Seeking Addiction Treatment for Yourself or a Loved One in Criminal Court


Because of Bruce’s career beginning in the Kane County Public Defender’s Office, as well as being that office’s “drug defense czar,” Bruce is well known for his motion work, in getting cases dismissed or reduced based on violations of constitutional rights. He has also worked hard to defeat intent to deliver cases, and earn not guilties for his clients.

However, treatment / counseling to fight back against drug addiction—is also key and important to Bruce’s practice.

Kane, DuPage, and now DeKalb Counties, each have drug rehabilitation courts attached to treatment providers, supervisors, and dedicated staff even in these hard, economic times. Hopefully Kendall County will soon do the same, although the TASC program is an option there too. These programs are intense, but have an increased measure of success and thus hope.

The line here, of course, is to make sure that you and the laws are respected. You, as the client, have the right to decide what choices to make in your case after learning all the facts and possibilities available, and the attorney must not hide the possibility of a strong motion to suppress evidence or ability to win at trial.

However, fighting a case on legal grounds through a motion to quash and suppress evidence or statements, or a trial, does not mean that you cannot or should not also work hard to fight an addiction. This is because of the fact that, while you case is pending, you will have to obey all rules of your bond, which could include random drug testing, and will always include the rule that you cannot commit a new criminal offense.

If drug addiction has grabbed you, you most likely will NOT survive your bond conditions or any probation you may later receive, and you may likely be back on a new charge after winning your case.

For any parent, sibling, spouse, other relative, or friend, having a loved one suffering from an active addiction to drugs or alcohol is a brutal, often long-term experience. No person should ever hint at or promise you a guaranteed recovery. That, sadly, would be false. But never ever allow yourself to think that there isn’t hope even in these hard economic times.

Now more than ever, our courts recognize the truth about addiction, its relationship to crime, and the sad chances of relapse before addiction recovery is achieved. While a defense attorney must never forget his or her duty to defend the client as the client sees fit, and must fully educate all clients on their rights and options, addiction help through the courts must also be presented thoroughly.

Therefore, while your case is pending, if there is an addiction issue, Bruce will defend your case to the fullest and also guide you toward the opportunity to get help. After all, it does a client no good to pick up a new drug-related case while the current one is pending. Also, should a judge grant the motion to throw out the case, or if the trial is won—then great, that’s what Bruce works for. But if the motion or trial is not won, then Bruce has better prepared you for your sentencing hearing, to show the judge that you took the steps to address an addiction and that you care and are a good candidate for probation rather than prison. It’s a fact, after all, that the best strategy is one that has backup plans, so at all times there is a fight that can be won.

In the end, Bruce appreciates your business. However he would much prefer that you refer new clients in need rather than have you come back on a new case. Of course he’ll help you multiple times if that becomes necessary, but the much preferred goal is your success the first time.

Again – if drug counseling / treatment is the direction you or your loved one chooses, Bruce will take $500 off his legal fee.