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DuPage County Drug Possession Lawyers

Downers Grove Drug Possession Defense Attorneys

Attorneys in Naperville for Clients Charged With the Possession of Marijuana, Cocaine, and Heroin

When you are facing charges for the possession of illegal drugs, the consequences of a conviction could be severe. The damage to your reputation—both personal and professional—could also be serious. At Goostree Law Group, we realize that the penalties for low-level possession of some drugs have been decreased in Illinois in recent years, but those who possess larger amounts are still subject to hefty fines and long-term incarceration. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers understand the seriousness of drug possession charges, and we are equipped to provide the guidance you need.

Our skilled lawyers have represented clients in a wide variety of criminal cases involving drug charges. In one notable case, our client was facing misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charges, but the case was dismissed due to lack of proof.

Trusted Defense Counsel for Drug Charges in Wheaton and Downers Grove

In the last few years, changes to Illinois law have made the possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less a civil offense rather than a criminal offense. While still illegal, the punishment for low-level marijuana possession is a fine, much like a parking ticket. The state also operates a medical cannabis program, and those who qualify and register properly cannot be prosecuted as long as they follow the rules of the program. Those who possess more than 10 grams of marijuana without a medical cannabis card, however, or those found to be in possession of any amount of other illegal drugs may face criminal charges.

The skilled attorneys at Goostree Law Group have been serving clients in and around DuPage County since 2000. With more than 80 years of combined legal experience and a former DuPage County criminal prosecutor on staff, we know what you are up against when you are facing drug possession charges, and we will help you protect your future. We can help with cases involving the possession of:

  • Marijuana;
  • Heroin;
  • Cocaine and crack cocaine;
  • Methamphetamine;
  • Ecstasy and MDMA;
  • Prescription drugs without a valid prescription; and
  • Any other illegal drug.

Drug Possession Charges and the Fourth Amendment

In any drug possession case, the amount and the type of drug will determine the severity of the charges. Those found with larger amounts may even be charged with possession with intent to deliver, which carries more serious potential penalties. The evidence in such cases, however, is almost always the drugs themselves, and they are usually found by means of a police search. In conducting such a search, the police must be very careful to avoid compromising your Fourth Amendment rights.

Under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, you have the right to be free from unlawful searches and seizures of your personal property. A search of your home, for example, generally requires a search warrant based on probable cause. A police officer may search your vehicle without a warrant in some situations, but he or she still must have probable cause.

Any evidence—including illegal drugs—found during an illegal search could be thrown out by the court, which could result in a dismissal of the charges against you. Our attorneys will review the circumstances of your arrest and the behavior of law enforcement officers to determine if your rights were violated in any way.

Securing Your Future

Depending on the charges and the evidence against you, your best option may be to negotiate with prosecutors to avoid a conviction. There are various programs available that could result in reduced charges or the elimination of all charges upon successful completion of the programs. Our attorneys will work with prosecutors and police to help you take responsibility for your actions and to start putting your life back on track. When appropriate, however, we are fully prepared to defend your innocence in court as well.

Call Us Today

If you or a member of your family is facing drug possession charges, contact our office right away. Call 630-364-4046 for a free, no-obligation consultation at Goostree Law Group today. We serve clients in Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle, Downers Grove, Warrenville, Aurora, Woodridge, and DuPage County.

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