At the Ramos Law Office, P.A., we have a dedicated practice in defending individuals faced with drug offense charges in Peoria and throughout Central Illinois. Early in his career, Jason Ramos worked as a prosecuting attorney for the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office. In later years he changed his legal focus to defend those accused of drug crimes. His experience as both a prosecuting attorney and Peoria drug defense lawyer has proved invaluable for clients in many circumstances. Attorney Ramos is an aggressive trial lawyer and an effective negotiator with a precise understanding of how the prosecuting side works. This enables him to create winning defense strategies that help clients see the best possible outcomes.
Drug possession crimes are being prosecuted more vigorously than ever, both in Illinois State and Federal courts. Prosecuting attorneys and judges alike are cracking down on drug offense crimes, sometimes seeking jail time even for those convicted for the first time. If you are someone you know has been charged with a drug offense in Peoria or throughout Illinois, you may be well aware that the charges could result in a serious penalty. Depending on the type of drug offense, the end result could lead to prison time. The laws related to illegal substance possession and distribution are very strict in the state of Illinois, and judges are often known to give severe sentences.
Before a judge determines your case, the best thing you can do when charged with drug offense is consult with a lawyer who specifically handles drug possession charges in Illinois. The counsel of an experienced lawyer can be an invaluable asset before taking the stand. A Peoria drug defense attorney can help you realize the potential penalties you may facing, and can help you establish the optimal case to minimize charges. With years of legal experience providing criminal defense counsel throughout Central Illinois, attorney Jason Ramos has record of success defending clients against drug charges. The drug defense attorneys of the Ramos Law Office, P.A. have built a prominent reputation for aggressively challenging the evidence and securing favorable outcomes for their clients. The firm’s criminal defense team has developed effective, winning strategies to better ensure that law enforcement officials do not see an unfair advantage over a client’s defense.
The distribution or manufacture of illegal drugs in Illinois is not taken lightly. Depending on the situation, the delivery or possession with the intent to deliver narcotics can result in several years of jail time. As the amount of drugs in possession increases, so does the severity of the penalty. In addition, Illinois drug laws include enhancements which can compound the sentence of a drug distribution offense. These modifications are described below. * If the defendant was in possession of a firearm at the time arrested for distributing or manufacturing illegal substances, the sentence could be doubled. * If the defendant was found distributing or manufacturing illegal drugs within 1,500 feet of a school, church, or related-public building such as movie theater or park, the sentence could be doubled.
In the state of Illinois, it is illegal to possess any amount of Marijuana (also referred to as Cannabis). As the amount marijuana found in possession increases, so does the severity of the crime’s penalty. Smaller quantities of marijuana possession (less than 30 grams of marijuana) are considered a misdemeanor, whereas larger quantities (over 30 grams of marijuana) fall under felony charges.
The primary goal in defending against a marijuana possession charge is to avoid a permanent criminal record, a possibility that could potentially impact one’s career as well as their future opportunities. Peoria drug defense attorney, Jason Ramos, can aggressively fight on your behalf if you are faced with marijuana drug possession charges. Regardless of the amount of marijuana you are allegedly caught to have possessed, attorney Jason Ramos can research the case to help minimize the penalty.
Although there are several avenues to take in defending against a marijuana drug charge, many favorable outcomes derive from a well presented defense of the following two challenges:
Challenge of Search: In some cases, a defendant’s rights can be applied due to an illegal search and seizure.
These rights, which are rooted to the Constitution, are exercised in situations when individuals have been stopped or searched for no legitimate reason and without a search warrant.
Challenge “Possession”: Drug possession can sometimes present an ambiguous context of which parties are responsible for the controlled substance. Just because a person was near the substance, it does not mean it was in their “possession.” In some instances, we can argue that the illegal drugs may have been in possession of another party.
In addition to these strategies, our Peoria criminal defense team applies other courtroom strategies to help our clients avoid a criminal conviction. Contact the Ramos Law Office for more information regarding the defense of drug possession charge.