Chicago, IL Drug Crime Attorneys
When facing drug crime charges for possession of drugs or related offenses, put our experience and understanding of undercover police investigations and sting operations to work for you. Contact our Chicago, IL drug lawyers at Motta & Motta LLC Today, for a free consultation. We have experience defending against:
- Reverse buys
- Undercover sting operations / controlled buys
- Federal / State joint task force investigations
Drug Crime Sentences
Drug possession and other narcotic or drug crimes can be among the most serious. Many drug crimes have maximum penalties of life imprisonment and many have substantial mandatory minimum prison sentences, even for first-time offenders charged with relatively small amounts of drugs.
Federal and Illinois State drug laws can be very harsh for drug possession of even relatively small amounts of cocaine or heroin, but in particular for possession of small amounts of crack, or cocaine base, as it is also known.
When facing charges for trafficking, possession, sale, delivery or any other drug crimes, it is vital to have an experienced lawyer on your side you can trust to protect your rights. Our number one goal is to fight all drug charges against our clients using our demonstrated, successful, criminal defense strategies. At Motta & Motta LLC, our criminal defense attorneys care about your freedom and your reputation.
Immigration Effects of Drug Charges
Most drug offenses, misdemeanor or felony, are considered aggravated felonies for immigration purposes regardless of sentence. And whether you are a resident, alien, or seeking permanent status, you need an attorney who understands how a charge or conviction will effect your status in the United States.
Many criminal defense attorneys do not know that even if you have been in the United States since you were very young, but you are not yet a citizen, that you can be deported if convicted of an offense which falls within the definition of an aggravated felony for immigration purposes.
An “aggravated felon” is a federal category of criminal aliens. Originally created in the 1988 Anti-Drug Abuse Act, “aggravated felony” originally included murder, rape, any drug trafficking crime, or any illicit trafficking in firearms or destructive devices. Congress expanded the category numerous times over the years, and the 1996 laws expanded it to include more than fifty classes of crime, some of which are neither “aggravated” nor a “felony” by criminal law standards (e.g. misdemeanor shoplifting with a one year sentence).
A person convicted of an “aggravated felony” after 1996 is subject to mandatory detention (no bond) and mandatory deportation (no pardon). To find out if the charges against you may constitute an aggravated felony for immigration purposes immediately contact a criminal defense attorney at Motta & Motta.
More importantly, if your attorney is unfamiliar with the federal statues involving deportability (whether a LPR can be deported) or inadmissibility (whether someone is seeking to adjust their status, is seeking to be admitted to the US, or can be denied admission to the US) you may be at grave risk if you accept a plea. There is a statutory definition of “conviction” for immigration purposes. State law does not determine whether a state disposition will be considered a conviction for immigration law purposes. For example, dispositions involving drug treatment court, deferral of prosecution, expungement, and prayers for judgment continued may be treated as convictions for immigration purposes.
If you have been charged with possession of narcotics, sale or delivery of drugs, a drug trafficking offense or any drug or narcotics crime contact Motta & Motta today and speak with a criminal defense attorney. You may be at risk of ICE initiating deportation proceedings if you are a legal permanent resident, or removability proceedings if you are seeking permanent status. A drug charge, including as a co-conspirator or accomplice, will impact your ability to obtain permanent status if you are not yet a resident.
If you have already received a OSC (Order to Show Cause) or NTA (Notice to Appear) from ICE you should immediately call an immigration attorney.
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