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Joliet criminal defense attorneysAlthough recreational marijuana was legalized in Illinois as of January 1, 2020, there are still many other drugs that citizens cannot possess or distribute in the state. Under Illinois law, it is unlawful to manufacture, own, sell, or traffic controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines. Drug trafficking is a serious crime in which a person knowingly brings a controlled substance for the purpose of delivery or with the intent to deliver it elsewhere. 

Offenders are subject to serious criminal consequences, including prison and steep fines. These penalties are often doubled compared to drug possession charges. However, to be convicted of drug trafficking, the prosecution must prove the defendant knew he or she was bringing the controlled substance across state lines in addition to the ultimate goal of its delivery within or outside of the state. 

Punishments for Selling Drugs

Per the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, drug trafficking can carry a range of felony charges, from a Class 3 to a Class X. A convicted drug trafficker could be sentenced to serve a maximum sentence of 30 to 120 years in prison, or twice the maximum term applicable for a possession conviction. People found guilty of trafficking may be required to pay a fine of $75,000 up to $1 million, which is twice the amount of a maximum fine for a Class X controlled-substance possession-related felony.

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Joliet criminal defense attorneyThe state of Illinois recently passed a bill legalizing recreational marijuana use starting in 2020. However, there are still restrictions on amounts a person can have, as well as where you can buy it. There are also many other illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and more that remain illegal in Illinois.

Drug charges are taken seriously in the state of Illinois. The Illinois Controlled Substances Act criminalizes the intentional possession, manufacture, and delivery of specific controlled substances. The severity of punishment for drug charges depends on three factors: the type of drug, the quantity, and the type of crime. It is important to know the difference between possession and the distribution of drugs in case you are facing charges for either of these crimes.

Drug Possession

Possession means that a person has a controlled substance under his or her control, which can be in the individual’s car, home, or on his or her body/clothing. In order to convict someone for drug possession, prosecutors must prove all of the following beyond a reasonable doubt:

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Will County drug crimes defense lawyerA conviction on drug charges can have a lasting impact on your life, even for simple possession. A criminal record can limit your occupational opportunities, affect your eligibility for financial loans, and result in changes to child custody. If you face a drug charge in Illinois, it is imperative to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can protect your rights and your future.

Illinois Drug Charges

Like every state, the penalties for drug crimes depend on the substance and the amount seized by police.  Charges will also differ depending on whether you were only in possession of drugs or if you had the intent to distribute. Charges will also increase for repeat offenders and if other factors are involved, including the sale of drugs on school property.

Medical marijuana is legal in Illinois, but possession and distribution of recreational cannabis remains illegal. While possession of 10 grams or less is a civil violation with a fine of no more than $200, penalties increase significantly for larger amounts. Possession of anything more than 30 grams is a felony, and a conviction will carry a mandatory minimum sentence of prison time and fines up to $25,000.

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