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Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes Lawyer-Defending Your Drug Case

James Dimeas is a drug crime attorney with over-29 years of experience handling drug cases throughout Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County. Drug crimes lawyer, James Dimeas, is a highly experienced, award-winning drug crimes attorney who has a unique understanding of how drug cases are handled by the criminal justice system and the courts.

Under state law 720 ILCS 550/4 it is illegal to possess illegal drugs in Illinois. The illegal drugs in Illinois include Cannabis, Cocaine, Heroin and Ecstasy. The potential criminal penalties for possession of illegal drugs in Illinois depends on the drugs involved, the weight of the drugs, and whether you were merely in possession of the drugs or were attempting to sell the drugs to someone else.

In addition to the laws of the State of Illinois, the federal government also prosecutes drug crimes in Federal District Court. However, the overwhelming majority of drug crimes are prosecuted under Illinois state law and are litigated in the state courts by the States Attorney's Office. Federal drug cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Drug crimes committed under state law are prosecuted by the State's Attorney's Office in the county in which the crime was committed.

Drug laws in Illinois vary greatly from drug to drug. The Illinois drug laws are also constantly changing. The public's attitude regarding illegal drugs is rapidly changing. The public's changing attitude about illegal drugs is causing politicians to change their attitude as well. The changing attitude is reflected in legislative action which is causing a change in the drug laws in Illinois. A couple of years ago Illinois joined a growing national trend by accepting and legalizing medical marijuana in Illinois. Today, if you are able to satisfy the requirements of the Medical Marijuana Act you can legally purchase and consume marijuana for medical purposes. This is something that was unheard of just a few years ago. Last summer the Illinois Legislature decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. If you are caught with possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, instead of being arrested and being charged with a criminal case, you will be given a ticket and will have to pay a fine. Again, these are changes that were unheard of just a few years ago. In addition to the changing drug laws, certain courts in certain counties are establishing Drug Courts and Drug Treatment Programs which try to treat drug addiction rather than treat drug offenders as criminals. Diversion Programs have been set up by the Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County State’s Attorney’s Offices to allow for drug treatment instead of criminal punishment.

Experienced Drug Attorney Providing Effective Representation of Illinois Drug Crimes

Drug crimes lawyer, James Dimeas, has spent the past 29 years handling drug cases throughout Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County. James Dimeas understands the changing Illinois drug laws and understands how the police handle such cases and how they build their evidence and make their cases. James Dimeas is a drug crime lawyer with over-27 years of experience handling drug cases. The 27 years of experience with drug cases gives James Dimeas an unprecedented insight into the tactics used by prosecutors to prosecute drug cases and understands how to weaken their cases and how to attack drug cases. Since drug lawyer, James Dimeas, is in court almost every day in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, or Lake County, he is familiar with the various Drug Treatment Programs and Second Chance and Court Diversion programs and knows how to use them to help his clients avoid criminal prosecutions and criminal records which could seriously affect their future.

Some of the most common drug crimes that drug lawyer James Dimeas has handled in his 26 years of practicing criminal law include;

If you are being charged with a drug-related crime in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, or Lake County, you need an experienced and seasoned drug attorney who has the experience and the knowledge to defend you in court. The police and the prosecutors who prosecute drug crimes are experienced and know what they are doing. You need a lawyer on your side who knows what he is doing. Drug lawyer, James Dimeas, can also represent if you are facing drug charges in federal court. Drug lawyer, James Dimeas, has appeared in federal courts as far away as Las Vegas Nevada. James Dimeas will review your case and will come up with a strategy that will allow you to move on with your life and avoid going to jail and possibly avoid a criminal conviction. You can speak to James Dimeas personally by calling him at 847-807-7405. Contact him for a free and confidential consultation.

Possession of a Controlled Substance in Illinois

In Illinois, it is illegal to knowingly possess a controlled substance 720 ILCS 570/402. Possession does not simply mean that the police must find the drugs on you. If the police find the drugs in a place where you had knowledge and the ability to exercise control over the drugs, you can be charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Illinois. An example is if the police find drugs in your car or in your bedroom. This is called Constructive Possession and is a common way that prosecutors are able to prove possession. Another example is when the police claim they saw you drop a bag as they were approaching you.

Cases involving Constructive Possession can be a little more difficult for a prosecutor to prove than a case of actual possession. You frequently see issues in Constructive Possession drug cases involving whether the stop of the vehicle was legal or whether the search of the bedroom was illegal. Chicago criminal defense lawyer James Dimeas will examine the particular facts of your case and will determine if the police violated your constitutional rights when they stopped your vehicle and when they searched your vehicle, or whether they had the right to search your residence. If the police violated your rights, Drug lawyer, James Dimeas, will file a motion with the court. James Dimeas will have the police action declared illegal and will have the court throw out the evidence in your case.

Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Delivery of a Controlled Substance 720 ILCS 570/401 is a very serious criminal charge in Illinois. Basically, if you are charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance the state is claiming that you were trying to sell drugs. The law treats drug dealing much more seriously than simply possessing drugs. If you are caught with more drugs than a person would normally need for their personal use, or if the drugs were packaged in a way that would indicate that they were being possessed with the intent to sell them, you can be charged with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance. An example would be if the police caught you with cocaine that was stored in many different baggies. Or if the police found that you were in possession of drugs along with a scale, and baggies and other items that would indicate that the drugs were being sold.

Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance carry serious potential criminal penalties in Illinois. The potential criminal penalties in Illinois depend o the weight of the drugs involved and can be enhanced depending on your criminal background or even whether the transaction occurred within a thousand feet of a school or a place of worship, such as a church. Since the various sentencing ranges are so complex, the potential penalties will vary depending on the particular facts of each case, you should call the experienced Drug Lawyer, James Dimeas, to discuss your particular case.

Award-Winning Drug Lawyer to Fight Your Drug Charges

James Dimeas has spent over-27 years fighting drug cases throughout Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County. James Dimeas's 29 years of experience gives him a unique perspective on the investigative techniques used by all the local police department as well as the Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County Sheriff's Department. James Dimeas has developed and perfected defense strategies that have resulted in the dismissal of drug charges and the reduction of very serious drug charges to minor drug charges. James Dimeas is familiar with different programs and and methods by which drug treatment and rehabilitation can be sought in lieu of a criminal conviction. 

James Dimeas is a nationally-recognized, award-winning Drug attorney.  Attorney and Practice Magazine gave James Dimeas the "Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney Award for Illinois," and the "Top 10 DUI Defense Attorney" award. The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys gave James Dimeas the "Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Illinois." Recently, the American Society of Legal Advocates named James Dimeas a "Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer In the State of Illinois For the Year 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021." Expertise named James Dimeas a "Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago." James Dimeas was named a "Best DUI Attorney." The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys recognized James Dimeas as a "10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction." The National Trial Lawyers named James Dimeas a "Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer." AVVO rates James Dimeas as "Superb," 10 out of 10, the highest rating possible for any Drug attorney in the United States.

You can contact Drug attorney James Dimeas anytime for a free and confidential consultation for your particular case. James Dimeas will listen to you and will determine whether you have a valid defense. You can always speak to James Dimeas personally by calling 847-807-7405.

Client Reviews
I got into an argument with my ex-boyfriend. One thing led to another and when he came close to me I pushed him away. He called the police and when I spoke to the police I told them that I pushed him without realizing that you don't have to hit someone to be charged with a Domestic Battery. Being arrested was terrifying. I spoke to several attorneys who promised they would win the case and were charging a ridiculous amount of money. A friend referred me to James Dimeas. He was straightforward and honest with me and charged me a very reasonable and affordable fee. He got me into the Kane County Deferred Prosecution Program. I successfully completed the program and I just received paperwork in the mail that the case has been expunged and completely removed from my record. I highly recommend Jim Dimeas. He is an honest and straightforward lawyer that will look out for your best interests. E.A.
Had a DUI and hired a lawyer who lived in my building that I knew for years and trusted. Thought he was my friend. Paid him (more than I should have) and he handled my case for almost a year and totally screwed it up. I fired him and found out that he had given up his law license around the time I hired him. A friend recommended James to me and he took over my case and handled it the way it should have been handled from the beginning. I cannot stress how HIGHLY I recommend James Dimeas. I wish I would have hired him from day one. He answered all my calls and text messages and cleaned up a royal mess that had been created by the previous guy that I thought was a lawyer. I consider James to be a friend and recommend him to all of my friends. What a great lawyer and an even better guy! J.P.
I had been accused of doing something, by my then wife, that I did not do. I was 100% innocent and was at the lowest point in my life. My mother told me to call James Dimeas. Her friend recommended him to her. James fought for me in court and refused to back down, even when the prosecution offered to lower the charges and make me plead guilty. I refused to plead guilty to something I did not do. The case went to trial and James won my case. I was found not guilty because I was NOT GUILTY. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND JAMES DIMEAS! Not only is he a great lawyer, but he is also a great human being. The truth shall set you free! C.D.
James Dimeas is a great lawyer who knows what he is doing and will guide you through every step of the process. He will go above and beyond what he needs to do to help you out. Sometimes I would text him in the evening or the weekend with a question and he would always respond. Really made me feel like he cared about me. When we went to court he tore apart the girl that was making false allegations against me and he won my case. That was one of the greatest day of my life. If you need legal help, the only lawyer should call is James Dimeas. Highly recommended! E.L.
I am so lucky to have stumbled upon this great attorney. I made a really stupid mistake at the worst time. I needed to get a case dismissed within 2 or 3 weeks so I could join the military. I could not leave for Basic Training until the case was dismissed and Jim made some calls and got the case dismissed. What a great guy. I’m so lucky I found him online and called him! Somebody was looking out for me. J.S.