Drug Offenses

Drug Offenses

The penalties associated with a drug crime conviction vary depending on the amount and type of substance involved. Regardless of your situation, a conviction could have a devastating impact on your financial well-being, your job and your freedom.

Drug Offenses

It is essential that you retain an experienced DeKalb County Drug Crime Lawyer whom you can trust with the drug offenses. I am Mary Petruchius and I have more than 20 years of experience defending the rights of individuals who have been charged with possession, cultivation, manufacturing, intent to deliver and the sale of:

I will carefully examine the circumstances surrounding your arrest to determine if there is any evidence of an unlawful search and seizure. Police are required to follow a certain protocol and if they fail to do so, your case could be dismissed.

Experienced Illinois Drug Crime Defense Lawyer

My clients often face charges associated with unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. The consequences for possession of cannabis vary, depending upon the amount in question. Under the Illinois Drug Paraphernalia Act, there is a statutory minimum fine of $750 for possession of paraphernalia.

Individuals who have been charged for the first time are often eligible to participate in a diversion program, depending upon the county in which the offense occurs. Diversion programs are created for those who have never been involved in the criminal justice system. Once the diversion program is satisfactorily completed, your charges will be dismissed by the court and the arrest will be expunged from your record.

For more serious drug offenses, most counties have drug court programs for those who are true addicts. If your criminal conduct is directly related to your addiction and you participate successfully, the underlying felony charges will be dismissed at the end of the program.

The DeKalb County Drug Court: The C.L.E.A.N. Program provides non-violent substance abusing offenders with the opportunity to receive treatment for their addictions, in exchange for avoiding jail time and having their charges reduced or dismissed. I encourage many of my clients to consider choosing this alternative sentencing program, so they can walk away with a clean record and the treatment they need.