Rockford Drug Crime Defense Attorneys

Charged with a Drug Offense?

If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug offense in Rockford or the surrounding areas, it is vital to retain a skilled and aggressive criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Time is not on your side, so defending your rights and future freedom with the help of a lawyer can make the difference in the outcome of your case. State and federal prosecutors work tirelessly to obtain convictions for drug crime offenders, and penalties can range from extensive jail time to heavy fines and a permanent criminal record.

Our Rockford criminal defense attorneys defend clients facing charges including, but not limited to:

  • Illegal drug trafficking
  • Unlawful possession, manufacture, and sale of controlled substances
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of illegal drugs with the intent to distribute or sell

Drug Laws in Illinois

According to Illinois law, it is illegal to manufacture, sell or possess marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, meth, LSD or any other listed controlled substance. There are two main categories of drug crimes you could be charged with if you are found to be in possession of any of the above-listed substances:

  • Possession with the intent of personal recreational use
  • Possession with the intent to manufacture or sell

The amount of the controlled substance you are found in possession of determines whether you are charged with possession or possession with intent to manufacture and sell.

Main Evidence Needed For a Possession Conviction

If you have been arrested in Illinois, the prosecution must prove three main things to convict you of drug possession charges.

  1. The prosecution must first identify the substance.
  2. Second, they must prove that you were knowingly in possession of the substance.
  3. Finally, they must prove this substance was in your immediate control.

Often defendants are found in possession of controlled substances left in their car by friends or family. For example, your spouse takes an anti-anxiety medication like Alprazolam and forgets his or her prescription in your car. Later, you are pulled over for speeding and police request to search your vehicle. Confident you have nothing to hide from them, you consent. Police find the bottle of medication in your car prescribed to someone other than yourself. What seems like an innocent situation to you could read completely different to a police officer, and before you know it, you could be facing drug charges.

If you find yourself charged with a drug crime, it is imperative you contact a skilled Rockford criminal defense lawyer.

Why hire Schafer DeRango & Cain, LLP?

Schafer DeRango & Cain, LLP has more than 100 years of combined legal experience handling numerous cases for clients across Illinois. We are proud to be the preeminent litigation firm providing the highest quality legal representation available in the Rockford area for men and women charged with drug offenses. Whether you are facing federal or state charges, we proudly uphold our reputation for being an aggressive criminal defense firm, vigorously defending the rights of our clients no matter what. Our team will work around the clock to provide you with the effective and results-driven representation you need and deserve in and out of the courtroom.

Retain Our Rockford Criminal Defense Lawyers

We serve Winnebago County and the surrounding areas with exceptionally effective legal representation no matter how complicated your case may be. Don't wait another day to retain an attorney who cares about you and the outcome of your case. Regardless of your situation, we have handled countless criminal defense cases and, odds are, we've come across your legal matter before and know how to defend you against it.

Call Schafer DeRango & Cain, LLP at (815) 216-5911 to meet with your case's attorney for an initial, free consultation.

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