With the exception of small amounts of marijuana, almost all drug charges in Illinois are a felony offense. Felony offenses carry prison terms, and convictions can stay on your criminal background forever. The Vergara Law Group understands how important your freedom is and we will fight for you.
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Sometimes the police have warrants but frequently do not. The 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution states that we should be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Federal and State law enforcement are required to follow rules when it comes to warrantless searches. A search without a warrant usually requires probable cause. An illegal search and seizure may allow The Vergara Law Group to ask the judge to dismiss your case.
If your drug arrest is a result of a search and seizure, that may present the opportunity to challenge the validity and constitutionality of the search in court. The Vergara Law Group will review the evidence in your case, and research the case law to determine the legality of the search and seizure. We have successfully defended many drug cases by filing certain motions in court. These motions are sometimes called motion to suppress evidence, or a motion to quash arrest and suppress evidence. The issue in such motions is not whether the accused actually possessed the drugs, but rather whether law enforcement discovered them in a proper and constitutional way.
Vigorous Defense Against Drug Crimes
At The Vergara Law Group, our defense lawyers are known for their legal acumen and skill. We can provide a hard-nosed defense for a wide variety of serious drug crimes in Illinois or federal court including:
- Drug possession
- Possession with intent to sell
- Drug distribution, trafficking or importation
- Manufacturing or cultivating drugs
- Drug conspiracies, including gang-related crimes
We can also help in asset forfeiture if your car, boat, or other property has been seized by the government because it may have been used in the commission of a drug crime.
Dealing With The Feds
Today’s federal prosecutors have access to sophisticated technology and seemingly endless resources to help them build their case. The federal sentencing guidelines are harsh, and most prosecutors are likely to pursue only those drug cases they think they will win.
Building an effective defense strategy requires an attorney with practical experience and street smarts. At The Vergara Law Group, our criminal defense attorneys are knowledgeable, flexible, and able to hang tough while negotiating on your behalf. We work with prosecutors and probation officers, such as during the preparation of the presentence investigation report to help build a strong case for reduced prison time.
Dealing With the State of Illinois
At the state level, sentencing guidelines are different. Which means our skilled criminal defense team will be able to do more on your behalf. To protect your rights and best interests in any Illinois or federal drug-related case, then contact The Vergara Law Group today!