Chicago, Illinois Drug Crime Defense Lawyer

Illinois has stringent laws for dealing with drug crimes. At Glasgow & Olsson, we stay current on those laws so that we may serve our clients effectively. We are knowledgeable about building defenses for those charged with drug crimes. If you have been charged with the possession of drugs with intent to deliver, you want a legal team in your corner with real courtroom experience arguing drug-related cases.

As outlined in the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, the State seeks to gain control over the distribution and use of controlled substances by:

  • Limiting access to defined substances
  • Requiring legitimate use of controlled substances
  • Discouraging unlawful use and abuse of controlled substances
  • Punishing drug traffickers heavily
  • Differentiating among controlled substances to establish appropriate controls
  • Aligning with Federal substance control efforts
  • Providing law enforcement with necessary resources

While the State does not seek to put individuals charged with drug offenses on equal footing with large-scale drug traffickers, it intends to deliver a swift blow to any person violating the law through multiple convictions, sentencing and penalties.

Make no mistake – possession with intent to deliver is an extremely serious offense and if you are arrested with more than a recreational amount drugs in your possession, the impact to your life can be far-reaching. We will carefully examine the circumstances of your arrest and the charges against you. We are experienced with drug trafficking and drug crime defenses and will work to build the best possible defense strategy for you.

Understanding Drug Possession and Intent

Each drug has a defined amount that is considered for personal use. Personal use means you can be charged with possession. When you possess more than the defined amount, it may be determined that you intended to sell or deliver the drugs to another person. Some common drugs involved with possession and delivery charges include:

Penalties for Drug Possession with Intent to Deliver

Possession with intent to deliver is a felony and based on the amount of drugs in your possession, you may face mandatory jail time and large fines or be eligible for probation or alternative sentencing.

We will explore every avenue to protect you from harsh sentencing. We will seek a fair outcome on your behalf based on the nature of your situation. We will work to seek lesser charges before we even step into a courtroom, but if court is the best option, we are ready to fight for you. Collectively, our attorneys have successfully tried tens of thousands of cases in court.

If you have been arrested for a drug possession with intent to deliver, contact us to get started with your initial consultation. We will carefully review the details of your case and advise you on the best steps forward. Se habla español. We help people across Cook, Kane and DuPage Counties. Our offices are in Schaumburg, Illinois, and we serve clients in Barrington, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Wheaton, and throughout Chicagoland. Please call (847) 577-8700 today.

Thomas Glasgow tried thousands of DUI cases as both a Cook County prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney. He was the author and instructor for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education course on aggravated or felony DUI for other attorneys, prosecutors, and judges.