Recent Case Demonstrates Value of Criminal Defense for Drug Charges
Facing drug charges is an extremely stressful ordeal. Although the situation may feel hopeless, there are several effective defenses against drug charges. Depending on your situation, a criminal attorney may be able to get the charges reduced or dropped entirely. This was the case in a recent story when a Chicago federal prosecutor dropped drug charges against 27 defendants.
The decision to drop the charges followed allegations that operatives in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted drug sting operations that unfairly targeted minorities while involving other conspiratorial efforts. As the New York Times reports, this case attracted national attention and led to debates regarding racial profiling and entrapment.
The allegations concerned seven out of nine high-profile sting operations. In all but two cases, federal agents had seized large amounts of cocaine and weapons, and made several arrests.
According to reports, the authorities had purposefully enticed younger individuals with smaller criminal backgrounds, mostly minorities, to participate in these stings. Each person that police arrested was faceting sentences of up to 25 years in prison; however, the Chicago federal prosecutor dropped the most serious charges.
Common Drug Charges in Illinois
Drug laws vary from state to state, and they often change. This is especially true with the recent trend of some states decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana.
Marijuana, in particular, is one of the most controversial drugs when it comes to possession charges. According to Illinois law, possessing less than 2.5 grams can result in a $1,500 fine and possibly as much as 30 days of jail time. This increases to about 6 months for carrying between 2.5 grams to 10 grams.
Felony charges for marijuana possession can occur in cases involving 30 grams or more. Defendants may also face felony charges if they have previous convictions for possessing more than 10 grams.
Possessing cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, LSD or lysergic acid may result in a felony conviction, as well as fines exceeding $100,000. Defendants may also face up to 15 years in prison.
Criminal Law Defense in Naperville, Illinois
If you are facing drug charges and would like to speak to an experienced Naperville criminal law attorney, contact Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC, Attorneys at Law to schedule a consultation at 630-232-1780.