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Handling Methamphetamine Cases In Chicago – Illinois

This is the first post in a new series which will address the handling of methamphetamine charges in Chicago, Illinois. I have decided to write on this topic due the fact that the use of “meth” has greatly increased in recent years and it is important to understand the serious nature of such cases. It cannot be stressed enough that prosecutors take a harsh stance in such cases and that you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately if you have been arrested and charged.

There are numerous topics which I intend to address over the course of my coming posts. Issues which I will discuss include:

  • Illinois’ penalties for meth related offenses
  • Whether police violated one’s rights during an arrest
  • The serious nature with which prosecutors handle such cases
  • Serving probation after being convicted

These are important issues for a defendant to understand. First, offenses related to methamphetamine carry sentences and penalties as high as any other illegal narcotic or controlled substance. Second, it is not uncommon for one to be arrested as a result of law enforcement violating their Fourth or Fifth Amendment rights. It may be possible to have charges, which stem from such arrests, dismissed due to constitutional violations. Third, many defendants do not realize the gravity of their situation until they arrive at Court and see the aggressive nature with which such cases are handled. Finally, it is crucial to know what one should expect from probation before making the decision to plead guilty.

If you have been arrested for possession or distribution of methamphetamine then it is important to seek legal assistance immediately. An experienced defense attorney will know what to expect from the process and will proceed accordingly. It may be necessary to interview witnesses, to visit the scene of the arrest, or to file pretrial motions with the Court. The sooner you retain counsel then the sooner these tasks may begin. I am a former prosecutor with over thirty years of legal experience. I understand what to expect from our local legal system and am ready to assist you. Contact my Orland Park office today to schedule an initial consultation.

We 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.



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