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Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyers for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Chicago Drug Paraphernalia Defense Attorneys

Defense Attorneys Taking Cases at 26th and California, Richard J. Daley Center, and All Chicago Area Courthouses

Did you know that you could face drug-related criminal charges without having illegal drugs in your possession? According to Illinois law, the possession of drug paraphernalia is a crime, regardless of the presence of marijuana, cocaine, or other illegal substances. At Luisi Legal Group, we understand the seriousness of any drug-related charge and the impact it can have on your life and future opportunities. If you or a family member has been accused of possessing drug paraphernalia, we are ready and willing to provide the responsible, cost-effective representation you deserve.

Illinois Laws Regarding Drug Paraphernalia

The Drug Paraphernalia Control Act (720 ILCS 600) defines drug paraphernalia as any equipment or materials —other than methamphetamine manufacturing materials which are also illegal but covered under a separate statute—intended to be used in the illegal production, processing, packaging, hiding, storing, testing, or use of drugs. The law specifically identifies certain items as drug paraphernalia including:

  • Water pipes or bongs;
  • Carburetion tubes;
  • Carburetor, electric, air-driven, or ice pipes;
  • Syringes;
  • Cocaine spoons and vials; and
  • Materials for diluting or cutting marijuana or other drugs.

In addition, the law also clarifies that the statutory list is not all-inclusive and that any other item that can be customarily used for illegal purposes. This means that scales, small plastic bags, and related items may be considered drug paraphernalia in certain cases.

Drug Paraphernalia Defense in Chicago

Possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor, with a minimum fine of $750 and possible penalties including up to one year in prison. Depending on the circumstances, felony charges are also possible. The experienced defense lawyers at Luisi Legal Group realize that, in order for you to be convicted of the possession of drug paraphernalia, prosecutors must prove that you intended to use the item in preparing or ingesting an illicit substance. Proving intent can be extremely difficult, especially if you were not found to be in possession of marijuana or other drugs.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed when you are facing drug-related charges, but our law firm is here to help. For more than 15 years, we have worked with many clients through similar situations, amassing an impressive history of courtroom victories and other favorable outcomes. We will investigate the details of your case and your arrest to find any and all details that could be used in your defense. If the evidence against you was seized in a search that violated your Fourth Amendment rights, we will fight to get your charges dismissed completely. Our lawyers not only handle cases like yours, but our lawyers win cases like yours.

Speak With an Experienced Attorney

When you have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, you need a lawyer dedicated to protecting your future. Contact our office to schedule your free, confidential consultation. We will meet with you to discuss your case and help you understand your available legal options. Call 773-276-5541 today. Luisi Legal Group is proud to serve clients in and around Chicago, Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Humboldt Park, Wicker Park, and throughout Cook County. We also represent those who have cases at the 26th and California Courthouse, Maywood Courthouse, Skokie Court, Bridgeview Courthouse, Markham Court, and Richard J. Daley Center. Hablamos Español.

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