Chicago Drug Possession Attorney

Sandra L. Byrd in Chicago, Illinois is a criminal defense attorney that frequently represents individuals in drug possession cases. As a top-rated attorney in her field, Attorney Sandra L. Byrd maintains a stellar reputation in the legal community and is known for her aggressive defense tactics as well as her sense of humanity. When you are going through one of the toughest times in your life, you need a skilled advocate that will not back down and give you a realistic picture of what you are facing.

In Illinois, drug offenses are taken seriously. What may seem like a small indiscretion can have long-lasting impact. The Illinois Controlled Substances Act is designed to control the access, use, abuse, sale, distribution and transfer of drugs. It seeks to punish those involved in possession, sale and trafficking of drugs and provides the necessary resources for law enforcement to handle drug-related incidents effectively.

Understanding Drug Possession and Consequences

The knowing possession of drugs in Illinois is illegal and can have far reaching consequences in your life. State drug laws are stringent, dealing harsh consequences at every level of a drug offense. 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. A first offense for possession of any controlled substance can be punishable by one to three years in prison. A first offense for dealing or intending to deal a controlled substance can carry a mandatory minimum prison sentence. Felony drug charges in Illinois can carry a prison sentence that ranges from one year to more than 50 years in prison and fines that can exceed $100,000.00.

Marijuana (cannabis) possession is different. Possessing small amounts of marijuana (up to 30 grams) is a misdemeanor but dealing or possessing more than 10 grams of marijuana with the intent to deal is a felony. In Chicago, the police can simply ticket you for possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana. They don’t have to charge you with a crime. A first offense for possessing more than 10 grams of marijuana is punishable by up to one year in jail, but a second offense for the same amount has a sentence up to three years in a state prison.

Your charges could be compounded if intent to sell or deliver drugs is suspected. Each drug has a legally defined amount that raises flags about intention. Some common drugs often associated with possession include:

  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine or crack cocaine
  • LSD
  • Ecstasy
  • Crystal Meth
  • Heroin
  • Mushrooms
  • PCP

Attorney Sandra L. Byrd will work hard to keep felony charges off of your record. She has proven success in obtaining not guilty verdicts at trial and in reducing drug charges. When appropriate she also seeks alternative sentencing such as first offender probation or drug court. She will explore every avenue to protect your freedom and your future and seek a fair outcome based on your individual situation. The strategy begins before she steps into a courtroom. If trial is the best option, Ms. Byrd has a well-deserved reputation for aggressively defending her clients.

If you were arrested for drug possession, contact Sandra L. Byrd today for a free initial consultation. She will explain the charges you are facing and discuss your options with you. From her Chicago, Illinois office, she serves clients in Cook County, Chicagoland and beyond. Call (312) 928-1000 today.
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