Chicago Prescription Drugs Defense Attorney

Common Prescription Drug Charges

Most prescription drugs are susceptible to abuse. The abuse then leads to addiction. Eventually, the addiction leads to criminal charges.

Common criminal charges related to prescription drugs include:

  • Altering Prescriptions
  • Forging Prescriptions
  • Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs
  • Unlawful Possession of Prescription Pads

All of these are felony offenses. Accordingly, they are punishable by at least 1 year in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

Common Types of Prescription Drugs

Criminal charges for unlawfully possessing or selling prescription drugs often include the following drugs:

  • Opioids and Pain Killers: OxyContin, Oxycodone, Zohydro, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Norco, Codeine, Percocet<
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  • Depressants and Barbiturates: Xanax, Valium, Clonazepam
  • Stimulants: Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta

Alternatives to a Prison Sentence

Attorney Thomas Hallock's primary goal is always to obtain a complete dismissal of your charges or a not guilty verdict at trial. If this is not an option, his fallback position is to obtain court supervision or placement in a deferred-prosecution program. Both options give you the opportunity to avoid incarceration and dispose of the charges without a conviction. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to remove the arrest from your criminal record.

Some examples of deferred-prosecution programs include:

  • Drug School: Drug school is a program in Cook County that allows clients charged with simple possession to avoid a conviction. To qualify, the client must have no felony convictions, and no misdemeanor convictions for selling drugs or for a violent crime. The client attends 4 drug-education classes, which take place weekly and are 2.5 hours each. After completing the classes, the client becomes eligible to have his or her case dismissed.
  • 2nd-Chance Probation: 2nd-Chance Probation is for clients charged with non-violent felonies. To qualify, the client must have no felony convictions, no convictions for a violent crime, and no previous placement in a deferred-prosecution program. Treatment for substance abuse is often part of the program. Successful completion of the program allows the client to avoid incarceration and dispose of the felony charge without a conviction.
  • TASC Probation (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities): TASC probation is a program designed to encourage clients to address the causes of their behavior. TASC case-managers prepare individualized plans to help participants overcome their personal challenges and make better choices. Treatment for substance abuse is often a central focus. Under TASC probation, the judge enters a conviction against the client when they enter TASC but vacates the conviction upon successful completion of the program. Acceptance into TASC is often denied, but a skillful defense attorney can improve your chances of being admitted into the program.
  • Drug Court: Drug court is a program for clients charged with non-violent felonies that have addiction issues. Drug court provides clients with counseling, drug screening, and drug treatment. Regular court monitoring helps clients stay on track. Successful completion of the program results in a reduction of the sentence or even a dismissal of the charges. More important, however, is that clients leave the program with the skills needed to live a life free from addiction.

Contact Thomas C. Hallock if you need a skilled and committed prescription drugs defense attorney in Chicago.
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What You Should Do

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