This post concludes and recaps my series on the handling of methamphetamine cases in Chicago, Illinois. I wrote on this issue due to the serious nature of such charges and the aggressive nature with which they are prosecuted. My goal with this series has been to provide information which will help defendants know what to expect after an arrest and to make a more informed decision when selecting a criminal defense attorney. I cannot stress enough that you should contact counsel as soon as possible.
I have addressed multiple topics over the course of this series. Issues which I have analyzed include:
It is important to consider each of these issues. Societal viewpoints on narcotics have changed in recent years with many states moving to legalize marijuana. This change may leave defendants thinking that a meth arrest is “no big deal.” The truth of the matter, however, is that such cases are taken very seriously and aggressively prosecuted. The serious nature of such matters is why a defendant will find themselves facing felony charges. It is also important to understand that being arrested does not necessarily mean that you will be convicted. If police violated your rights at the time of the arrest then it may be possible to have any illegally seized evidence excluded from Court. Finally, if you are placed on probation then it is crucial that you follow the terms of your supervision.
One point I have made through each of these articles is that it is important to contact a Chicago drug crimes lawyer as soon as possible after you are arrested. Experienced counsel will assist you in understanding your options, determining whether you should attempt to fight the charges or enter into a plea agreement, and in understanding the ramifications of your situation. Drug cases often raise Fourth Amendment issues, which is a very complicated area of law. For this reason I suggest you retain someone with extensive experience in criminal defense.
I am a former prosecutor and have been an attorney for over thirty years. I am familiar with handling drug related charges and know what to expect from our legal system. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation. I also handle matters in areas of Cook County including Chicago Ridge, Glenview, Crestwood, Orland Park, Evergreen Park, Bedford Park, Palos Park, Oak Lawn, Burbank, Oak forest, Blue Island, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Alsip, Bridgeview, Lemont, Orland Hills, Country Club Hills, Hickory Hills, Summit, Richton Park, Midlothian, Worth, Posen, Matteson, Olympia Fields, Hometown, and Tinley Park, in DuPage County areas including Downers Grove, Naperville, Woodridge, and Darien, in Kane County areas including Aurora, Elgin and Geneva, and the Will County cities of Joliet, Bolingbrook, Mokena, Frankfort, New Lenox, Lockport, Homer Glen, Romeoville, and Manhattan.