Prescription Drug Possession
Prescription Drug Possession attorney, James Dimeas, has been handling Prescription Drug Possession cases throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County for 25 years. His experience handling Prescription Drug cases has given him a unique understanding of how Possession of Prescription Drug cases are handled by the police and by the Courts.
Prescription Drug Possession lawyer, James Dimeas, has noticed a dramatic rise in the number of the Prescription Drug Possession cases in recent years. The rise in Prescription Drug Possession cases is linked to the dramatic rise in opioid addiction that has exploded nationally. Prescription Drug Possession cases require a new way of dealing with such a criminal case for a criminal defense lawyer. Very few of the people charged with Prescription Drug Possession can be called typical "criminals." People that are charged with Prescription Drug Possession usually started using the prescription drugs for a legitimate medical purpose. It usually starts with a medical issue that requires a prescription from a medical doctor to deal with pain. The pain medication is legally prescribed by their doctor. These legally prescribed medications are highly addictive. Studies have been published which show that the medical profession, in general, has been guilty of over-prescribing prescription pain medication. The pharmaceutical industry also shares in the blame for over-prescribing pain medication to patients. The pharmaceutical industry has been criticized for misleading doctors and the public about how addictive their medications are. As a result, we are seeing a growing number of people who are addicted to these pain meds. When the prescriptions run out some people are turning to heroin to satisfy their addiction. Other people are obtaining the prescription medication illegally by stealing a prescription pad from a doctor’s office or making counterfeit prescriptions. When they get arrested for having a prescription medication without a prescription, or with a forged or fake prescription, they enter the criminal justice system by being charged with the Prescription Drug Possession.
Prescription Drug Possession attorney, James Dimeas, has been handling Prescription Drug cases in Cook County DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County for 25 years. He has seen the toll and the effect that Prescription Drug addiction on a person. This affliction is affecting all segments of our society. Many of the people that are addicted to prescription drugs are normal citizens that are gainfully employed. Their children attend our schools and they live in our neighborhoods with their families. Prescription drug addiction can affect anyone. Mr. Dimeas's unique perspective on the prescription drug epidemic allows him to handle Prescription Drug Possession cases in Illinois in an appropriate and logical way. Most of the people that are charged with Prescription Drug Possession need help. They do not need to be treated like criminals. Mr. Dimeas will handling your case in a respectful manner and will use his knowledge of the causes of your addiction to convince the prosecutor and the Court that you need help rather than be treated like a criminal.Prescription Drug Possession Law in Illinois
In Illinois, it is illegal to possess any amount of a prescription drug without a valid prescription from a licensed medical doctor. The prescription has to be for you. It's no defense to a charge of Prescription Drug Possession to claim that the prescription was for a family member or a friend. The prescription has to be in your name. The typical Prescription Drug Possession case involves the police pulling over a motorist and finding a few pills of a prescription pain medication in the possession of the motorist or a passenger without a valid prescription.
Illinois places drugs in different schedules in order of their potential addictive value and medical benefits. Illinois has five schedules of illegal drugs. Schedule 1 contains the hardcore street drugs that have no medical value and are highly addictive. Drugs like cocaine and heroin are considered schedule 1 drugs. Schedule 2 through 5 contains drugs that are less addictive and have some medical benefits. Prescription drugs are somewhere between Schedule 2 through 5. Generally, the lower in the Schedules that a drug appears in, the less severe it will be treated under Illinois drug laws.What Are the Criminal Penalties for Prescription Drug Possession in Illinois?
The criminal penalties for Prescription Drug Possession in Illinois vary pending on the drug involved and the amount of the drug seized by the police. As stated earlier, the possession of even one prescription drug pill without a valid prescription from a medical doctor is considered illegal in Illinois. The range of penalties for a Prescription Drug Possession case can vary anywhere from a Class 4 felony for a small amount, or a few pills, to a Class X felony for a large amount of prescription drugs. The possible range of criminal penalties that you could be facing for your Prescription Drug Possession case will depend on the specific facts of your case. Prescription Drug Possession lawyer, James Dimeas, is very familiar with the different criminal penalties that apply to different drugs and the different amounts in Illinois. Prescription Drug attorney, James Dimeas, will let you know what the potential penalties are for your Prescription Drug Possession case. You can reach drug lawyer, James Dimeas, by calling him at 847-807-7405 to discuss the specific facts of your case. Contact him for a free and confidential consultation about your case.What are the Legal Defenses for Prescription Drug Possession in Illinois?
Like any other drug case in Illinois there are legal defenses available for Prescription Drug Possession cases that could result in a finding of not guilty and the dismissal of the criminal charges against you. Some of the legal defenses involve:
- Did the police have a valid search warrant and did the search warrant contain inaccurate and misleading information from the police?
- Did the police have a legal reason for pulling over your vehicle or stopping you when you were walking down the street?
- Did the police have a search warrant to search your vehicle? And if the police did not have a warrant did they have a legal right to search your vehicle?
- Did the vehicle belong to you or someone else?
- Did the prescription medication belong to a family member or friend who had been in the vehicle before you were?
- Is the state trying to use a statement that you made to the police before you were read your Miranda warnings?
TASC probation and 410 or 1410 probation are also possible ways of avoiding a criminal conviction so you can keep a Prescription Drug Possession case off of your record. There are also Diversion Programs that are available for first-time time offenders in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County and Kane County. Prescription Drug Possession lawyer, James Dimeas, has 25 years of experience handling Prescription Drug Possession cases throughout the Chicago Metropolitan area. He understands how to pursue the best defense for a Prescription Drug Possession case in Court that will either result in the dismissal of the criminal charges or result in a Diversion Program which steers you away from the criminal justice system to a Drug Treatment program that would allow you to keep your criminal record clean so that a Prescription Drug Possession case could never appear in a background search.Award-Winning Prescription Drug Possession Lawyer James Dimeas for Your Prescription Drug Possession Case
If you are facing Prescription Drug Possession charges in Cook County, DuPage County, or Kane County, there are several things you need to do immediately. First of all, if the police want to talk to you about anything having to do your case, you should not talk to the police until you call Prescription Drug Possession attorney, James Dimeas, first to discuss your legal options. You can use Mr. Dimeas's 25 years of legal experience in handling Prescription Drug Possession Cases to advise you as to how to proceed with your case. If you have already been arrested and charged with Prescription Drug Possession in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, or Kane County, call Prescription Drug Possession lawyer, James Dimeas, immediately so he can start working on your case right away. There are things that you can do immediately to improve your chances of having a successful resolution of your Prescription Drug Possession charges.
Mr. Dimeas has 25 years of experience handling Prescription Drug Possession cases throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. He is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to discuss the particular facts of your case and to begin working on your case immediately to resolve your case in a successful way that allows you to go on with your life without a criminal record on your background. Contact Chicago Prescription Drug Possession lawyer James Dimeas anytime for a free and confidential consultation for your case. James Dimeas can always be reached at 847-807-7405.