 30 grams, you can be charged with a felony.  For felony possession of cannabis cases, as a possible alternative to jail and a felony conviction, you may be eligible for drug probation so long as there was no manufacturing or trafficking involved.  This probation is sometimes referred to as “710” probation.” (See 720 ILCS 550/10).


Possession of Heroin, Cocaine, Meth, LSD, Ecstasy, Acid or similar drugs, can be charged as a felony.  However, as an alternative to jail, you may be eligible for drug school, or certain “types” of probation, which when completed, may be expunged depending on your criminal criminal history.  These types of probation may include, “1410” probation, TASC probation, or drug probation.  (See 720 ILCS 570/410, and 720 ILCS 646/70).


1) For cannabis cases involving manufacture, delivery, or with intent to deliver more than 10 grams are felonies 2) ln cases involving Heroin, Cocaine, Meth, Ecstasy, LSD, or Acid Possession, or similar substances, all such cases are felonies and the class of felony depends on the amount recovered. (720 ILCS 570/402).  The sentence may be enhanced to a Class X non-probationable felony, with a sentence from 6 to 30 years, if the transaction occurred within 1000 feet of a school, church, public park, or a movie theater.

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Can Drug Cases be Expunged?

If you are placed in drug school, or on TASC, 710, 1410, or drug probation, it is possible that the arrest and case record can be expunged, depending on your criminal record.

Why Choose Legal Defenders for Your Cook County Drug Case?

We have represented thousands of clients over the last 20 years with great success.  We understand how important it is that you clear your name and not be labeled a criminal.  When our attorneys appear in Court, our clients are represented by a highly skilled criminal defense attorney with one goal in mind:  To Win!

On the first Court date, we immediately file with the Court a Motion for Discovery which requires the Prosecutor to give us all of the evidence that they have against you, including police reports, statements, pictures and video and audio tapes of 911 calls.  The Prosecutor is required to give us all the evidence they intend to use against you, even if the evidence that you are innocent.

After we review all of the evidence, we will typically file a Motion to Dismiss, Motion to Quash Arrest and Suppress Evidence, Motion to Suppress Statement or any other motions if warranted by the facts and law.  The idea is to win the case before it goes to trial.

When your freedom and reputation is at stake, trust our experienced criminal defense attorneys to fight the State and its hired prosecutors to win your case.  We have a proven track record of winning drug cases with thousands of grateful and satisfied clients.

If you are facing Drug charges in Cook County, give us a call.  We can help.

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Are you facing Drug Crimes or Narcotics Offenses in Cook County?

Call a Chicago Drug Crimes and Narcotics Offense criminal lawyer at 312-229-5500 for legal help with Drug Crimes and Narcotics Offenses.  We can help.

*Felony cases in Cook County are held at The George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse located at 2600 S. California Avenue, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview and Markham.
*Preliminary Hearings and Misdemeanor cases are held at all the Branch Courthouses and also at Grand and Central, Belmont and Western, 51st and Wentworth, 111th Street and Harrison and Kedzie.
*Central Bond Court is located at The George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse, 2600 S. California Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60608.
*Domestic Battery and Domestic Violence cases are held at 555 W. Harrison, Chicago, Illinois 60607.
*Juvenile cases are held at 1100 S. Hamilton, Chicago, Illinois 60612.
*Traffic Court is at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602.
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Drug Charges Dismissed
The prosecutors dismissed misdemeanor possession of marijuana charges against our client on the eve of trial after we called their bluff and proved to them that we were ready for trial. Our client is currently on felony probation for a Class 2 felony for Battery to a Police Officer.

No Probable Cause For Drug Case
We were able to persuade a Judge at the Bridgeview Courthouse that there was no probable cause to charge our client with Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Experience Matters

The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with Drug/Narcotics Cases.  Our experienced and seasoned attorneys will give you the best chance of winning your case.

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Why You Need Us For Your Drug Case?

The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at the Legal Defenders, PC will examine all aspects of your case and will use their experience to win your case or get your case dismissed.  We always put our clients first.  We will keep you informed of the progress of your case and look for every angle to win your case.  We understand that your future is at stake and will approach the handling of your case like it was our own case.

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We've helped hundreds avoid jail, fines or both. In criminal cases, winning is everything.
We have at least 15 years of experience. We spend our days in Court — we are aware of changes to the laws and local court. We know what we are doing!
Our fees are very reasonable. We do not bill by the hour. We evaluate your case and quote you a reasonable flat fee. Straight talk and fair fees!
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We only take criminal cases. Beware of attorneys who claim to be criminal defense attorneys that are really real estate attorneys and divorce attorneys. Our attorneys only handle criminal cases.
We have years of experience — we've developed professional relationships with prosecutors and judges which we use to help you.

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