Drugs & Controlled Substances


With the exception of small amounts of marijuana, almost all drug charges in Illinois are a felony offense. Felony offenses carry prison terms, and convictions can stay on your criminal background forever. The attorneys at the MacNeil Firm appreciate theses life-long consequences, and understand how important your freedom is. We will fight for you.

Many drug arrests are a result of a search of a house, vehicle, or person. Sometime the police have warrants, but frequently do not. The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution states that we should be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Federal and State law enforcement are required to follow rules when it comes to warrantless searches. A search without a warrant usually requires probable cause. An illegal search and seizure may allow the MacNeil Firm to ask the judge to dismiss your case.

If your drug arrest is a result of a search and seizure, that may present the opportunity to challenge the validity and constitutionality of the search in court. The MacNeil Firm will review the evidence in your case, and research the case law to determine the legality of the search and seizure. The MacNeil firm has successfully defended many drug cases by filing certain motions in court; you can see some examples of this on our Courtroom Victories page. These motions are sometimes called motion to suppress evidence, or a motion to quash arrest and suppress evidence. The issue in such motions is not whether the accused actually possessed the drugs, but rather whether law enforcement discovered them in a proper and constitutional way.

Some of the most common drug offenses are:

  • Possession of controlled substances/PCS
  • Possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver
  • Delivery of controlled substances
  • Possession/Delivery within 1000 feet of a school
  • Distribution of a controlled substance
  • Possession of cannabis
  • Delivery of cannabis

Controlled substances are any illegal drug or substance. Some common controlled substances include cocaine, crack, cocaine base, heroin, ecstasy, prescription drugs, pain killers, hydrocodone, methamphetamine, and marijuana.

We serve drug crime clients in Illinois and Indiana states. Our drug crime attorneys are active in Kankakee, Lake, Grundy, Porter, Cook, and Will counties. Our main offices are located in Frankfort and Shorewood, IL.

Donald N. Macneil, Esq.

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