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Drug Possession A Serious Offense In The Windy City

Drug Possession A Serious Offense In The Windy CityIn January, a candy store cashier was held on bail of $75,000 after police found crack cocaine and marijuana in her possession. The woman had been seen stuffing a large clear plastic bag into her bra, and upon arrest officers recovered four baggies containing crack cocaine and 20 baggies containing cannabis, or marijuana.

The woman was brought up on drug possession charges after police had been surveilling the store she worked at for days, and after several drug-related arrests in the area provided the police with valuable information. The incident highlights the continuing vigilance of Chicago law enforcement when it comes to drug laws, and for those caught in the crossfire, the importance of obtaining a competent criminal defense lawyer.

Police Make Mistakes

One of the things many criminal defendants fail to realize is that the police are not legal experts, and they don’t always follow the appropriate procedures when it comes to making arrests and collecting evidence. Depending upon the gravity of the misconduct, a criminal defendant may be able to avoid a successful prosecution altogether.

For example, evidence illegally obtained will be suppressed in a criminal prosecution; in order to obtain evidence legally, a search or arrest warrant is required, similar to the one obtained by the police prior to the candy store cashier’s arrest. In such situation, a seasoned criminal defense attorney will be able to review the facts leading up to the arrest and protect the defendant’s rights as the charges move forward.

Criminal Defendants Have Options

While it might seem that a criminal prosecution is a simple question of guilty or not guilty, there are many ways to mitigate the harm caused by a criminal prosecution, even where crucial evidence cannot be suppressed. In such situations, a criminal defense attorney who knows the courthouse and understands the plea bargain process can advocate effectively for a reduced or dropped charge from a prosecutor. While any criminal defendant can negotiate a plea bargain, seasoned criminal attorneys that have negotiated many such plea bargains know the difference between a good deal and a bad one.

Should the case go to trial, a criminal defense attorney will be necessary to poke holes in the prosecution’s case, to point out flaws in the prosecution’s strategy and to exploit any shred of doubt as to the client’s guilt. Experienced criminal defense attorneys also understand the nuances of judicial discretion in sentencing and may be able to obtain a reduced sentence from a judge.

Seek Out A Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal defendants facing drug possession or drug trafficking charges have some serious choices to make. Yet one choice that should not be difficult to make is choosing a criminal defense attorney who can effectively advocate on your behalf.

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Easy to work with – and hard to work against. A veteran of many high profile federal and state cases, clients are often surprised by how approachable they find Damon. But having seen him at trial dozens of times over the years, I can attest to his powerful motions practice, ability to conduct relentless cross-examinations, and give moving openings/closings. With personal and professional qualities that make him easy to work with – and hard to work against – anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney would be in great hands with Damon Cheronis.

Andy B. Chicago, IL

A lawyer who truly cares and listens to his clients. Damon, is a lawyer who truly cares and listens to his clients. He was totally prepared for the case so he was never surprised by the prosecutions evidence or arguments. He and was able to put the prosecutors in a defensive mode. He was by far the best attorney in the court room. I would highly recommend him to everyone.

John D. Chicago, IL

More than just and attorney! Very professional, always pays attention to detail and hungry to fight for his clients. The price I paid does come close to how hard he works. More than just and attorney! I definitely would recommend Damon to anyone I knew who needed a good attorney.

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