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At Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC, our Chicago drug lawyers have skillfully represented clients in federal and state courts around the country. If you have been accused of a serious drug offense in Illinois and you want to assert your right to a trial, then we are the Chicago criminal defense firm you’re looking for. Whatever type of drug charge you face, we are ready to fight for your not-guilty verdict.

Why choose our Chicago drug lawyers?

  • 19+ years’ powerhouse advocacy
  • In National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
  • Named in Illinois Super Lawyer® Rising Stars℠
  • Cases argued before the Illinois Supreme Court, multiple Illinois Appellate Courts, and Deferral Courts nationwide
  • Proven record of not-guilty verdicts and dismissed cases

With a former prosecutor on our team, we have invaluable insights into how to counter the government’s every move. As nationally recognized defenders, we offer the high-caliber advocacy you deserve. Don’t hesitate to discover what your possible defenses are.

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Legal Advocates Ready for Any Challenge

With felony drug crimes, you are facing years in prison, possibly even decades, along with steep fines. You need fierce, battle-ready advocates like the team at Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC if you want to avoid the maximum penalties.

No case is too complex for us. We take on drug cases involving and not limited to:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy / MDMA
  • Heroin
  • LSD
  • Methamphetamine
  • Morphine
  • Peyote

If you are charged with trafficking a controlled substance, this charge is virtually always a Class X felony, just one category short of first-degree murder, rendering you ineligible for probation. When you face serious drug charges that threaten your entire future, you urgently need the powerhouse defense that we offer. Contact Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC today to see what our award-winning Chicago criminal defense lawyers can achieve for you.

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Unlawful Prescription of Opiates

Doctors are obligated to provide medical treatment that will benefit and cure their patients, respect the life of all human beings, and not intentionally harm those under their care. When it comes to liability, physicians are generally given leeway to encourage them to perform healing or life-saving measures. Although doctors are liable for monetary damages when they make mistakes, there has been an increasing number of cases brought against them in criminal court as a result of the opioid crisis.

At Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC, we are committed to helping all doctors, pharmacists, dentists, and other healthcare providers being investigated or charged with unlawful prescribing or dispensing of opiates. Our Chicago defense attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of federal and state law to guide you through the complexities of your case and build an effective defense strategy to protect your rights, reputation, and future.

What Are the Crimes Associated with Unlawful Opiate Prescription?

Due to the widespread abuse of opiates throughout the United States, federal agencies such as the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have heavily targeted medical professionals that prescribe and dispense narcotic medications. When the DEA, for example, investigates a medical practice, clinic or pharmacy, the aim is to obtain evidence of issuing false prescriptions (through forgery or other means), using drug shorting and refill schemes, prescribing more than necessary, falsifying patient records, or even selling fraudulent prescriptions.

Under certain federal statues (i.e. Controlled Substance Act (CSA), False Claims Act (FCA), Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law), federal agencies have the jurisdiction to investigate healthcare providers for prescription drug fraud. Federal penalties for prescription drug fraud involving narcotic medications can include incarceration, costly fines, exorbitant damages, and loss of licensure.

If unlawful prescription resulted in the death of a patient in Illinois, the state could also seek criminal charges. These include charges such as manslaughter, or even murder via drug-induced homicide in some cases.

Ready to Protect Your Reputation & Future Today

With more than 15 years of experience handling complex criminal cases—some argued before the Illinois Supreme Court—we are a group of intelligent and skilled litigators who are ready to up against federal and state prosecutors. We can thoroughly evaluate your case and determine all of your legal options to get the best results available.

Contact us and schedule a case evaluation for more information today.


    People v. IP (2014) Mr. IP was arrested for possession of a large amount of a controlled substance after Chicago police executed a search warrant. Arguing that the information in the search warrant was fabricated, Mr. Pissetzky filed a Motion to Produce Informant. Against the odds, the judge granted the motion and ordered the State to produce the informant. When the State failed to do so, the judge dismissed the case.
  • Dismissed People v. AH
    AH was charged with possessions with intent to distribute a large amount of cocaine. Mr. Pissetzky litigation skills led to the dismissal of all charges against AH.
  • Case Dismissed Motion Granted, Case Dismissed
    People v. RMC – Chicago police officers received information that a 2 kilo cocaine deal was going to happen in a garage. They set up surveillance and saw RMC pull into the garage in car. When he walked out of the garage, the Chicago police officers arrested him. While the officers searched the garage and car, they found 2 kilos of cocaine in the car. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney filed a Motion to Suppress the Arrest and Quash the evidence. After a highly contested hearing, the judge held that the Chicago Police officers violated RMC’s Constitutional rights under the 4th Amendment, and Granted the Motion. The prosecutor had no choice but to dismiss all charges against RMC.
  • Not Guilty on All Counts People v. AB
    AB was charged with child pornography, criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault. Although the State made several offers on the case, Mr.Pissetzky and another attorney demanded trial. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky cross-examined the State’s witnesses and proved that AB did not know that the victim was under 18 years of age. After listening to the evidence, the judge found AB NOT GUILTY on all counts.
  • Sentenced Reduced Heroin Conspiracy
    USA v. DA – 2011 – Mr. DA was charged in one the biggest Heroin busts in Chicago. DA was facing a mandatory life sentence under the Federal Rules because he was a repeat offender. After long negotiations, Mr. Pissetzky was able to demonstrate that DA was not part of the conspiracy and convinced the judge to sentence DA to only 37 months. All other charges were dropped.
  • Not Guilty Not Guilty: possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver
    People v. JB – 2011 – Mr. JB was charged with 3 other co-defendants with possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver. Although the State’s attorney made a very low offer for a plea, Mr. Pissetzky advised JB to proceed to trail. During a bench trial, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that JB did not have any knowledge of the drugs that were recovered from the car of the co-defendant. Although the police testified that they saw the drug transaction, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the judge that the state did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge found JB NOT GUILTY on all charges.
  • Case Dismissed People v. ARP
    ARP was charged with a Class X felony of Possession with Intent to Distribute cocaine . After careful review of the police reports, Mr. Pissetzky filed a motion to quash and suppress evidence. At the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that that the Cook County Sheriff that stopped ARP search ARP’s car illegally. The judge Granted the motion to quash and suppress and the case against ARP was Dismissed.
  • Not Guilty People v. RT
    RT was charged with Possession with intent to deliver half a kilogram of Heroin. RT was facing a Class X Felony. Chicago police officers executed a search warrant at his home where they seized the Heroin. Mr. Pissetzky demonstrated to the judge during cross examination that RT did not have the required knowledge that the Heroin was at the home. The judge found RT Not Guilty.
  • Not Guilty People v. H
    People v. H- H was charged with the first degree murder of 3 people. The prosecutor had two witnesses that claimed they were with H when he committed the murders. After receiving the discovery from the prosecutor, Mr. Pissetzky and his team conducted their own investigation and uncovered that someone else committed the murders. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky cross examined the prosecutions witnesses and exposed their lies. After the prosecution rested their case, Mr. Pissetzky moved the court to dismiss all charges and find H not guilty. The Judge agreed with Mr. Pissetzky and found H Not Guilty of all charges dismissing the case.
  • Reduced Charges People v. VR
    VR was charged with possessing hundreds of child pornography pictures and movies on his computer. VR was facing a minimum sentence of at least 30 years in prison. After receiving the discovery from the prosecutor, Mr. Pissetzky and his team conducted their own investigation into the allegations. With the help of his computer expert, Mr. Pissetzky was able to determine that law enforcement was using a specialized program to search private home computers. Mr. Pissetzky requested that the prosecution produce the program so it could be validated and reviewed for its accuracy. The judge ordered a hearing regarding the program, but the prosecution did not want to reveal its secrets. The prosecutor instead reduced the charges and made VR an offer that he couldn’t refuse.


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