Being in possession of an illegal controlled substance is not a minor offense in the state if Illinois. The penalties, however, are not stagnant and will depend largely on the type of the drug that was found to be in the person’s possession, the amount of the drug and the intention of the person who had the drug. Should it be determined that the person had more drugs on their person than is typically used for personal use, they could be criminally charged with possession with intent – a more serious charge than strict possession. These cases, however, are complex and without the legal assistance of an experienced Chicago drug crime attorney, you can find that it is difficult to get the optimum outcome that you truly deserve.
Understanding Illinois Penalties for Drug Possession
The state of Illinois is extremely severe on cracking down on the convicted who they believe are guilty of possessing illegal substances. Some of the common penalties for drug possession include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Cannabis – If it the amount of the drug is less than 2.5 grams, the penalties will include a $1,500 fine and up to thirty days in jail. If it is from 2.5 grams to 10 grams, the incarceration will be able to six months spent in jail. Should it from 30 to 500 grams, it will be a felony offense with a monetary fine up to $25,000 and/or one to three years of incarceration.
- Heroin, Cocaine and Meth – If the amount of the drug is 15 to 100 grams, it will be considered a felony with a $200,000 monetary fine and from four to fifteen years of incarceration. Should it be over 900 grams, the fine could equal to the street value of the drug.
It is important to realize that the penalties that are associated with a drug crime will vary. It is also important to understand that should paraphernalia be involved or should any sort of different activity (such as distribution or manufacturing) be involved, the penalties will raise exponentially.
Why hire a criminal defense attorney for drug charges?
When you are dealing with a drug-related charge, it is highly encouraged that you do not hesitate to get the involvement of an experienced Chicago criminal lawyer that you can trust. At the Law Offices of Matthew Chivari, they have extensive experience in handling these types of criminal offense and are prepared to go the distance in the efforts to helping their clients protect their legal rights. Should you choose to work with them, you can trust that they will not provide a cookie cutter response. Instead, they will take the time to get to know the nuances of your case so that we can provide a tailored response.
They recognize that success often lies in the details and will do everything possible to look into every aspect of your case. We strongly believe that no case does not have a defense. Regardless of the circumstances, no matter how daunting, you will be able to rest assured knowing that you will have an advocate on your side who will be prepared to go the distance in their efforts to provide you with an aggressive and hard-hitting defense. So don’t wait! Get their legal team involved and let them fight for you. They know what is at stake, you can be confident knowing they’ll go the distance.
Have you been arrested for drug possession? Don’t waste another moment. Contact a Chicago drug attorney from our legal team as soon as possible to learn more about how we can help.