Illinois Prescription Drug Charges Defense Lawyer
DuPage County Attorney Defends Prescription Drug Charges
If you are charged with the unlawful possession of, delivery of and/or intent to deliver prescription drugs in Illinois, you are facing a serious felony with serious penalties if convicted. An experienced and knowledgeable defense team is crucial to protecting your rights. The attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. have successfully represented clients facing charges related to the unlawful use, possession and/or deliver of prescription drugs in courtrooms throughout Northwest Illinois and they will develop a strategic defense plan for you.
Illinois Prescription Drug Offenses and Penalties
Prescription drugs are controlled substances and are illegal to possess without a lawfully obtained prescription. Possessing, distributing and/or using prescription drugs without a proper prescription is a felony in the State of Illinois and a conviction can mean imprisonment and heavy fines. Often the seriousness of the offense is ignored because, unlike “street” drugs like heroin or cocaine, prescription drugs are commonly distributed lawfully through the healthcare system. Because of this, the opportunity for abuse is rampant, as these drugs are highly addictive, which is why they are classified as controlled substances. Accordingly, Illinois law enforcement is cracking down on the unlawful recreational use of prescription drugs.
The following areas are common prescription drug offenses that could lead to significant and long lasting penalties:
- Possessing prescription drugs without a valid prescription
- Possessing prescriptive drugs in an amount that exceeds the amount allowed in the prescription
- Possessing excessive amounts of the drug, which indicates an intent to deliver
- Obtaining a prescription by fraud or unlawful means
Penalties range for illegal prescription drugs can from 1-3 years or 6-30 years depending on the drugs at issue, the quantity involved, and how the drugs were obtained. Hefty fines may also be assessed accordingly.
If you are someone you know is accused of possessing or unlawfully obtaining prescription drugs, do not take this as a trivial matter. It is far from it. The attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C.know the consequences can be severe and a conviction can cost you your freedom and finances and impact every aspect of your life. Asserting and protecting you rights is key to our defense in your prescription drug case. We have successfully defended clients in prescription drug and a wide range of drug offenses in the courtrooms of Northwest Illinois. We know how to negotiate your charges and resolve your case to your best advantage. Contact us to discuss your case in a free initial consultation. We have three convenient offices in the Chicago area, and serve DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties.