Lake County Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney
Positive Results for Drug Trafficking Charges in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago
The State of Illinois has, at different times, been ranked second among states for incarceration for drug crimes. Perhaps because of this, the state is very tough on drug offenses. Whether you have unexpectedly been charged with drug trafficking, or you believe you will be charged, the sooner you contact an experienced Lake County attorney, the better your chances for a favorable outcome. The offense of drug trafficking in the state of Illinois is significantly tied to the amount of the illegal substances involved. The Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, P.C. clearly understands the grave nature of drug trafficking charges in the greater Cook County area. Our drug charges lawyer is a dependable, highly respected criminal defense attorney, well-known for creative solutions to legal problems.
Illinois Drug Trafficking Charges are No Laughing Matter
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your charges you could face extremely serious penalties for drug trafficking. The penalties for possession, manufacturing and delivery offenses range from a Class 3 felony on the low end to a Class X felony on the high end. Class 3 felonies carry minimum sentences of two to five years, and in drug trafficking cases, the sentence is “not more than twice the maximum term.”
Class X felonies carry a minimum term of six to thirty years and a maximum term of fifteen to sixty years, depending on the type and weight of the substance. A drug trafficking conviction would effectively double that penalty. Persons found guilty of drug trafficking in Illinois could also be required to pay a fine from $75,000 to $1,000,000. In order to be convicted of drug trafficking in the state of Illinois, it must be proven that you brought drugs (including marijuana) into Illinois and had intent to manufacture or deliver those illegal substances. Drugs included in trafficking offenses include:
- Crack cocaine;
- Prescription medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone (should the prosecution be able to show that the possession was illegal); and
- Marijuana (if 2500 grams or more is brought into the State of Illinois).
Defending Against Drug Trafficking Charges in Illinois
Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt prides himself on remaining current on the ever-changing legal climate regarding drug charges—and believes you deserve a second chance. As a former Cook County prosecutor, Northbrook drug charges lawyer Matthew R. Gebhardt will thoroughly examine the constitutionality of your search and seizure, will examine all circumstances surrounding your arrest and will investigate all those involved in the incident. He will work hard to suppress any evidence which was obtained without probable cause, in violation of your constitutional rights. When possible, a motion will be filed to suppress evidence or a motion to dismiss or quash the arrest. If he is successful in suppressing the evidence found against you, the prosecution will have a hard time proving your guilt.
From indictment to plea bargaining, trial to sentencing, our law firm plan ahead, implementing every creative solution available to obtain a positive outcome for your charges and your future. We know you have many questions, and we will ensure those questions are answered while aggressively fighting the charges against you. Keep in mind that skilled representation can often result in dropped or reduced charges, drug rehab, community service, probation or other alternatives.
Minimizing the Damage
Should you be found guilty of drug trafficking Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt understands the Illinois criminal justice system and is well-versed in potential sentencing options. Attorney Gebhardt wants to ensure you do not become a victim of the strict sentencing guidelines of the state of Illinois and has a true passion for taking on complex drug cases and obtaining positive results. If you are facing drug trafficking charges in Northbrook, contact our office for a free consultation. Call 773-383-8745 or 847-239-4703 today.