Articles Posted in Drugs/Narcotics

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As the weather starts to get warmer and the days get longer, drinking become more prevalent.  With that comes a greater police presence thereby increasing the possibility and risk of receiving a DWI (Driving while Intoxicated).  As one should know, you are limited to having a .08 BAC or under while driving.  For many, having a .08 BAC can mean as little as one or two drinks within a couple hour span. Therefore, having the right attorney in your corner could mean the world of difference if charged with a DWI.  As such, you want to have an attorney that can wrestle with many of the recent changes to the BAC testing process, the science behind such testing, and even the impact the standard three field sobriety tests have on the overall guilt equation and/or retention of one’s driving privileges.  These are the reasons why it is even more important to have counsel with the ability to address these issues, the experience to litigate both aspects of the DWI/DUI equation and an understanding of the forum of a particular case.

Attorney John M. Lynch has been successful with felony DWIs, proving his former training in law enforcement to be extremely useful. Attorney John Lynch and Tania Aldaddah routinely handle DWI/DUI offenses in St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln, Warren, Franklin, Jefferson Counties and many counties throughout the State of Illinois. The Law Offices of John M. Lynch, LLC., provides legal services for drivers that have been alleged to have driven under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Law Offices of John M. Lynch, LLC. is the premier defense firm of DWIs. Call us today (314) 726-9999 or take a look at our website at www.lynchlawonline.com.

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What is an analogue or synthetic drug? They are often referred to as “designer drugs,” and are typically found at gas stations and convenience stores. The Controlled Substance Analogue Enforcement Act of 1986 defines analogue drugs as those where the chemical structure of the synthetic drug is substantially similar to that of controlled illicit substances.  Generally, these analogue drugs have similar effects to stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic drugs often experienced with controlled illicit substances that are found in schedule I or II. Bath salts and K2 are just a couple of the most prevalent analogue drugs that you hear about today.

The Analogue Act is a difficult statute to understand, so that is why having the right lawyer is even more important. Recently, the Supreme Court in United States v. McFadden, tackled whether the statute was constitutional. The Supreme Court ultimately found that the Analogue Act was constitutional, however the Court reinforced the “knowledge” requirement in the statute. The Court determined that the knowledge requirement may be met in two ways: (1) by showing that the defendant knew he/she possessed a controlled substance, regardless of whether he/she knew the particular identity of the substance; or (2) the defendant knew the specific analogue or the identity of the substance he possessed, even if he did not know its legal status as an analogue. Even though the Supreme Court clarified some of the issues with the statute, the Analogue Act is still difficult to dissect. Having the right lawyer is crucial in having effective representation.

Therefore, these types of crimes should not be taken lightly as such federal crimes are inherently more complex in nature, involve serious criminal acts and then the possibility of serious penalties. In fact, in these cases, the penalties that one may face can be just as harsh as those related to the possession or distribution of the actual drug. These cases are especially difficult as they tend to be very technical in nature, and may require the expertise of a chemist to analyze the substance molecules.  Due to the complex nature of these cases, a keen understanding of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, applicable statute, as well as access to a host of legal resources all are needed to protect your interests.

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In Missouri there are over 90 municipalities in St. Louis County and many have their own court that handle various traffic and criminal offenses. Missouri and Illinois have very different driver’s license statues and regulations. The ramifications of a traffic and even some criminal convictions in Missouri for an Illinois licensed driver can be significant. For instance, many Illinois licensed drivers do not realize that incurring three traffic convictions within a calendar year can result in a suspension of your Illinois license. If you are under 21, Illinois only allows a driver to incur merely two traffic convictions within a calendar year. This includes any out of state convictions, including Missouri. Illinois’ system is very different from Missouri, wherein a point system is used. This point system can be confusing and misleading to many Illinois licensed drivers.

Not only can traffic convictions cause many issues with your Illinois Driver’s License, there are many criminal charges that can have a significant effect on your license as well. Specifically, alcohol and drug related offenses can result in substantial license suspensions and revocations. For example, a charge of Minor in Possession can result in a possible three month suspension of your Illinois Driver’s License. Accordingly, having the right attorney can make all the difference in your life. Attorney Tania Aldaddah routinely handles a variety traffic, DWI/DUI and drug, minor sex cases, and assault offenses in various municipal courts in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles County, Lincoln, Warren, Franklin, Jefferson and other outlying counties.  In addition, Tania Aldaddah’s experience as a municipal court judge for St. Louis County- South Division gives her great insight into the realm of the municipal courts.

Attorney Tania Aldaddah, who also practices law in Illinois, has been successful with many cases in the municipal courts and cases involving Illinois licensed drivers. The Law Offices of John M. Lynch, LLC., provides legal services for drivers with Illinois and other out of state licenses that have been charged with traffic, alcohol and drug, minor sex cases, and assault offenses. The Law Offices of John M. Lynch, LLC. is the premier defense firm dealing with the municipal courts and Illinois licensed drivers and Missouri offenses. Call us today (314) 726-9999 or take a look at our website at www.lynchlawonline.com.

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Missouri and Illinois have very different driver’s license statues and regulations. The ramifications of a conviction in Missouri for an Illinois licensed driver can be significant. For instance,  with respect to traffic violations, many Illinois licensed drivers do not realize that incurring three traffic convictions within a calendar year can result in a suspension of their Illinois license. If you are under 21, Illinois only allows a driver to incur merely two traffic convictions within a calendar year. This includes any out of state convictions, including Missouri. Illinois’ system is very different from Missouri, wherein a point system is used. This point system can be confusing and misleading to many Illinois licensed drivers.

Not only can traffic convictions cause many issues with your Illinois Driver’s License, there are many criminal charges that can have a significant effect on your license as well. Specifically, alcohol and drug related offenses can result in substantial license suspensions and revocations. Accordingly, having the right attorney can make all the difference in your life. Attorney Tania Aldaddah routinely handles a variety traffic, DWI/DUI and drug offenses in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles County, Lincoln, Warren Franklin, Jefferson and other outlying counties.

Attorney Tania Aldaddah, who also practices law in Illinois, has been successful with many cases involving Illinois licensed drivers. The Law Offices of John M. Lynch, LLC., provides legal services for drivers with Illinois and other out of state licenses that have been charged with traffic, alcohol and drug offenses. The Law Offices of John M. Lynch, LLC. is the premier defense firm dealing with Illinois licensed drivers and Missouri offenses. Call us today (314) 726-9999 or take a look at our website at www.lynchlawonline.com.

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Recently, another law firm referred a complicated federal drug case to my office for review.  This firm did not handle the case initially, but rather elected to do the appropriate thing and forward a referral as this case did not fall within its practice area.  Upon inquiry, it became apparent that I was not the first attorney to handle this particular matter as the client terminated his relationship with prior counsel.  Now at first glance, any federal criminal lawyer worth his or her salt would immediately question the recent termination of counsel as many defendants go lawyer hopping when unhappy.  To my amazement, this was not the case.  The client was simply perplexed by the lack of attention to his/her case and the apparent confusion with building his defense to charges which could result in a 20 year sentence.  All of this brings me to my point- Federal Drug Charges, including Distribution, Conspiracy, RICO, Possession and Manufacturing all require the requisite legal acumen and experience to successfully navigate a daunting Federal system largely skewed in favor of conviction.  Clients deserve a professional, diligent response to federal charges.  Accordingly, it is all the more important that lawyers who do not handle Federal cases refer them out or take the time to study the many differences in Federal law versus State matters.

Federal Criminal Charges should not be taken lightly.  Drug crimes in Federal court are inherently more complex in nature,  involve serious criminal acts and then the possibility of serious  penalties- and all require a keen understanding of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, applicable statute, as well as access to a host of legal resources all designed to protect your interests.  The federal criminal justice system is already daunting enough not to have a thorough understanding of the defined and rigid set of penalties for Federal Drug Crimes and related offenses.  With all of the Government resources, a defendant automatically walks into this arena at a disadvantage.   With federal crimes, it’s important to have a legal team with the resources, experience and level of skill necessary to represent your interests.  Not doing so could mean your life.

The law is typically favors the Government’s position, the evidence is  usually extensive, and the resultant criminal charges, the organized result of months of planning.   That is why having the right representation is critical to the entire process in Federal Court- JOHN M. LYNCH has an unmatched record of success in federal courts all across the country.  If you want successful representation  in federal court, the attorney you choose must be one that is familiar and practices in federal court on a regular basis. The Law Offices of John M. Lynch, LLC. is the prominent defense firm that handles cases in federal court nationwide.

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Understanding the complexities of the myriad Federal Sentencing Guidelines as they relate to federal drug crimes is critical to effective legal representation.  The Guidelines and their corresponding federal drug statutes continue to evolve, thus necessitating a keen understanding on how applied to your federal drug case, including federal conspiracy charges for all types of drugs- heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, and all prescription narcotics.  Accordingly, having the right attorney can make all the difference in your life.  So why not choose a former narcotics investigator with a record of trial success to represent your interests.

Federal Drug Charges should not be taken lightly.  Such federal crimes are inherently more complex in nature,  involve serious criminal acts and then the possibility of serious  penalties- and all require a keen understanding of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, applicable statute, as well as access to a host of legal resources all designed to protect your interests.  The federal criminal justice system is already daunting enough not to have a thorough understanding of the defined and rigid set of penalties for white collar and related offenses.  With all of the Government resources, a defendant automatically walks into this arena at a disadvantage.   With federal crimes, it’s important to have a legal team with the resources, experience and level of skill necessary to represent your interests.  Not doing so could mean your life.

The law is typically favors the Government’s position, the evidence is  usually extensive, and the resultant criminal charges, the organized result of months of planning.   That is why having the right representation is critical to the entire process in Federal Court- JOHN M. LYNCH has an unmatched record of success in federal courts all across the country.  If you want successful representation  in federal court, the attorney you choose must be one that is familiar and practices in federal court on a regular basis. The Law Offices of John M. Lynch, LLC. is the prominent defense firm that handles cases in federal court nationwide.