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Law enforcement officials take allegations of crimes involving controlled substances very seriously. The ongoing "war on drugs" has allowed local police departments and federal officials to put extensive resources toward the investigation and prosecution of drug crimes. While charges related to drug possession can be serious, offenses involving the manufacture or distribution of drugs can result in harsher consequences. Anyone who is facing accusations of manufacturing or delivering controlled substances or possession with intent to distribute will need to determine their best options for defending against these charges.

In cases involving allegations of drug distribution or manufacturing controlled substances, it is crucial to seek the assistance of a qualified criminal defense lawyer. At the Law Offices of James F. DiQuattro, our experienced attorney can offer effective representation throughout the entire process, from investigation through trial and beyond. With our knowledge of the state and federal laws related to controlled substances and our experience representing clients who have been charged with these offenses, we can create a winning defense strategy and ensure that your rights are protected at all times.

Criminal Charges Related to the Manufacture and Delivery of Controlled Substances

Illinois law details a number of activities that fall under the categories of drug manufacturing and drug delivery. The manufacture of controlled substances may involve producing, cultivating, compounding, preparing, processing, or otherwise creating illegal drugs or counterfeit or "look-alike" substances. It may also involve packaging, repackaging, or labeling controlled substances. Drug manufacturing charges may apply if a person is found to be in possession of drugs and other items that are used to manufacture, process, or package these substances, such as lab equipment, scales, or plastic baggies.

Drug delivery involves any transfer or possession of controlled substances from one person to another. While a person may be charged with this offense if they are accused of selling drugs to others, they could also face charges related to sharing substances with someone else or giving drugs to a courier or dealer who will provide them to others. A person may also face charges of possession with intent to manufacture or distribute if they are found in possession of large amounts of a controlled substance.

As with other types of drug crimes, the specific penalties for drug delivery, drug manufacturing, or possession with intent will be based on the types of drugs involved in a case and the amount a person had in their possession. Most of the time, these offenses will be charged as Class 1 or Class X felonies. For example, manufacturing or delivery of heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine can be punished as followed:

  • One to 15 grams: Class 1 felony with a jail sentence between four and 15 years
  • 15 to 100 grams: Class X felony with a jail sentence between six and 30 years
  • 100 to 400 grams: Class X felony with a jail sentence between nine and 40 years
  • 400 to 900 grams: Class X felony with a jail sentence between 12 and 50 years
  • Over 900 grams: Class X felony with a jail sentence between 15 and 60 years

Illinois law also contains provisions that specifically address the manufacture or delivery of methamphetamines. Selling or distributing these drugs can range from Class 2 felony charges for less than five grams up to Class X felony charges with a sentence of 15 to 60 years for more than 900 grams. Similar charges will apply for manufacturing methamphetamine, although Class 1 felony charges may apply even for less than 15 grams. Possession or distribution of "precursor" substances, such as cold and flu medicines containing pseudoephedrine, with the intent of manufacturing methamphetamine can also result in serious charges, and they can range from a Class 2 felony for less than 15 grams to a Class X felony with a sentence of 10 to 50 years for more than 500 grams.

Contact Our Chicago Drug Distribution Defense Lawyer

At the Law Offices of James F. DiQuattro, we understand how serious drug charges can be. A conviction can result in years or decades in prison, as well as tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. We are committed to providing clients with a strong defense and helping them protect their rights as they defend against charges of drug distribution or possession with intent to deliver. If you have been arrested and charged with an offense related to manufacturing or distributing controlled substances, do not hesitate to contact our firm today so we can get started on your case as soon as possible. Call 312-627-9482 to arrange a complimentary consultation.

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