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Chicago Drug Possession Lawyer

Chicago Lawyers for Possession of Drugs

Offenses related to controlled substances are taken very seriously in Illinois. Drug crimes can vary depending on the types and amounts of controlled substances involved in a case. While the most severe charges will apply in cases involving drug distribution or drug trafficking, those who are accused of possessing illegal drugs will often be subject to harsh penalties, including incarceration in prison, fines, mandatory drug treatment, and periods of probation. Anyone facing drug possession charges should seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney and determine the best steps to take to defend themselves.

At the Law Offices of James F. DiQuattro, our knowledgeable drug crimes lawyer can help you understand your rights when you are facing drug charges, and we will work with you to build a strong defense. We can provide comprehensive legal advice on how to respond to law enforcement officials, whether you may be able to receive probation instead of being convicted, and what other defenses may be available. We will make sure you understand how the laws apply in your situation and how you can maximize your chances of success in your case.

Penalties for Drug Possession in Illinois

There are numerous types of controlled substances that are either illegal or are closely regulated by the government. The penalties for possessing illegal drugs or obtaining certain types of controlled substances without receiving a valid prescription can be severe depending on the type and amount of a substance in a person's possession.

Drugs that are classified as Class I controlled substances are usually considered to be extremely dangerous and highly addictive, with no accepted medical uses. Class II drugs are also addictive, but they may have certain medical uses, and they may be prescribed by doctors or other professionals in certain situations. In general, possession of Class I or Class II controlled substances is a Class 1 felony. The sentence that may apply will depend on the amount of a drug a person is accused of possessing. In cases involving large amounts of drugs, a person may be charged with possession with intent to deliver, which will typically result in more severe penalties.

Some examples of the applicable penalties for a drug possession conviction include:

  • Heroin or cocaine:
    • 15 to 100 grams - four to 15 years
    • 100 to 400 grams - six to 30 years
    • 400 to 900 grams - eight to 40 years
    • More than 900 grams - 10 to 50 years
  • Morphine:
    • 15 to 100 grams - four to 15 years
    • 100 to 400 grams - six to 30 years
    • 400 to 900 grams - six to 40 years
    • More than 900 grams - 10 to 50 years
  • LSD:
    • 15 to 100 grams or 15 to 200 doses - four to 15 years
    • 100 to 400 grams or 200 to 600 doses - six to 30 years
    • 400 to 900 grams or 600 to 1,500 doses - eight to 40 years
    • More than 900 grams or more than 1,500 doses - 10 to 50 years
  • Methamphetamine:
    • Less than five grams - Class 3 felony, two to five years
    • Five to 15 grams - Class 2 felony, three to seven years
    • 15 to 100 grams - Class 1 felony, four to 15 years
    • 100 to 400 grams - Class X felony, six to 30 years, maximum fine of $100,000
    • 400 to 900 grams - Class X felony, eight to 40 years, maximum fine of $200,000
    • More than 900 grams - Class X felony, 10 to 50 years, maximum fine of $300,000

For most Class 1 felony charges related to the possession of controlled substances, a person may face a large fine in addition to a prison sentence. This fine may be up to $200,000 or the full street value of the drugs involved in a case, whichever amount is higher. In cases involving possession of small amounts of drugs, such as less than 15 grams of heroin or cocaine, or possession of drugs classified under Schedule III or IV, Class 4 felony charges may apply, and a person may be sentenced to one to three years and fined up to $25,000.

Contact Our Cook County Drug Possession Defense Attorney

No matter what type of drug possession charges you are facing, the experienced criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of James F. DiQuattro can help. We understand the consequences that accompany a conviction for drug possession, and we will work tirelessly to protect your rights. Contact us today by calling 312-627-9482 to set up a free consultation and learn more about how we can assist with your situation.

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