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DuPage County Drug Manufacturing Defense Lawyers

Aggressive Defense Against Drug Manufacturing or Intent to Sell Charges in Illinois

In Illinois, penalties for drug manufacturing or intent to sell are more severe than drug possession for your own consumption. A conviction could land you in prison for several years, and you may be required to pay thousands of dollars in fines while facing numerous other adverse consequences. To make matters worse, if the case involves a larger operation and/or multiple states, you may also face federal charges, which include mandatory sentencing guidelines for convictions. If you are under investigation or have been charged with drug manufacturing in Illinois, it is important to speak with an experienced drug crimes attorney right away, so you understand your rights and options.

Since 1979, Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices has provided skilled representation for individuals charged with drug possession, drug trafficking, and drug manufacturing or intent to sell in Chicagoland and throughout Northern Illinois. Our award-winning attorneys are former prosecutors and public defenders with an in-depth experience successfully litigating criminal cases at all levels of the state and federal judicial system. Our unique prosecutorial experience gives us extensive knowledge of how the government will build their case against you and what it will take to secure the best possible outcome for your circumstance.

We have been recognized not only for our skill and experience, but also for our aggressive advocacy on behalf of each client we serve. Our lawyers are honest, straightforward, accessible, and approachable. Our clients appreciate our down-to-earth approach and our willingness to explore every potential legal avenue to reduce or eliminate the charges against them. We offer free consultations and extended evening and weekend hours for your convenience, and we respond quickly to all client questions and concerns.

Drug Manufacturing in Illinois

An individual can be charged for drug manufacturing under state or federal law if he/she participates in the cultivation or manufacture of a controlled substance. Cultivation is not the same as manufacturing, but the two are closely related. Cultivation typically involves the growth and harvesting of drug-producing plants. While marijuana has been legalized in Illinois, people are generally prohibited from growing or cultivating cannabis plants unless they have a license to do so. Drug manufacturing usually involves harder substances such as cocaine, LSD, and methamphetamines, which are often created in a laboratory and/or through chemical processes. Penalties for drug manufacturing or intent to sell depend on the type of substance, the location where an offense allegedly occurred (such as near a school), the size of the operation, and other circumstances in the case. Manufacture of a controlled substance (other than marijuana) is at a minimum at Class 3 felony, with prison terms starting at two to five years and fines starting at $25,000. However, for "hard drugs" such as heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine, manufacturing at least one gram can lead to Class 1 felony charges, with prison sentences of up to 15 years and fines up to $250,000.

To successfully defend against a drug manufacturing charge, we start by thoroughly investigating the circumstances to identify any and all holes in the prosecution's case. We look closely at the constitutionality of the search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment, the credibility of hostile witnesses, and many other factors. Potential defenses may include:

  • Lack of Knowledge;
  • Manufacture for Personal Use;
  • Entrapment;
  • Duress/Compulsion;
  • Insanity; or
  • Infancy (if the person charged is a child under age 13).

Contact Our Bloomingdale Drug Manufacturing Attorneys

At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we know there is a lot at stake in the outcome of your case. Your finances, freedom, future employment, housing, schooling, and even your immigration status may be in jeopardy. With so much on the line, it is critical to have experienced legal counsel in your corner fighting to protect your rights. For a free consultation with one of our skilled Illinois drug crimes lawyers, contact our office today at 630-932-9100.

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