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Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Crime Defense

I am attorney Peter George O’Connor of PGO Law Firm, and for the entirety of my career, I’ve dedicated myself to the practice of criminal defense. As a seasoned army veteran, I bring the same discipline and strategic thinking to the courtroom, ensuring that you have a defender who is both approachable and effective in securing the outcomes you need. My approach is straightforward: I listen to you, understand your situation and work tirelessly to achieve the most favorable results.

When you face drug crime charges, it is likely that you have a lot of questions about your next steps. From my New Lenox office, I am here to answer your questions and explain your legal options. Please see some answers to frequently asked questions below.

What are common defenses to drug crimes?

When facing drug charges, several defenses may be applicable to your case. One key defense is challenging the legality of a search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. If evidence was obtained through an unlawful search and seizure, it might be possible to have that evidence suppressed, which can significantly weaken the prosecution’s case against you.

Other defenses include proving that the drugs belonged to someone else, questioning the accuracy of drug tests or demonstrating that you had no knowledge of the drugs being in your possession. Every case is unique, and I will work with you to explore all possible defenses.

What is the drug court in Illinois?

Illinois’s drug court is an alternative to the traditional court system for individuals facing drug charges. It is designed to provide a supportive environment focused on rehabilitation rather than punishment.

Participants in the drug court program may undergo treatment, counseling and regular drug testing while being closely monitored by the court. Successful completion of the program can lead to reduced charges or even dismissal of charges, providing a second chance for those committed to overcoming addiction.

Is marijuana legal to possess in Illinois?

In Illinois, the recreational use of marijuana is legal. However, there are limits to the amount you can legally possess. Individuals 21 years of age and older can possess five grams of cannabis concentrate, 30 grams of cannabis flower and a maximum of 500 milligrams of THC in cannabis-infused products.

Can the police search my car without a warrant if they suspect drugs?

In many circumstances, the police do need a warrant to search your vehicle, but there are exceptions to this rule. If an officer has probable cause to believe there are illegal drugs in your car, they may conduct a search without a warrant. This could be due to the sight or smell of drugs or if drugs are in plain view.

However, if the search is conducted without a valid reason, it could be a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights, and any evidence obtained may be deemed inadmissible in court. As your lawyer, I will thoroughly review the details of the search to ensure your rights were not infringed upon.

What should I do if I’m charged with drug possession?

If you’re charged with drug possession, it is important to contact an attorney immediately. Do not provide any statements to law enforcement without legal representation present. Each drug possession case is unique, and the approach to defense should be tailored to the specifics of your situation.

As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I can help evaluate the evidence against you, explore possible defenses and represent you in court. Remember, a charge is not a conviction, and with the right legal support, you have the opportunity to fight for a favorable outcome.

How does a prior criminal record affect my drug crime case?

A prior criminal record can potentially impact your drug crime case by influencing the severity of the charges and the penalties you may face. Repeated offenses often result in harsher sentencing.

As your attorney, I will take into account your entire criminal history and present mitigating factors that could influence your case positively. It is vital to have a strong legal defense that can articulate your side of the story and work toward reducing the impact of past convictions on your current situation.

Contact PGO Law Firm Now To Take Charge Of Your Defense

If you are ready to stand up for your rights and tackle the charges against you head-on, don’t wait to contact my New Lenox law office.

Contact me today by calling 630-912-5051 or by filling out an online contact form. I offer free consultations to discuss your case and determine the best course of action.