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Illinois Drug Possession & Penalties

According to Illinois law, it is illegal for anyone to knowingly possess a controlled substance. The laws cover both actual and constructive possession. Actual possession refers to when law enforcement finds the controlled substance on your person. Constructive possession is defined as having knowledge of and the ability to exercise control over the controlled substance – i.e., the police have located the drugs in your car or home during a search.

The penalties for a drug possession conviction are based on the type and amount of controlled substance involved, sentencing structure for drug possession in Illinois is as follows:

  • Class 1 felony possession – Drugs in this category include, but are not limited to, LSD, morphine, cocaine, heroin, and specified hallucinogenic substances. Punishments include up to $200,000 in fines and an incarceration period between four and 50 years, depending on the amount of the controlled substance.

  • Class 2 felony – punishable by three to seven years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000

  • Class 3 felony – punishable by two to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000

  • Class 4 felony possession – Punishable by one to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000.

  • Misdemeanor possession – Punishable by 30 days to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,500.

Call (309) 322-7772 now to discuss your rights and options during a free consultation.

Sale, Manufacture & Possession with Intent to Deliver

The highest penalties for drug crimes in Illinois come for the manufacturing and sale of controlled substances. Such offenses are charged as Class X felonies, punishable by six to 60 years in prison and a maximum fine of $500,000.

However, even if you were not caught in the actual production or trafficking of the illegal drug, you could be charged with just as serious a crime, known as possession with intent. When quantities of a controlled substance exceed what is considered the amount for personal use, the charges may be elevated to possession with intent to deliver. This is the claim that the defendant knowingly possessed the drug with the intent to sell it. This type of drug offense can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony with punishments ranging from 180 days to 60 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.

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Attorney Frericks strives to get our clients charges dropped. When that is not possible, he has had great success in negotiating for reduced charges and penalties through plea bargains. Chris has a range of defense tactics to employ on your behalf, including lack of knowledge, illegal search and seizure, prescription medication, duress or compulsion, and more.

If you have been accused of a drug crime, whether possession, manufacturing, trafficking, or possession with intent, it’s is crucial to obtain qualified legal support. When you work with a Peoria drug crime defense lawyer at Christopher J. Frericks, Attorney at Law, you can benefit from having an aggressive advocate on your side who is committed to fighting for the best possible outcome. Chris relishes in winning tough cases.

To discover which strategy is right for your situation, contact our Peoria drug crime attorney at (309) 322-7772 now.

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