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Drug Crime / Offense Defense Lawyers

Drug Crime Defense Attorneys Serving Kane, Kendall & DeKalb Counties

First announced in 1971, the War on Drugs has been a prominent issue in the law for decades. Lawmakers and law enforcement officers have been involved in a constant struggle to locate drugs and remove them from the streets as quickly and effectively as possible. This is ostensibly done with the theory of protecting citizens from addiction, which seems great in theory. When it comes to practice, however, it does not tend to work quite as well as you might hope. Many individuals end up serving hard penalties for various drug offenses, for example, that sometimes are even more severe and strict than the punishment they might have received for things like assault, battery, or domestic abuse. It is important to keep in mind, then, that drug charges in Illinois can lead to especially harsh penalties.

At Van Der Snick Law Firm, LTD we believe that all of our clients deserve fair trials. We also believe that everyone should have a chance to live a normal life without the risk or reality of harsh penalties stemming from drug charges. That is why we work hard to ensure that all of our clients receive the very best defense possible, and do everything in our power to make sure they receive the most favorable outcomes possible given their cases.

Consequences for Drug Charges?

While some people tend to wave these charges off and think that they will be fine even if they are convicted, the fact of the matter is that drug charges are incredibly serious. If convicted, you will face the same consequences as anyone else with a criminal record – do not expect anyone to make an exception for you just because your crime was “just drug related”. A criminal record can and will impact your ability to live a normal life in a wide variety of ways.

If you want to build a career, regardless of the industry, then it is in your best interest to avoid any and all criminal charges. Should be convicted of a drug-related offense in particular, however, you will find yourself automatically unable to be hired for a wide variety of jobs, including those that have any contact with drugs whatsoever. You will no longer be able to work as a doctor, as a nurse, or as any other medical professional. In fact, even positions that require you to drive for a living will most likely turn down your application as it is not in their best interests to have someone with a known connection to drug use behind the wheel.

In addition to building a career, criminal charges can even affect your ability to find a nice place to live. Many landlords will hesitate before agreeing to rent to someone with a drug conviction, and your ability to obtain loans can also be negatively impacted. That means that for a single mistake, you could find yourself struggling to make ends meet and to live in a decent neighborhood for a lifetime.

As you can see, it is important to reach out to experienced attorneys if you find yourself in a situation where you might be charged with drug-related offenses, or in a situation where you have been charged with drug-related offenses, that result in criminal charges. Do not hesitate with the thought that things will simply “get better” on their own.

Legal Consequences

In addition to the aforementioned consequences that criminal charges can inflict, it is important not to overlook the punishment that can be handed out by the court system. Depending upon your exact charge, you could find yourself in a position where you are facing one or more felonies. These could hand out time behind bars as well as hefty fines (as can misdemeanors – do not make the mistake of thinking these are not serious issues, too). Other potential punishment includes house arrest or probation, both of which can be quite lengthy in terms of time and can also be quite expensive. Note that if you are caught with drugs near a park, a school, a family housing complex, or a youth center, you will find yourself facing even harsher sentences for attempting “corrupt” the youth in the area.

Contact A Top Drug Crime / Offense Attorney Today For Help!

If you are facing drug charges, do not wait to hire an attorney. You need someone by your side, serving your best interests, from the very first step in order to ensure that your rights are protected. At Van Der Snick Law Firm, LTD we will work hard to make sure your case is represented properly and that you have a solid defense. For more information about our experienced lawyers and how they can help make your life a little easier during the criminal defense process, contact us today! We will be happy to set up a consultation with you.