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Drug Charges

Jeffry Mandell has been a Drug Lawyer for more than 40 years in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

Drug crimes can come with serious charges, but some are much more severe than others. For example, people caught with a small amount of marijuana would not face as severe of a penalty as those charged with the delivery of a controlled substance such as heroin or cocaine. The drug laws in Chicago and Illinois are strict and the penalties can be harsh. Jail time is a real possibility, even for those committing a first offense.

Mr. Mandell will defend you against a variety of drug related charges including:


For those who have been charged with a drug crime, a good criminal drug lawyer on their side is vital to the most successful resolution of their case. Finding a client not guilty is the ultimate goal. However, in many cases it is necessary to try and reduce the charges to a lesser crime. Lesser charges could lead to reduced penalties including probation instead of jail time, first offender probation (which may be expungeable), reduction from a felony to a misdemeanor and a quicker resolution to your case. There is also the possibility of drug school, which could lead to case dismissal and expungement.

There are a few key strategies to keep in my mind when facing drug charges:

  • The 4th amendment of the U.S. Constitution is the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. This means that police need to have a search warrant or probable cause to make a search. This issue comes up in court cases all the time. Make sure to consult your attorney to determine if there was a proper search conducted prior to the arrest.
  • The 5th amendment is the right against self-incrimination such as admissions to the police without proper warnings. Many times, defendants do not know that they are entitled to an attorney and have no obligation to speak to the police. Make sure to consult your attorney to determine if the defendant had been properly given their Miranda rights as required by law.
  • Another possible defense is whether the defendant is in actual possession of the drugs. Many times, the illegal drugs are found on the person’s property but do not belong to that individual. An example is if it is found in your car, and there are other people in the car, the prosecution has to prove that the drugs belong to you.
  • There are programs through the court such as Drug School or First Offender Program which result in the charges being dismissed and the record being expunged. Make sure to consult an attorney to see if these programs apply to your case.