Illinois Crack Cocaine Defense Attorney
DuPage County Crack Cocaine Lawyer Aggressively Defends and Protects Your Rights
In the ongoing battle against drugs and their impact in the lives of its citizens, the State of Illinois has enacted stringent laws against the use, manufacture, sale, and distribution of drugs. Crack cocaine is a particularly addicting and menacing drug, available at cheap rates. Authorities work aggressively to stop its impact in cities, towns, and rural areas around the State. If you have been charged or arrested for drug possession, you need an experienced drug defense attorney to protect your rights. The attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. represent clients in cases involving crack cocaine, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, methamphetamines, heroin, and prescription drugs throughout Chicago and the western suburbs.
Defending Crack Cocaine Charges in DuPage County and Northern Illinois
Our attorneys can help to improve your outcome in your crack cocaine case. We are focused on developing legal strategies, specific to your circumstances, which will resolve your case favorably. Our efforts on your behalf might include:
- Seeking a dismissal of the charges against you
- Filing a pretrial motion to suppress evidence
- Working out an agreement for a drug treatment program
- Seeking a sentence that avoids prison time
- Seeking a reduction in fines
Penalties for Crack (Freebase) vs. Powder Cocaine
The courts may levy tougher penalties for crack cocaine than powder cocaine charges, despite efforts in recent years to narrow such sentencing disparities. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 seeks to bring crack sentencing more in line with sentencing for similar amounts of powder cocaine, by reducing long prison sentences for people with small amounts of crack. A larger amount of crack cocaine will trigger a longer maximum sentence under the law. Specifically, the five and 10-year mandatory minimum sentences for crack cocaine were reduced as follows:
- Eliminated five-year mandatory minimum sentence for first-time crack possession
- Reduced statutory penalties for offenses involving manufacturing or trafficking in crack cocaine by raising the quantities required to trigger mandatory minimum prison termsfrom 5 grams to 28 grams for a five-year mandatory minimum, and from 50 to 280 grams for a 10-year mandatory minimum
Changes in federal sentencing guidelines also call for greater emphasis on factors other than drug quantity, such as aggravating and mitigating circumstances in crack cocaine drug trafficking.
The experienced attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. understand how you can get caught up in various circumstances that bring you to the point of crack cocaine charges being leveled against you. We know the laws and the legal defenses to protect your rights. Our lawyers are reputed for our aggressive and effective efforts on behalf of every client. Contact us to discuss your charges and our defense strategies to improve your legal outcome. We have three convenient offices in the Chicago area, and serve DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane Counties. Your initial consultation is free.