Southwest Cook County Drug Charges Lawyer

What is a Drug Offense in Illinois?

Under Illinois law, a drug is any substance that the law does not authorize a person to possess or manufacture. The statute provides a list of most substances, with the most common being:

  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • PCP
  • Marijuana

Other illegal, but less common substances are Rohypnol or (commonly referred to as “roofies” ), GHB, Ketamine. Synthetic Marijuana is also a drug in Illinois. In August of 2013, a new law was signed into effect by the governor which permitted the possession and use of marijuana for medical necessity purposes. People that qualify for the use of medical marijuana can now legally possess that substance.

Regarding illegal drugs, or any kind, it is unlawful to:

  • Possess Illegal Drugs
  • Sell Illegal Drugs
  • Distribute Illegal Drugs
  • Manufacture Illegal Drugs

In Cook County, Will County, DuPage County, Kankakee County, and all other Illinois counties, most drug crimes are Felonies and therefore you could be faced with substantial prison time if found guilty. Having an experienced drug crime attorney, like James A. Payonk, Jr., is important in defending you in the best manner possible.

Felony Sentencing

In Illinois, the sentence you could receive, if convicted of a felony drug crime, depends on the type of drug, the amount of the drug, and whether you were possessing, delivering or manufacturing.

Some drug crimes are so serious that you cannot even receive probation if found guilty, but you must be sentenced to prison. This is true even if you have no previous criminal history and are a first-time offender.

Depending on the charge and other factors, you could be sentenced to probation, prison, and be fined more than $100,000.

This is why it is so important to have an attorney representing you who is knowledgeable, experienced, who will fight for you and who will take you case to trial if needed. An experienced Orland Park drug crimes attorney who will meticulously look at all of the evidence to determine if the police or government had probable cause to arrest or stop you, and whether any search and seizure was lawful. An improper or unlawful arrest, search or seizure can be the basis of winning your case without a trial.

Illinois Drug Crimes Attorney

If you have been charged with a drug crime in Cook County, Will County or any other Illinois county, it is important that you speak with an experienced drug crime attorney. If convicted, you will face life punishment that will affect you the rest of your life.


Attorney Payonk has successfully won the dismissal of numerous cases by proving that there was insufficient probable cause for the arrest; or that the search and seizure of vital evidence was improper. If you have been charged with a drug crime in Orland Park, Tinley Park, Joliet, Chicago, Midlothian, Alsip, Lansing, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Palos Hills, Oak Lawn, Hickory Hills, Orland Hills, Lemont, New Lenox, Homer Glen, Chicago Ridge, Willow Springs, South Holland, Olympia Fields, Matteson, Markham, Harvey, Lynwood, LaGrange, Homewood, Evergreen Park, Dolton, ICrestwood, Blue Island, Beecher, Romeoville, Crete, Mokena, Frankfort, Manhattan, Plainfield, Steger and Wilmington, or any other Illinois city, call our offices for a free initial consultation at 708-966-2408 or contact us online.

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