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CHICAGO AREA DRUG CRIMES DEFENSE ATTORNEY

SKILLED DEFENSE AGAINST DRUG CHARGES

PENALTIES FOR DRUG CRIMES

Jail Time: A prison sentence for felony charges can range from one year to 60 years.

Fines: A person can be fined up to $500,000 for manufacturing or delivery of illegal drugs.

Probation: Offenders with no prior convictions may be eligible for probation that will help avoid a conviction.

OTHER CHARGES RELATED TO DRUG CRIMES

DUI – A person can face consequences for driving a vehicle while under the influence of controlled substances or prescription drugs.
Assault – Harming someone else while being in possession of illegal drugs can lead to increased charges.
Parole violations – Parolees may face consequences if they are found to have possessed or used illegal drugs.

COMMON TYPES OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

Frequently Asked Questions

When Is Marijuana Use Legal in Illinois?

When Is Marijuana Use Legal in Illinois?

Adults over the age of 21 can possess up to 30 grams of raw cannabis, up to 5 grams of concentrated cannabis, or cannabis-infused products containing up to 500 mg of THC. Marijuana can only be used on private property, unless use is restricted by a landlord. If marijuana is being transported in a vehicle, it should be kept in a sealed, odorless container.

When Can Drug Crimes Lead to Federal Charges?

When Can Drug Crimes Lead to Federal Charges?

Typically, drug charges may be pursued at the federal level in cases involving very large amounts of controlled substances or drug trafficking that occurs across state lines. Federal drug cases often involve more extensive evidence, including testimony from DEA or FBI agents, and mandatory minimum sentences may apply if a person is convicted.

When Is a Drug Offender Eligible for Probation?

When Is a Drug Offender Eligible for Probation?

A first-time drug offender who has no previous convictions or probation related to drug charges may be eligible for 410 probation. A period of probation will last 24 months, and an offender will be required to submit to drug testing, perform community service, and refrain from any criminal activity, as well as any other requirements imposed by the court. Upon completion of probation, the charges will be dismissed.

What Is Criminal Drug Conspiracy?

What Is Criminal Drug Conspiracy?

If a person agrees with one or more other people to commit a drug crime, they may face additional charges. In “calculated” conspiracies involving 3 or more people and large amounts of drugs, or conspiracies related to street gang activity, an offender may be charged with a Class X felony, and they may face up to 30 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.