Strong Defense From Controlled Substances Charges
Under Illinois law, possession of a controlled substance is a felony crime. If convicted, penalties can include over a year in jail or prison. Possible sentences and punishments can vary greatly based on the circumstances of your case, but any possession conviction can seriously impact your future. If you are charged with possession of a controlled substance, you require a skilled defense attorney who can protect your interests and work to lessen the charges against you.Were you charged with possession? Call the law offices of Gullberg, Box & Rogers LLC at 309-734-1001 for the strong criminal defense you need. We have offices in Monmouth, Peoria and Bettendorf.
Understanding Your Charges
The court may convict you of possessing a controlled substance if it can prove the following three elements:
- The identity of the illegal substance in question
- That you knowingly possessed the illegal substance
- That the illegal substance was in your immediate or exclusive control
Possession charges are divided into five classifications, called schedules, depending upon the substance’s potential for addiction and medical use. Schedule I drugs are the most serious. They carry the highest potential for abuse and have no medical uses. Cocaine, methamphetamines and heroine are all considered schedule I drugs. The drugs within subsequent categories drop in severity. Schedule V drugs carry the mildest repercussions, and have the lowest potential for abuse and addiction. Prescription-grade cough syrup is considered a schedule V drug.
Possession Penalties Range In Severity
Penalties for possessing a controlled substance vary based on a number of factors including the type of drug in possession, past criminal activity, intent for the controlled substance and the amount of substance in possession. A first-time offender could be sentenced to probation and substance abuse treatment. However, a repeat offender could face prison time ranging from 4 to 50 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Our experienced attorneys can protect your future and look to have your charges dropped or penalties minimized.
Contact Us For Aggressive Defense
If you have been arrested for possession of a controlled substance, our aggressive legal team can utilize a number of strategies to protect your interests. The lawyers of Gullberg, Box & Rogers LLC are well aware of these elements and will analyze the evidence against you thoroughly and skillfully. We look for holes in the prosecution’s argument and work as a team to provide the strongest possible defense.
Call our experienced attorneys at 309-734-1001 or contact us online to schedule a free initial case consultation. You will meet with one of our attorneys to discuss the facts of your case and your options. There is no obligation to hire us after the consultation.