Cook County, Illinois Drug Charges Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with drug crimes, time is of the essence. You should contact Sandra L. Byrd to obtain representation today. Choose a criminal defense attorney with real-world experience defending clients facing serious drug charges. Illinois has strict laws regarding drug crimes and Attorney Sandra L. Byrd is a master strategist when it comes to building a solid defense for her clients. She will walk you through each aspect of the process to make sure you understand your case and what is ahead.

Ms. Byrd has successfully defended clients who have been charged with serious drug crimes such as:

  • Drug Possession with Intent to Deliver
  • The Manufacture and Distribution of Drugs
  • Possession of Specified Amounts of Drugs
  • Calculated Criminal Drug Conspiracy
  • Prescription Forgery
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Penalties for Drug Crimes

Drug crimes in Illinois are separated into marijuana (cannabis) offenses and controlled substance offenses. Some marijuana offenses are misdemeanors but all controlled substance offenses are felonies. Examples of controlled substances include cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, methamphetamine, and PCP. Many drug crimes are not eligible for probation and some Class X offenses carry mandatory extended term sentences and require that at least 75% of the ordered sentence be served before you can be released from prison. Depending on the circumstances of the case sentencing and fines may increase beyond the normal maximums for the class of offense, especially if there are associated weapons charges. If you carry even small amounts of drugs into the state with the intent to distribute, you may also face drug trafficking charges. With so many complex laws, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to sort everything out and put you in the best possible position.

Defending Against Drug Charges

When preparing a strong defense against drug charges, Ms. Byrd will take the time to analyze:

  • The circumstances of the arrest
  • The procedures used to obtain evidence
  • The constitutionality of any search performed
  • Where the drugs were located
  • The involvement of additional parties

During her 17 years practicing criminal defense law, Ms. Byrd has won many cases for her clients because she is relentless in her pursuit of justice. She understands where you are and what you are facing. She understands people and backgrounds, poor circumstances and tough breaks. She will explain every available option and fight for the best outcome in your case.

If you were arrested for a drug-related offense, contact Sandra L. Byrd today for a free initial consultation. She will work with you personally to put your mind at ease and help you fight for your freedom. From her Chicago, Illinois office, she serves clients in Cook County, Chicagoland and beyond. Call (312) 928-1000 today.

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