Last week, a Lake County jury concluded that a defendant was guilty of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and guilty of possession with intent to deliver cannabis.
A verdict like this can be difficult to accept, especially since drug charges can result in harsh penalties in Illinois. However, it is important that defendants control their reactions in court. After hearing that a jury had found him guilty of drug charges last week, the defendant became angry and attacked an officer. Now the 35-year-old man is facing additional criminal charges, including a felony charge.
Not only could this attack have an effect on the outcome of his sentencing for the drug crimes, but the attack could now result in additional penalties. According to reports, the defendant attacked a deputy after hearing the jury’s verdict. Other deputies in the courtroom had to use a Taser to subdue the defendant.
After the incident, the defendant was charged with a felony count of failure to return from a furlough and three counts of aggravated battery to an officer.
When facing drug charges, folks may benefit from working with an attorney who is familiar with the criminal process and procedures relating to drug crimes. In some cases, an attorney may be able to get one’s charges reduced or dropped by exploiting law enforcement authorities’ mistakes or weaknesses in prosecutors’ cases.
An attorney will also be able to provide guidance on how to best conduct oneself in a courtroom and during other legal proceedings. When it comes to facing criminal charges, defendants will want to avoid making any type of mistake that could result in further criminal charges or other legal penalties.
Source: 89 WLS, “Man convicted of drug charge tries to escape courtroom,” Dec. 3, 2012
- Our Waukegan firm provides counsel to those who are facing criminal charges, including drug and felony charges. To learn more about our firm and practice, please visit our Lake County criminal defense attorney page.