On Aug. 19, Illinois authorities announced that a Woodstock man recently pleaded guilty to drug possession charges. A judge sentenced him to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections as part of a plea agreement.
According to a press release, in early 2018, deputies from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department pulled over the 36-year-old defendant for a traffic violation. During the stop, they searched his vehicle and reportedly found 91.4 grams of cocaine, drug scales, cellphones and $4,500 in cash. As a result of the discovery, police came that the man admitted that he was involved in the illegal purchase and sale of cocaine.
Deputies executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home on March 21, 2018, and reportedly uncovered an additional 191.2 grams of cocaine and $1,675 in cash. He was arrested and later pleaded guilty to felony possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance. The case was prosecuted by members of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Defendants who have been arrested on drug possession or drug distribution charges might assume that they have little hope of fighting the accusations. However, that is not necessarily true. A criminal defense attorney may scrutinize the prosecution’s evidence and develop a defense strategy based on the circumstances surrounding the case. For example, some cases might get dismissed because legal counsel discovers that law enforcement officers failed to follow proper procedure during search and seizure. Other cases could fall apart because the evidence or witness testimony is weak. However, even in cases where the evidence appears solid, the attorney may be able to negotiate a plea deal that reduces the charges and penalties. For instance, some defendants might be allowed to complete a drug diversion program or community service instead of going to jail.