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DuPage County Drug Possession Defense Lawyer

Lombard Drug Possession Defense Attorney

Drug Crimes Attorney Serving Lombard and Elmhurst Areas

Over the last few years, attitudes regarding the possession of certain drugs—marijuana, in particular—have started to evolve throughout the country. Several dozen states have implemented medical marijuana programs, and some have even legalized recreational use of the drug. Other states, including Illinois, have chosen to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession, effectively eliminating criminal prosecution for possessing relatively small amounts.

At The Law Offices of Mia S. McPherson, P.C., we realize that despite changing social views on certain drugs, the penalties for other drug crimes remain extremely serious. Charges for the possession of cocaine, heroin, and amphetamines could result in hefty fines and lengthy prison sentences. The consequences are even more severe for what the law calls "delivery" of illegal drugs. If you have been charged with drug possession or possession with intent to deliver, you must act quickly. Contact our office for help.

Drug Possession Lawyer in Maywood and Addison

The severity of a drug possession charge depends on the type of drug and the amount found by the police leading up to and following an arrest. Illinois law recognizes two types of possession: actual and constructive. "Actual possession" refers to drugs found in a person's pocket or in a purse or bag that he or she was carrying immediately prior to the search and subsequent arrest. "Constructive possession" refers to illegal substances found in person's car, home, or other location over which the suspect has control.

Both actual and constructive possession carry the same penalties, but the strategies used by prosecutors may be different. This is because proving that a suspect was knowingly in constructive possession of an illegal drug is often much more difficult than proving actual possession.

As a former local prosecutor and public defender, Attorney Mia S. McPherson understands that the details of each case will determine the best options for building a responsible defense. When you are facing drug possession charges, she will work closely with you in reviewing your situation. She will thoroughly investigate the facts of your case to help you determine the best strategy to handle the situation in order to protect your rights and your future.

Intent to Deliver and Delivery of Illegal Drugs in Illinois

Distributing an illegal drug is known in Illinois law as "delivery," and the term refers to an attempted or successful transfer of an illicit substance to another person, regardless of payment. While a sale is not required to make delivery illegal, such a transaction is the most common method of transforming a "possession with intent to deliver" charge to a "delivery of a controlled substance" charge. It is important to keep in mind that simply giving another person an illegal drug—including prescription medication prescribed for someone else—could result in felony charges for delivery.

Charges of possession with intent to deliver are usually based on the volume of the drugs found and how they have been stored or prepared. For example, if the police conduct a legal search and find a small box full of small, pre-portioned bags of cocaine, charges for possession with intent to deliver are likely, even if there was no indication that a sale was imminent.

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If you have been charged with any type of drug crime, you need an attorney who will fight on your behalf throughout the criminal justice process. At our law firm, we develop close working relationships with our clients, treating each one like a member of our family. Contact our office today to get the help you need. Call 630-833-3611 for a free consultation. We proudly serve DuPage County and the surrounding areas.

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