DRUG CRIMES IN AURORA
RETAIN A DEFENSE FOR THE TOUGHEST CHARGES
If you have been accused of a drug crime, you are likely aware of the serious nature of these charges. Most drug-related offenses lead to high-stakes cases, where the outcome rests upon precise evidence and conviction can impact your life for decades. In these circumstances, the attorney you choose to represent you can mean the difference between sentencing and freedom. Martin & Kent, L.L.C. is committed to advocating on behalf of those who have been accused of criminal activity in Aurora.
Our firm represents clients in a variety of drug charges, including:
- Possession of prescription drugs
- Possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia
- Possession of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy or marijuana
- Delivery of marijuana and other substances
- Delivery of controlled substances
Our legal team is marked by a seasoned approach to all aspects of criminal defense. Both of our lawyers are former prosecutors whose careers in law encompass a total of more than 42 years and 10,000 cases. With this experience, we have a firm grasp of the challenges you may face in the courtroom and can defend you against the most difficult charges. We are ready to discuss your case at the earliest convenience-call us anytime, 24/7, to request a free case evaluation!
UNDERSTANDING DRUG CLASSIFICATIONS
Drugs are divided into various schedules based on how they are used. These rank from Schedule V drugs, which include certain medical drugs, to Schedule I drugs, which include opiates. Because of the way these substances are categorized, drug schedules also serve as a basis for determining the sentencing a person could face for drug-related offenses.
The drug schedules are as follows:
Schedule V: Drugs with medical use and small chance of addiction are classified as Schedule V substances.
Schedule IV: Drugs that are abused more readily than Schedule V drugs are classified as Schedule IV substances. These drugs are more likely to result in addictive behavior.
Schedule III: Drugs that are classified as Schedule III substances are more likely to be abused than previous schedules on account of a small likelihood of addiction.
Schedule II: Drugs that are likely to result in addiction or dependence but still retain a medical use are classified as Schedule II substances.
Schedule I: Drugs that are highly addictive and have no medicinal value are classified as Schedule I drugs.
Because they involve highly addictive and often abused substances, offenses involving Schedule I or II drugs often result in felony charges. Under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, more and more drugs are falling into these categories, adding to the risk of severe punishment for a given charge. Don’t leave your freedom on the line-secure a drug defense attorney who can begin working on your case as soon as possible.
FORMING AN EFFECTIVE DEFENSE
The exact sentencing associated with a drug offense depends on the type and amount of a drug found in your possession. For example, possession of 15 to 100 grams of heroin can result in anywhere from 4 to 15 years’ imprisonment, while possession of 900 or more grams will result in a sentence of 10 to 50 years. We work to defend clients from such penalties.
Common defenses for drug crimes include:
- Unlawful search and seizure
- Lack of knowledge
- Entrapment or compulsion
Many people go to court on account of false or unlawful charges. We make a point of upholding our clients’ rights against such accusations. When you retain a defense lawyer from our firm, we can make a thorough investigation of your case. As we analyze the evidence and testimony tied to your charges, our legal team will look for evidence that your rights were violated during the process of arrest. Any information indicating your innocence can be used to your advantage in trial.
CALL A FIRM WITH EXPERIENCE IN 10,000+ CASES
With an Aurora drug crime lawyer by your side, you could see your charges reduced or even dismissed. Get in touch with one of our team members at Martin & Kent, L.L.C. to learn how we can help. We make it our goal to ensure that clients’ rights are upheld throughout the criminal process, and utilize impressive experience to benefit each of our clients.
Call our office today at 630-474-8000 to learn more!