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Illinois First-Offender Probation Defense Attorney

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In Illinois, persons who commit drug offense for the first time can be sentenced to first-offender probation. It can benefit individuals who recognize the error of their ways and want to change their behavior and move on in life in positive ways. For others who don’t recognize the opportunity inherent in receiving first-offender probation, a criminal conviction on a drug offense could be the beginning of a paper trail that might disrupt your life and block many opportunities well into the future. The services of an attorney with a proven record of getting charges reduced or dismissed and of securing first-offender probation for clients can be invaluable. You can benefit from the services of the skilled legal team of attorneys at the law office of Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. We are a well-regarded law firm with a proven record of obtaining first-offender probation for clients throughout Chicago, Cook County and DuPage County.

Defending First-Offender Drug Charges in Illinois

Few people never make a mistake, especially young people. Having the wrong friends or a tendency to follow the crowd to fit in and be accepted can often lead to illegal activities that bring serious consequences you may not have imagined. Perhaps you are arrested for the first time because you are caught smoking marijuana or giving illegal drugs to a friend at a party. If you commit a drug offense and it is your first, you could get a sentence of first-offender probation. This punitive option is not always granted, even if you are eligible. If you are charged in a first time criminal drug offense, you need legal representation that can bring the best results for protecting your rights, now and in the future. The experienced attorneys in the law office of Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. have worked with clients all over Northwest Chicago to secure first offender probation, and to facilitate the earliest possible expungement of their record.

The First Offender Advantage in Chicago and Cook County

The first time you are arrested and convicted of a crime can be a defining occurrence in your life. Recognizing the importance of making the right decision could determine your future stability and productivity. If your drug offense results in a criminal record, it could take years to expunge, if ever. The better outcome is to avoid a conviction for a first-time drug offense, to shield you from serious consequences, such as:

  • Restrictions on where you can live, or your ability to get a lease or mortgage
  • Revocation or denial of a security clearance
  • Limited job advancement and career opportunities
  • Denial of student financial aid or student loans

At Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C., avoiding your conviction on a felony and the stain of a criminal record are our goals. Being represented by our creative and proactive legal team is the best way to secure a sentence to the first-offender probation program, where you can receive drug treatment when you need it and avoid a felony conviction on your record. Since 1991 we have specialized in drug cases and our results are proven. Let our attorneys help you get back on a productive path and not allow one mistake to ruin your future. Our fees are affordable and we are known for prompt, courteous response in every case. We have three convenient offices located in the Chicago area where you can contact us at anytime. We handle cases in DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties and it will cost nothing for an initial consultation.

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  • Know the TRUTH:  You will discuss the nature of the charges filed (or about to be filed) against you with an attorney who speaks plainly and does not use legal-ease.
  • Realize more OPTIONS:  We work for you as a team to defend your rights.  Our ability to see all sides of an issue is not an accident.
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  • Expand the POSSIBILITIES:  You will receive an honest opinion as to what we think are the available defenses at a trial, what plea bargains are likely to be offered, and what is likely to happen in the event of conviction.
  • Enjoy the CONVENIENCE: You may have a free initial consultation over the phone or in our office.


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    1200 Harger Rd., Suite 706, Oak Brook, IL 60523
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