Drugs Crimes

Kankakee Drug Crime Defense Attorney

The “War on Drugs” has resulted in stiff penalties for persons convicted of a drug offense. In Illinois, many types of drug crimes require mandatory prison time; in federal court, imprisonment is all but a certainty. Even first offenders can find themselves subjected to jail sentences, long terms of probation, court-ordered treatment and random testing.

If you have been charged with a drug crime or are facing investigation for one at the state or federal level, you should consult a lawyer as soon as possible. Early decisions, such as whether or not to speak with police or to consent to a search, can have lasting consequences in your case. Mandatory sentences for major drug-trafficking cases can rival those for violent offenses, even if you have no criminal history. If you are the target of a drug investigation, you need representation now.

Dedicated Advocacy

Brian Hiatt, a drug crime defense lawyer in Bourbonnais, skillfully represents clients in both state and federal courts. He appreciates what is at stake in these cases: your rights, liberties and reputation. His 15 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer will allow you to rest assured that your case is in sound hands.

Call the law office of Brian Hiatt at 815-304-5441 or contact him online to discuss your case during a free consultation.

Broad Experience In State And Federal Court

Mr. Hiatt handles all types of state and federal drug charges such as:

  • Possession
  • Possession with intent to sell or deliver
  • Delivery
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Sale to minors
  • Conspiracy
  • Racketeering (criminal enterprise)
  • Prescription drug possession

For many of these charges, the severity of the offense and potential sentence depends on the type and amount of substance and whether it was delivered or possessed with intent to deliver. 

Your criminal record also impacts the potential sentence. Mr. Hiatt can analyze the particular circumstances of your case to provide you with a clear picture of what to expect. He regularly handles cases involving all types of illegal substances, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamines
  • Ecstasy
  • Oxycodone/OxyContin
  • Adderall
  • Vicodin
  • Morphine

Exploring All Options To Challenge The Charges

Unlike other criminal cases, drug cases rarely involve factual questions regarding whether you possessed an illegal substance. More often, the foremost issue is whether illegal conduct by police resulted in a violation of constitutional rights. Did police have a lawful reason for a traffic stop that resulted in the discovery of illegal drugs? Did they have the right to order you out of the vehicle and pat you down? Did they have a valid warrant for searching your home? Did they rely on a confidential informant of questionable trustworthiness in obtaining the warrant?

Drug cases often succeed or fail based on the answers to these questions. As he represents you, attorney Hiatt will quickly recognize these issues as well as other weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.

Charged With Meth Manufacturing Or Other Drug Offenses?

Call Brian G. Hiatt today at 815-304-5441 toll free to arrange a free consultation. Evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.