The state of Illinois is extremely serious when it comes to cleaning up our streets and prosecuting people who commit drug crimes. How serious? In 2002, our state government spent $280 million dollars just to keep those who had committed drug-related offenses behind bars, and the number of people that have been sent to prison for drug crimes has gone up by an astounding 2000 percent over the last 30 years.
What does that mean for you? It means that if you’re charged with a drug crime in Illinois, you need to start building your defense immediately and make sure that you have someone on your side who understands how the system works and has experience helping people out of similar situations. Neil Adams has been working as a Joliet defense attorney for 20 years, and he knows the drug laws of the state inside and out.
Your best chance at having your charges reduced or even dropped altogether is to work with a knowledgeable lawyer like Neil who can use his experience to seek out weak points in the state’s case against you and can use them for your benefit.
A big part of the reason that it’s so hard to fight drug charges on your own is that the laws defining the crimes are so complicated and specific to each individual type of drug. Someone carrying marijuana, for example, is far more likely to get off with a slap on the wrist when compared to an individual in possession of a similar amount of cocaine. You can also go from being charged with a Class C misdemeanor to facing a Class B misdemeanor simply by carrying 2.6 grams of marijuana instead of 2.4 grams.
Most regular citizens don’t understand the nuances and end up confused, scared, and angry if the charges brought against them are more severe than they were expecting. The worst part is that most law enforcement officials don’t care about explaining your charges and simply won’t do it. You’re left to stew and wonder why this is happening to you and what you need to do to make the nightmare stop.
Neil Adams doesn’t work that way. He’ll always take the time to sit down with you and make sure that you have a clear understanding of why you’re facing the charges that have been brought against you and the various defenses and options that are available to you.
Drug crimes in the state of Illinois tend to fall into one of five broad categories, each of which carries with it a specific set of penalties and charges.
Obviously, this is just an overview of the types of drug charges that someone can possibly face in Illinois. There are many other ways to get charged. In fact, it’s even possible to face a drug crimes charge without actually having a real, illegal drug – simply carrying a “lookalike” substance in packaging similar to what you would use for the real thing can cause someone to get arrested.
It should go without saying that almost all drug crimes charges in Illinois come with the possibility of jail time. Even those who are charged with misdemeanors face up to a year in jail, and felony charges start there and just keep going higher.
But what’s often worse than any jail time or fines is the fact that drug crime convictions in our state are something that will stay with you for your entire life and can negatively impact your ability to get the job that you want or live a normal life. Younger offenders may even hurt their chances at going to college by losing out on their chance to get aid from the government. And those who aren’t U.S. citizens might even be deported.
You shouldn’t have to face the possibility of these outcomes alone. Contact Neil Adams today and he will take a look at your case for free and set up an initial consultation where you can discuss the options available to you and the best way to defend yourself. Don’t wait – the earlier you start planning your defense, the better your chances are at winning your case. Mr. Adams prides himself on returning all phone calls promptly. He can be reached at 815.529.7000.