Possession of Cocaine
Chicago possession of cocaine criminal defense lawyer, James Dimeas, is an award-winning criminal defense attorney that has been handling Possession of Cocaine cases throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County for 25 years. The extensive experience with Cocaine cases, gives Possession of Cocaine attorney, James Dimeas, a unique and keen understanding of hoo Possession of Cocaine cases are treated by the police and by the Courts.
Possession of Cocaine 720 ILCS 570/402 is treated seriously in the State of Illinois. Unlike Marijuana/Cannabis, there is no national or state movement to legalize the use and Possession of Cocaine.
Illinois classifies drugs under five separate schedules. Schedule 1 contains the most serious and dangerous drugs while schedule 5 has the drugs that have the lowest potential for abuse. Cocaine is considered a Schedule 1 Drug. Schedule 1 drugs are defined as drugs that have a high potential for abuse with no accepted medical use and are unsafe for medical use even if you were being supervised by a medical professional. The higher a drug finds itself on the Drug Schedules, the harsher it is treated under the Illinois drug laws. It's interesting to note that marijuana is also considered a Schedule 1 drug along with heroin. Yet the Possession of Cocaine is treated much more seriously than the Possession of Marijuana in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County.
In Illinois, it is illegal to possess any amount of cocaine, no matter how small the amount. You will be charged with Possession of Cocaine even if the cocaine weighed less than one gram. While all Possession of Cocaine cases are treated more seriously than a typical Possession of Marijuana case, not every Possession of Cocaine case is treated the same way in every County and in every Courthouse. Possession of Cocaine cases for very small amounts are frequently dismissed by prosecutors in inner city Courthouses in Cook County. Similar Possession of Cocaine cases for the exact same amount will not be dismissed in Cook County Courthouses outside of the inner city. And Possession of Cocaine cases for any amount are hardly ever dismissed in DuPage County, Lake County, or Kane County because the amount of the cocaine was too small. An experienced and skilled cocaine lawyer can get Possession of Cocaine cases dismissed in DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County if the police stopped a pedestrian or a motorist for no reason or if they search a pedestrian or a vehicle without a warrant and without probable cause and find cocaine. But Possession of Cocaine cases will not be dismissed because the amount of the cocaine was too small.
Cocaine possession lawyer, James Dimeas, has handled thousands of Possession of Cocaine cases throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County. James Dimeas's 25 years of experience handling Possession of Cocaine cases gives James Dimeas the experience necessary to challenge the illegal searches and seizures by the police. James Dimeas has filed many motions to challenge stops of pedestrians and motorists and challenge the search of their vehicles and homes and has had evidence thrown out of court and cases dismissed because the police violated the constitutional rights of his clients. James Dimeas is a Possession of Cocaine lawyer that has the experience and the proven track record to defend your Possession of Cocaine case in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County. James Dimeas will use his 25 years of experience to come up with a defense strategy that gives you the best chance of winning your case.Your Cocaine Possession Case in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County and Kane County
After you are arrested for Possession of Cocaine you will be taken to Bond Court for a Bond Hearing. The judge will set a Bond which could be anything from nothing to a substantial sum of money. The amount of your Bond will be will depend on the facts of the case and your criminal record. The court will also look to see if you have had any prior cases in which you failed to appear in court. Once you are released after the Bond Hearing you will be given a court date for a Preliminary Hearing. At the Preliminary Hearing the judge will determine after hearing the evidence if you should be released or if you should be formally charged with a crime. Most minor drug cases in Cook County proceed to an actual Preliminary Hearing in front of a judge. Drug cases in DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County are almost always determined by a Grand Jury which meets in secret and determines whether the state has enough evidence to charge you with a crime. If a determination is made that there is Probable Cause to believe that a crime was committed and that you are the one that commit the crime, you will be formally charged and your case will be sent to a trial judge. This is when your case officially begins. All the evidence will be turned over to your attorney and you will be able to see all of the evidence that the state has against you. But what happens at a Bond Hearing and a Preliminary Hearing is very important for your case. The Bond Hearing is the first chance you get to hear about the evidence that the state has against you. The Preliminary Hearing is the first chance, and only chance, to question the state’s witnesses prior to trial. Any experienced criminal defense lawyer knows that it is always better for your lawyer to begin working on your case at the Bond Hearing and the Preliminary Hearing.
You should call Possession of Cocaine lawyer, James Dimeas, as soon after you are arrested so he can begin working on your case right away. Drug attorney, James Dimeas, is always available at 847-807-7405.Defenses for Your Possession of Cocaine Charges
The state is required to prove that you actually possessed the cocaine. There's two ways that this usually happens. The first is when the police search you and find the cocaine on you or when the police search your car or your bedroom and find the cocaine in a car or in a house. The police have to prove you knew that the cocaine was there and that it was yours. Many times, this is difficult to prove when the cocaine is found in a motor vehicle. Especially when other people are present inside the vehicle or the vehicle did not belong to you. If cocaine is found in an apartment or a house, sometimes the police are unable to prove that the cocaine belongs to you if other people live in the apartment or the house.
Most Possession of Cocaine cases involve an initial stop by the police, whether it be of a pedestrian walking down the street, or a motorist stopped by the police while driving their vehicle. The police cannot detain anyone for no reason. The police need probable cause or a very good reason to justify stopping a pedestrian or motorist. Most Possession of Cocaine cases also involve a search subsequent, or after, a stop. Sometimes the search is of a person and sometimes the search is of a person's vehicle or their residence. Once again, the police cannot search a person or their vehicle or their residence for any reason or for no reason. They typically need a warrant and absent a warrant they need a legally recognized exception to the requirement that they have a warrant.
Possession of cocaine drug lawyer, James Dimeas, has handled thousands of Possession of Cocaine cases throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County. 25 years of experience handling Possession of Cocaine cases gives James Dimeas the skills necessary to spot unconstitutional actions by the police and be able to file the necessary and proper motions to have evidence thrown out and have cases dismissed. James Dimeas will use his skills as a Possession of Cocaine attorney to hold the police responsible for violating your constitutional rights.Criminal Penalties for Possession of Cocaine Charges
The criminal penalties for Possession of Cocaine in Illinois vary depending on the amount of cocaine you are caught with. The more cocaine you have in your possession, the more severe the penalty. Penalties are as follows:
- Up to 15 grams is a Class 4 Felony.
- 15 to 100 grams is a Class 1 Felony.
- 100 to 400 grams is a Class X Felony.
Possession of Cocaine lawyer, James Dimeas, has 25 years of experience handling Possession of Cocaine cases. Mr. Dimeas will examine the specific facts of your case and challenge the initial stop by the police and the subsequent search to have the evidence in your case excluded and thrown out by the court. James Dimeas will challenge the various accounts by the police in their police reports. James Dimeas will hold the police responsible for any constitutional violations that may have occurred. In the alternative, Mr. Dimeas will explore the possibility of getting you TASC Probation or even 410 or 1410 probation so that you may receive treatment instead of being treated like a criminal. Mr. Dimeas is a Possession of Cocaine lawyer who understands the seriousness of a Possession of Cocaine charge in Illinois. In addition to a possible jail sentence a conviction for Possession of Cocaine can never be removed from your record. A felony conviction for Possession of Cocaine will always appear on a background search and will make it very difficult, if not impossible, to ever get a job.
Award-Winning Possession of Cocaine Lawyer Available to Defend Your Cocaine Case
James Dimeas is an award-winning Possession of Cocaine attorney. James Dimeas has been recognized as a "10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction" by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. James Dimeas has been recognized as a "Best DUI Attorney." Expertise has named James Dimeas a "Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago." The National Trial Lawyers have recognized James Dimeas as a "Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer." AVVO has rated James Dimeas as "Superb", the highest rating possible for any attorney in the United States.
Every case is different and James Dimeas will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. He will come up with the best way to handle your case. James Dimeas will look out for your best interests and do what is best for you. Contact James Dimeas for a free and confidential consultation about your case. James Dimeas can always be reached at 847-807-7405.