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Attorney Shay T. Allen has defended clients in hundreds of drug-related cases, with results including dismissals, not guilty verdicts and reductions to lesser included crimes. Attorney Allen will take the time to understand your particular situation and guide the most effective possible response which can result in dropped charges, not-guilty verdicts, and the lowest permitted penalties.

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What Are
Some Types of Drug Charges?

As an experienced Chicago defense lawyer and former Cook County prosecutor, Attorney Shay T. Allen knows Illinois drug laws in detail. Potential penalties for drug crimes in the state are serious, ranging from costly fines to prison terms to costly fines. Attorney Allen defends clients facing drug-related charges involving:

  • Drug Possession, Manufacturing, Trafficking, or Distribution
  • Marijuana/Cannabis, Methamphetamines, Cocaine, Heroin, Other Controlled Substances, and Drug Paraphernalia
  • Prescription Drugs such as Vicodin, Xanax, Hydrocodone and OxyContin

How Are Drug Offense
Penalties Considered?

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Attorney Allen will take the time to understand your particular situation and guide the most effective possible response. There are numerous important factors that these and other important factors can affect your case and potential penalties, including:

  • Your intent to use or sell – As an For example, the penalty for someone convicted of intending to deliver, manufacture, or sell 15-100 grams of a substance containing heroin faces 6 to 30 years of prison time; while someone who only possesses 15-100 grams, without the intent to sell, faces 4 to 15 years.
  • The Amount of Drugs Involved – Possessing more than 30 grams of cannabis is typically a felony, while possessing smaller amounts is typically a misdemeanor.
  • Any Previous Offenses – A repeat offender with a prior drug conviction will face a felony for possessing 10-30 grams of cannabis, while a first-time offender faces a misdemeanor.
  • Your Place of Arrest – Being caught with drugs within 1,000 feet of a school could double any prison sentence.
  • Police Procedure – Officers must follow specific rules when it comes to stops, searches, and arrests. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures, which can provide a basis to challenge many drug charges. Contact us now.

Were you
Charged with Related Crimes?

Drug crime charges are many times accompanied by related criminal offenses for which Attorney Allen can defend you of including:

What drugs have mandatory minimums?

LSD : 1 gram
Marijuana : 100 plants/100 kilos
Crack cocaine: 5 grams
Powder cocaine: 500 grams
Heroin 100: grams
Methamphetamine: 10 grams
PCP: 10 grams

What is considered a serious drug offense?

An offense under State law, involving manufacturing, distributing, or possessing with intent to distribute, a controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 USC 802)

Is drug possession a federal crime?

Possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs is prohibited by federal law. Strict penalties are provided for drug convictions, including mandatory prison terms for many offenses.

What is a Schedule 1 charge?

Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are: heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote.

How much is a bond for a drug arrest in Illinois?

720 ILCS 600/3.5(a) Possession of drug paraphernalia - $100