Drug crimes are one of the most common of criminal charges, and the drug laws in Illinois are particularly stringent. While penalties vary depending on the amount and type of drugs, convictions often carry harsh penalties, including lengthy incarceration, substantial fines, and strict probation.
Your freedom and livelihood are at risk if you have been charged with a drug related offense. It is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney quickly. Thomas F. McGuire focuses on defending clients charged with narcotic and drug related crimes. He will use his extensive knowledge and experience to advocate on your behalf for a dismissal, favorable plea bargain,reduced sentence, or not guilty verdict.
It is important to act quickly to protect your rights and launch a legal defense if you are facing drug charges. Contact attorney Thomas F. McGuire at 847.962.7187 to discuss your drug crime defense.
Illinois Drug Offenses and Penalties
Illinois law prohibits the sale, use, possession, manufacture, or transportation of a various drugs such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, and certain prescription drugs. Attorney Thomas F. McGuire represents clients facing a wide variety of misdemeanor and felony, state and federal drug charges.
Illinois drug offenses carry significant penalties, including long prison terms, hefty fines and other lifelong consequences. The following are some of the more common types of drug possession offenses and penalties:
- 15-99 grams of heroin, cocaine, or morphine: Class 1 felony 4-15 years in prison
- 100-399 grams of heroin, cocaine, or morphine: Class 1 felony 6-30 years in prison
- Less than 2.5 grams of marijuana: Class C misdemeanor 30 days in jail and $1,500
- 2.6-10 grams of marijuana: Class B misdemeanor 6 months in jail and $1,500
- 11-30 grams of marijuana: Class A misdemeanor 1 year in jail and $2,500
- 31-500 grams of marijuana: Class 4 felony 1-3 years in prison
- 501-2,000 grams of marijuana: Class 3 felony 2-5 years in prison
- 2,000-5,000 grams of marijuana: Class 2 felony 3-7 years in prison
- More than 5,000 grams of marijuana: Class 1 felony 4-15 years in prison
If you are facing drug charges in Illinois, it is important to act quickly to protect your rights. After the arrest, charging, and bond hearing, a preliminary hearing will determine probable cause. During the preliminary hearing, evidence is presented and witnesses are questioned. It is crucial to have an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney to represent you.