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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?

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  • 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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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 drug crime 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.

When Does Drug Dealing Becomes Federal Drug Trafficking?

It is a drug crime to sell, distribute, or otherwise handle any illegal narcotic, or to use a legal drug in any way deemed illegal. However, there are circumstances that can elevate a drug crime from a state-level issue to a federal crime. In particular, at a certain point, most drug crimes can constitute the federal crime of drug trafficking if requirements are fulfilled.

Creating, moving, selling, or handling drugs can be drug trafficking depending on these factors:

  • Amount, weight, or measurements: The primary factor law enforcement agents – specifically Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents – will consider when determining if a suspect can be charged with the federal crime of drug trafficking is how much of a drug is found in a person’s possession. If a suspect has drugs in amounts well beyond what an individual would need for individual use, it may trigger federal charges.
  • Potential value: The DEA and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) tries to keep on top of the average sale price of a certain amount of each type of common “street level” drug. A suspect found to have enough of a substance that could potentially fetch a high price if sold may be labeled a drug trafficker.
  • Presentation or storage: Drug trafficking is generally considered a more professional form of drug distribution. Investigators tend to look for signs of thoughtful presentation or careful storage of narcotics to determine if it is linked to a drug trafficking ring.
  • Affiliations: A person’s known affiliations and accomplices can also escalate a drug crime to a federal drug crime. For example, if the son of a known criminal boss is arrested with cocaine in his possession, it might be assumed he was participating in drug trafficking to some degree.
  • State lines: A drug crime or a string of drug crimes that take place in more than one state will generally be considered federal drug trafficking, no matter how small in scale the crime. This is true of most crimes as well.

Talk to a Drug Crime Attorney Today

Criminal penalties related to a drug crime conviction will be severe. Imprisonment can range from a year to a life sentence. Fines usually start in the several thousands of dollars but could reach millions depending on the scale of the narcotics seized. A person must act quickly in order to protect their name and future freedoms from destruction at the unforgiving hands of the law.

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  online or at (312) 883-9466 today to schedule a case evaluation for more information.


    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    People v. AMM - Mr. AMM was charged with trafficking over 100lb of marijuana. Officers can to a home he was renting and after entering and searching the home, they seized over 100lb of marijuana. Mr. Pissetzky filed a motion to suppress evidence arguing that the officers entered the home without a warrant or consent. After a hearing in which Mr. Pissetzky impeached the testifying officer and exposed his lies, the Judge granted the motion and the case was dismissed.

  • 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.
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    FR was charged with predatory criminal assault, and 4 counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. During a week long jury trial, Mr. Pissetzky exposed the alleged minor “victim” as a liar. In addition, Mr. Pissetzky call witnesses to testify to the true nature of the “victim”. After grueling cross-examinations, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty on all charges.
  • 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.


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