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Many make the mistake of thinking it is not a serious matter to illegally posses prescription drugs. The fact of the matter is that such narcotics are highly addictive and abuse of such drugs is on the rise. The state of Illinois takes matters seriously and a conviction can result in jail time, fines, a criminal record, and disqualification from employment. If you have been arrested then you should contact an attorney immediately. Our Chicago criminal defense lawyer handles prescription drug cases throughout Cook County and elsewhere. Contact our Orland Park office today.
Michael is a former prosecutor with over thirty years of experience. In his time at the State’s Attorney’s office he primarily handled drug and gang related matters. This made him familiar with the ways in which police collect evidence and issues which often arise that violate the U.S. Constitution. He now puts this level of experience to work in each and every case while providing the highest level of service. Michael promptly returns phone calls, often gives clients his personal cell phone number, and makes himself available to answer questions. This is our promise to each and every client.
Prescription drugs are divided into different categories or “schedules” depending on the extent to which they are addictive and their medicinal value. Drugs such as amphetamines, morphine (an opiate), and opium fall within Schedule II while pills including codeine, ketamine, hydrocodone, and anabolic steroids fall within Schedule III. Xanax, valium, and phenobarbital will fall within Schedule IV. The penalties for possessing such narcotics without a valid prescription can range from a Class 4 felony (carrying a sentence of 1-3 years in prison) to a Class X felony (which carries a sentence of 6-30 years). A defendant also faces fines and other restrictions.
Felony matters involving the possession of a controlled substance are heard by the Circuit Court. After the defendant is arraigned then they have the right to go to trial within 180 days if they are out of custody or 120 days if they are incarcerated. A defendant may choose to waive the right to a speedy trial and have these time frames extended. Like many other cases involving illegal drug possession, prescription cases often hinge on search and seizure issues. If it can be shown that police violated your Fourth Amendment rights then it may be possible to exclude the drugs from evidence which can effectively end the case. If other issues are involved, such as the forgery of a prescription, then it may be necessary to take the case to trial. Hiring a lawyer experienced in such matters can make the difference in your case.
Michael J. Brennan is a Chicago prescription drug defense attorney aggressively representing defendants throughout Cook County. At your initial consultation he will get your side of the story and learn about how you came to be arrested. He will acquire arrest reports, witness statements, and any other available evidence. If your rights were violated then he will file a Motion to Suppress the drugs from Court. He will prepare you for the hearing on the Motion and challenge the police officers at the evidentiary hearing. Should your matter proceed to trial then Michael will provide the best available defense. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Alternatively, if you were prescribed a medication or a pharmaceutical drug that caused you to develop health problems, serious side effects, or injured you in some way, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more. Contact Michael to review your drug injury today.