ARRESTED FOR DRUG POSSESSION?
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Under Illinois criminal statute 720 ILCS 570/402, it is illegal for an individual to possess any type of controlled substance without a valid prescription. If you are facing drug possession charges, you need to retain counsel from the Chicago drug crime attorneys at Abdallah Law right away. With our experienced firm's aggressive and relentless representation, you can be confident that we will do everything we can to make sure you receive a favorable ruling in your case.
There are two distinct crimes that can be charged in relation to drug possession. One of those crimes is merely possession of a controlled substance and the other is possession with intent to distribute. A crime of possession on its own usually comes with less significant penalties than those of distribution.
No matter what, being charged with possession of a controlled substance means that the prosecution must be able to prove the identity of the drugs you are accused of possession, that you knew you were in possession of this substance, and that this substance was in your immediate and exclusive control.
DO I HAVE A DEFENSE AGAINST DRUG POSSESSION CHARGES?
One of the most crucial steps you can take after being arrested for drug possession is to talk with a lawyer about your case. The sooner you obtain legal counsel, the sooner you can begin to build a strategic defense against your drug crime charges. When you work with our drug crimes defense team, you get top-notch counsel, legal guidance, and support. With our insight and understanding on your side, you can craft the best possible defense against your accusations.
We can utilize the following tactics to combat your charges:
- Prove that there was an illegal search and seizure (which could nullify any evidence)
- Demonstrate that you had no knowledge of the drugs on your possession
- Argue that the drugs where not yours or that you didn't know they were illegal
- Show that you did not exercise actual possession of the drugs
- Illustrate that the drugs were prescribed to you specifically
In some cases, you may simply find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. For example, say you gave a friend a ride in your car and then got stopped for running a red light. The officer notices your friend's suspicious behavior and asks to search the car. You say yes without thinking, believing you have nothing to hide. The officer finds drugs stashed under the passenger seat and arrests you for possession. Since the vehicle is yours, the officer may try to pin the crime on you, even though it was your friend that stashed the drugs. Many individuals find themselves in situations like these and do not know where to turn; call Abdallah Law today to get the counsel you need.
WHY YOU NEED OUR FIRM ON YOUR SIDE
We can utilize our years of experience to find the weaknesses in the prosecution's case against you. Whether we need to prove that you were unaware of the drugs or that you were ignorant as to what they were, our team will not stop until we have secured the best possible outcome for your case. We may even be able to negotiate for an alternative substance abuse program instead of jail time or fines in your case.