Illinois Cocaine Defense Attorney
Chicago Lawyer Provides Defense Counsel for Cocaine Drug Charges
If you have been arrested in Illinois on cocaine charges, you are subject to the strict laws of the State, and prosecutors determined to halt the flow of cocaine will seek to put you behind bars. You need an experienced drug defense attorney to guide you through the scope of your charges, the court proceedings, and the range of sentencing possibilities you face, including community service, rehabilitation, probation, fines, and jail time. The attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. have successfully resolved cocaine cases, and a wide range of drug charges throughout Northwest Chicago.
Defending Cocaine Charges in Chicago and Cook County, IL
Possessing cocaine is a felony drug charge, and even small amounts can carry a prison sentence. The specific charges can range from cocaine possession, sale or distribution, manufacture, intent to distribute, or trafficking. The stiffest penalties may involve hefty fines reaching hundreds of thousands of dollars and lengthy prison sentences.
Although each case is unique, there are several defense strategies that may be considered in criminal drug cases. For example, the legality of the drug search could be challenged, a lower class offense could be sought, or the accused may claim that he or she had no knowledge of the drugs. If you are a first-time offender charged with possession of small amounts of cocaine, probation or "drug school" could be a possible pre-trial option. After fulfilling the terms of probation, expungement of your arrest record also may be a possibility.
Cocaine Felony Penalties in Illinois
Tough penalties for felony cocaine possession can drastically alter your life. The more cocaine found in your possession and the higher the apportioned street value, the greater the penalties you may be facing, including:
- 1-15 grams - fine up to $250,000 and/or 4-15 years in prison
- 15-100 grams - fine up to $500,000 and/or 6-30 years in prison
- 100-400 grams - fine up to $500,000 or street value, and/or 9-40 years in prison
- 400-900 grams - fine up to $500,000 or street value, and/or 12-50 years in prison
- Over 900 grams - fine up to $500,000 or street value, and/or 15-60 years
If you sell cocaine to minors or within 1000 feet of a truck stop or safety rest, within 1000 feet of school, or you are charged with trafficking cocaine, your penalties for cocaine possession could double.
The experienced drug defense attorneys in the law office of McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. will work vigorously to minimize the damage drug charges can cause you and your family. We will investigate thoroughly the circumstances of your arrest, protect your rights against illegal search and seizure, and explore appropriate strategies to bolster your defense. Our goal is to bring your case to the best possible resolution, and do so at very affordable fees. Contact us to discuss your charges in a free initial consultation. We have three convenient offices in the Chicago area, and our lawyers have successfully defended clients throughout DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties on charges of cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, heroin, methamphetamines, and other prescription drugs illegally obtained and distributed.