Possession of a Controlled Substance
Possession of a Controlled Substance attorney, James Dimeas, has been handling PCS cases throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County for 25 years. James Dimeas's extensive experience as a Possession of a Controlled substance lawyer gives him a unique and keen understanding of how drug cases are handled by Courts and police throughout the Chicago area.
Possession of a Controlled Substance lawyer James Dimeas, understands that Possession of a Controlled Substance 720 ILCS 570/402 criminal charges are among the most common criminal charges in Illinois. Many times, what happens prior to the arrest can make or break your case.
If you were pulled over by the police in your vehicle the police must have a good reason for stopping your vehicle. If they search your vehicle they must have a legal reason to do that. If they stopped you while you were walking down the street and search you they must have a good reason to do that as well. This is where the services of an experienced and seasoned Possession of a Controlled Substance lawyer, like James Dimeas, can make all the difference in the world when it comes to a Possession of a Controlled Substance charge. James Dimeas has been handling drug cases throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County for 25 years. He has the experience with drug cases that makes it possible for him to spot legal issues early on in a case and challenge the stop and the search by the police.
Possession of a Controlled Substance lawyer, James Dimeas, is an award-winning criminal lawyer. James Dimeas has been recognized as a "Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago" by Expertise and a "Best DUI Attorney." The National Trial Lawyers have recognized James Dimeas as a "Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer" and the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys have recognized James Dimeas as a "10 Best Attorney Client Satisfaction." AVVO rates James Dimeas as "Superb", the highest rating possible for an attorney in the United States.
What happens after you are arrested by the police can also hurt your case. You have a constitutional right to not cooperate with the police after you are arrested or while you are being investigated for a crime. Many people believe that they have to answer questions from the police. You do not have to answer questions from the police after you are arrested or while they are investigating you. Many people believe that if they just cooperate with the police and tell them what happened that they will be allowed to go home like nothing happened. That's not how the real world works. If you are arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, you should immediately demand to talk to a lawyer. You should call Possession of a Controlled Substance lawyer, James Dimeas, to discuss your PCS drug case as soon as possible. James Dimeas is a drug lawyer that handles drug cases in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County.
If you want to discuss your case with James Dimeas, call him anytime to discuss your drug case. For a free and confidential case evaluation, you can always contact James Dimeas. Chicago PCS lawyer, James Dimeas, can always be reached at 847-807-7405.Unlawful Possession of Drugs
Under 720 ILCS 570/402 is against the law in Illinois to knowingly possess a controlled substance. The police do not have to retrieve the drugs from you. When the police find the drugs on you, that's called actual possession. But when the police find the illegal drugs inside of your vehicle, or in your house, or your bedroom, that’s called constructive possession. In both cases the state has to prove that you had knowledge of the Controlled Substance or illegal drugs and that they were under your control.What Are the Penalties for Possession of a Controlled Substance in Illinois?
The potential criminal penalties for Possession of a Controlled Substance in Illinois vary depending on the drug involved and the amount, or "weight" of the drug. The greater the amount, or "weight", the more serious the potential penalties. Generally, if you are caught with less than 15 grams of a controlled substance such as cocaine or heroin, you are probably going to be facing a Class 4 felony which carries a potential jail sentence of 1-3 years. Probation is available for a Class 4 felony. The potential criminal penalties for a Possession of a Controlled Substance criminal charge in Illinois increase as the amount, or "weight", of the drug increases.Can I Get Probation for a Drug Charge?
Probation is usually available for drug-related criminal offenses in Illinois. There are two types of a special types of drug probation that are frequently used by Possession of a Controlled Substance Drug Lawyer James Dimeas to avoid a conviction and avoid a criminal drug record. The first type of probation is commonly called "410" or "1410" probation 720 ILCS 570/410. This special type of probation is available for first time drug offenders who had never previously been convicted of a drug-related offense. At the time that you are sentenced you will plead guilty to the drug charge and then the case will be continued for two years. A conviction will not be entered unless you violate the terms of the probation. You will be required to take, and pass, 3 random drug tests, perform 30 hours of community service and comply with any other conditions that the court may impose. Sometimes the court will require drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment, or a mental health evaluation and treatment or that you obtain a high school diploma. But if you successfully complete this type of probation, when you go back to court 2 years later the case will be dismissed and the charges will be thrown out.
The second type of probation available under Illinois law that Possession of a Controlled Substance attorney, James Dimeas, uses so that his clients can avoid a criminal drug conviction is called TASC probation 20 ILCS 301/40-5. TASC probation is available to anyone charged with almost any felony that elects to be treated for a drug problem. You do not have to be charged with a drug offense to receive TASC probation. To be accepted into the TASC program, you have to be evaluated and you have to be accepted into the program. If you are sentenced to TASC probation your case will be continued for 2 years and you will be required to perform community service pass random urine drug test and receive and complete drug treatment. If you successfully complete the program you will go back to court in 2 years and the case will be dismissed.
PCS attorney, James Dimeas, is very familiar with Section 410, or 1410 probation and the TASC probation statute and process. James Dimeas understands how to convince judges and prosecutors to go along with these sentences so as to avoid a criminal conviction for his clients. James Dimeas has written extensively on both of these topics and is very familiar with the rules and the regulations concerning these special types of drug probation. To discuss probation for your drug case, call James Dimeas anytime to discuss whether you are eligible for TASC probation or 410, or 1410 probation. Chicago Possession of a Controlled Substance lawyer, James Dimeas, can always be reached at 847-807-7405.
In addition to the special types of probation that are available under Illinois Law the State's Attorney's offices in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County, offer Diversion Programs or Second Chance Programs that allow first-time drug offenders to avoid a criminal conviction on their record. What is available varies from county to county and depends on the facts of your case and your criminal background. Drug lawyer, James Dimeas, has been handling drug cases throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County for 25 years. He is familiar with the different programs that are available and knows how to get you into the programs and knows who he needs to talk to to get you accepted into these programs. Successful completion of these Second Chance, or Diversion alternative programs will result in the felony drug charges being dismissed. Many times, you will be allowed to expunge and remove the arrest from your record after you complete these programs. To discuss whether you could be eligible to get into a Second Chance or Diversion Program call PCS drug attorney, James Dimeas, anytime for free and confidential case evaluation. James Dimeas knows how to keep drug cases off of your record so that a drug case does not follow you around for the rest of your life. Chicago criminal lawyer James Dimeas can always be reached at 847-807-7405.Experienced Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS) Lawyer Will Defend Your Drug Case
Possession of a Controlled Substance criminal drug lawyer, James Dimeas, has spent over 25 years handling drug cases throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County. Mr. Dimeas has handled almost every type of drug case imaginable. He has been successful in having drug charges dismissed because the police conducted an illegal stop or conducted an illegal search. Mr. Dimeas will examine the unique facts of your case and determine whether the police violated your constitutional rights. If they did, he will make sure they are held responsible and will have the evidence illegally seized in your case thrown out of court. If the police question you without reading you your rights, he will have your statement thrown out of court. If you have a drug problem and need help James Dimeas will get you are treated for your drug problem instead of being labeled a criminal. He will make sure that you avoid a conviction on your record.
If you are being charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, or Kane County, hope is not lost. Contact Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS) drug attorney, James Dimeas, to discuss your options. Mr. Dimeas will help you with your drug case. You can call him anytime at 847-807-7405 to discuss your options.