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Illinois Criminal Defense Lawyer for Rolling Meadows and Cook County

Criminal Defense Attorney for Arlington Heights, Northwest Suburbs

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you are undoubtedly facing one of the most stressful and frightening challenges of your life. Even before you have had your day in court, you will have faced embarrassing public charges and you will likely have had your liberty constrained through arrest and detention.  You may also have received orders from the court that require you to participate in frequent drug or alcohol testing and to stay away from witnesses or locations where the crime is alleged to have occurred.

Even these temporary restrictions can be extremely traumatic and burdensome.  If you are ultimately convicted of a criminal offense, the consequences will be even more severe. Depending on the charge, you may face jail time, fines, extensive court monitoring, and a permanent record of criminal conduct that will follow you throughout your life and may limit your future opportunities to obtain employment, financing, or even housing.

Secure a Chicagoland Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a crime, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Drost, Gilbert, Andrew, & Apicella right away.  At DGAA, we will aggressively defend you at every state of your criminal case.  We will thoroughly investigate the allegations against you and will develop a strong case to counter the government’s evidence.  We will provide you with skilled advice throughout the process and we will hold the government to its burden of proving the charges against you beyond a reasonable doubt.  With our knowledgeable assistance and prudent advice, you will not have to succumb to the prosecution’s charges, nor suffer the onerous consequences of conviction, without a fight.  We will vigorously defend you against any of the following charges:

DUI / DWI / BWI / OUI.  If you have been charged with an offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you will be facing serious consequences including jail time, fines, and the loss of your driver’s license.  Our experienced DUI attorneys will provide you with a strong defense and will work to ensure the best possible outcome, whether that is a plea to a lesser charge or an outright acquittal.  In the event that you are convicted, we will assist you in the process of reinstating your driver’s license after a DUI-related license revocation.

Drug Possession. The possession, distribution, and possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance or marijuana will result in serious criminal penalties. The state of Illinois classifies controlled dangerous substances (“CDS”) by dividing them into five “schedules” depending on factors such as the individual drug’s addictive quality and potential for abuse.  The punishment for drug possession can be considered a Class A, B, or C misdemeanor, or a Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 felony, depending on the type and amount of the drug possessed.  Sentences for these offenses can range from probation for small amounts of drugs and first-time offenses, to long periods of incarceration of up to 50 years, along with steep fines of up to $200,000 or the street value of the drug, whichever is greater.  Similarly, possession of marijuana can be treated either as a Class A, B, or C misdemeanor or a Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 felony offense depending on the amount, and can involve punishment from probation to up to 15 years’ incarceration, as well as steep fines.

Offenses involving the distribution of drugs or possession with the intent to distribute drugs can result in even more severe punishment, These sentences can include up to a 60-year jail term, fines of up to $500,000, or the street value of the drug (whichever is greater), and sometimes even mandatory minimum incarceration periods for Class X felony offenses, which involve Schedule I drugs, large quantities of drugs, or repeat offenses. The delivery of marijuana or possession with intent to deliver can result in similarly harsh penalties.

Traffic Offenses. If you are charged with a traffic offense under the Illinois Vehicle Code you may face significant fines, and potentially even the loss of your license. If you enter a guilty plea to two moving violations in a 12-month period, you may be subject to court supervision.  A third guilty plea in a 12-month period could result in a conviction on your record and the suspension of your driver’s license.  (For a driver who is under the age of 21, two tickets could result in a license suspension). If you have received a traffic ticket for moving violations such as speeding, street racing, reckless driving, fleeing or eluding an officer, seat belt violations, driving on a suspended or revoked license, driving with expired license plate or registration or driving without insurance, consult an a traffic offense attorney before you enter a guilty plea by mailing in your ticket.

Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys at DGAA

If you are facing criminal charges, consult an experienced criminal defense attorney right away.  Contact Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella today to speak to a skilled criminal defense lawyer.  Your DGAA lawyer will vigorously defend against your criminal charges.  We have offices in Chicago and Cook County, and we serve clients throughout the greater Chicagoland area including Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Inverness, Schaumburg, and Barrington.