First Offender Probation
Experienced DuPage County First Offender Probation Attorneys
Experimenting with drugs can get you in serious trouble with the law even if you have never been in trouble with the law before. Depending on the type of drug involved, you could be facing a felony charge punishable by up to 3 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. It is possible to avoid jail time and a permanent mark on your criminal record, however, with first offender probation. At Ramsell & Kunowski, L.L.C., we help individuals who are facing their first drug arrest avoid the harshest consequences of a drug charge. We understand that people make mistakes, and we want to make sure that you don’t have to pay for it for the rest of your life.
Benefits of First Offender Probation in Illinois
First offender probation was conceived to give drug offenders the opportunity at a second chance. If you have never been charged with a drug crime before, you may qualify for a special probation (410 or 710) that carries significant benefits. With first offender probation you can avoid all jail time provided you do not violate your probation. Successfully completely your probation can also allow you to avoid a conviction on your record, something that is not typically possible with a felony charge. Additionally, your arrest may be eligible for expungement after a five-year waiting period.
First offender probation is not a get out of jail free card, however. You must satisfy a number of conditions in order to take advantage of this opportunity, The conditions of the probation can vary but typically include regular drug testing, drug counseling, getting or keeping a job, and paying all assessed fines and court costs.
If you are facing drug charges for the first time, first offender probation may be the best way to resolve your charges without negatively impacting your future. Our attorneys will explain how this program works, if you are eligible and what you need to do to succeed. We work with clients in DuPage County and throughout the Chicagoland area. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.