There are a variety of drug-related crimes that you can be charged with, including manufacturing, selling, and distributing illegal substances. These tend to be some of the most strictly punished drug crimes in Illinois. However, what some people may not realize is that you can also be charged with simply possessing an illicit substance. Having a drug charge conviction on your criminal record could cause problems in the future, especially when it comes to landing a job or renting an apartment. Drug laws can be complicated, which is why you should seek professional legal help from an Illinois criminal defense attorney if you are facing drug possession charges.
Consequences for Drug Possession Charges
Like nearly every other state, the seriousness of a possession charge in Illinois depends on the type of substance and the amount possessed. The severity of the charge can also be impacted by whether or not you had the intent to distribute the drugs and whether or not you have prior drug-related offenses.
For example, possessing less than 15 grams of cocaine or heroin may result in a Class 4 felony charge. In Illinois, Class 4 felonies carry between one and three years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. If a person possesses more than 15 grams of cocaine or heroin, however, the police may be able to establish that the person had the intention of selling or distributing the drugs. Possession with intent to distribute these substances is charged as a Class 1 felony, which carries a minimum four-year prison sentence and up to $25,000 in fines.
Penalties for Drug Paraphernalia Possession Charges
Many individuals who face drug possession charges also face drug paraphernalia possession charges. However, even if you are not in possession of a substance, you can be charged with paraphernalia possession. Paraphernalia includes items such as syringes, plastic baggies, scales, pipes, and bongs. In Illinois, this is charged as a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in prison and up to $2,500 in fines.
Contact a Rolling Meadows, IL Criminal Defense Lawyer
Being charged with drug possession may be scary, and a conviction can have a permanent impact on your future. If you have been charged with possession of an illegal substance, you should speak with an Arlington Heights drug crimes defense attorney as soon as possible. Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law, has been handling drug possession cases for more than 25 years, and he has the critical thinking skills needed to help you achieve a favorable outcome. To schedule your free consultation, call our office today at 847-253-3400.