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Drug Charge Defense
Illinos drug offense charges can have severe, life altering penalties. These charges are based on such factors as the quantity, schedule of substance, intent to sell or distribute, and evidence of sale.
If you or a loved one has been arrested on drug charges, it is important to quickly retain legal representation and defend your rights.
At the Bentz Law Firm, we provide criminal defense for a variety of schedule 1 and schedule 2 related drug offenses including the following topics:
Simple Possession Charges
Unlawful Possession Charges
Possession of a Controlled & Dangerous Substance
Possession of a Controlled Drug
Possession of paraphernalia
Possession with intent to distribute
Possession with intent to sell
Prescription drug crimes
Types of Drugs The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has divided illegal drugs into five groups, or schedules, based on their potential for harm, addiction or abuse. Schedule 1 drugs are considered to present the highest risk, while Schedule 5 are considered to present the lowest. Attorney Jessica C. Bentz has extensive criminal trial experience on cases having to do with the following types of drugs:
Schedule 1 Drugs: Schedule I drugs have a high tendency for abuse and have no accepted medical use. This schedule includes drugs such as Marijuana, Heroin, Ecstasy, LSD, and GHB. Recent activists have tried to change the schedule for Marijuana citing the possible medical benefits of the drug. Pharmacies do not sell Schedule I drugs, and they are not available with a prescription by physician.
Schedule 2 Drugs: Schedule II drugs have a high tendency for abuse, may have an accepted medical use, and can produce dependency or addiction with chronic use. This schedule includes examples such as Cocaine, Opium, Morphine, Fentanyl, Amphetamines, and Methamphetamines. Schedule II drugs may be available with a prescription by a physician, but not all pharmacies may carry them.
Drug Charge Penalties Drug charge convictions can result in severe consequences, including forfeiture of property and incarceration. Penalties will vary greatly depending on whether the conviction results in a felony or misdemeanor offense. Factors such as the schedule of drug, quantity, prior record, and evidence of sale are used to determine either a felony or misdemeanor classification. Consulting an experienced attorney on how to proceed is essential. For this reason it is of great importance that if you or a loved one has been arrested on drug charges, you immediately retain legal representation and defend your rights.
Bentz Law Firm Drug Charge Defense Attorney Whether you are facing federal or state charges, the Bentz Law Firm understands what constitutes a successful drug defense case. For instance, evidence obtained in violation of an accused constitutional rights is not admissible in court. Most challenges to the admissibility of evidence are based on the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. We know what questions to ask in order to discover a cause for defense and obtain positive results.
Questions to consider include:
Is there sufficient evidence?
What are the circumstances surrounding the arrest?
Did the drug arrest involve illegal search and seizure?
Was there proper police conduct on the part of arresting officers?
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