Illinois’s changing culture has led many to the mistaken belief that narcotic offenses are now not a big deal. The truth of the matter is that drugs, including marijuana, remain illegal in the state of Illinois and one will still be prosecuted for such offenses. If you are charged with a drug-related offense then it is important to understand that you may have more options than you realize. Retaining an experienced drug defense law firm may result in a reduction, if not the dismissal of all charges & total freedom.
It is important that you understand what kind of penalties you are facing when charged with a drug crime. Drug offenses widely vary in severity, but even a misdemeanor conviction can carry long term consequences. You will need help defending yourself from these charges. At the PGO Law Firm in Frankfort, IL., we have the experience to fight vigorously for your defense against your drug charges.
Illinois’s Constrolled Substance Classifications
The penalties you may face will vary depending on the type and amount of drugs found in your possession. The DEA classifies illegal controlled substances and large amounts of over-the-counter medications that an individual may use with intent to sell by the schedules system. Each drug is placed into a schedule depending on the potential for abuse and long term dependence or capacity for inducing psychologically altering states. The schedules are a scale, with Schedule I representing the highest risk of dependency and Schedule V having the lowest.
Penalties For Illegal Sale of Controlled Substances in Illinois
Varying degrees of penalties are assigned to the sale and distribution of highly illegal chemicals and drugs such as heroin, cannabis, methamphetamines, as well as specific over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs. You might be charged with a potential drug sale crime if you were arrested for selling prescription drugs and possessing fraudulent or illegal prescription notes. You may also be charged with intent to sell if you have above normal amounts of over-the-counter medications, such as pain medications or cough syrups, which contain ingredients that can be used to manufacture other illegal drugs (meth).
Drug Possession Defense – Cook & Will County
In the event that you or a loved one was arrested on suspicion of drug possession, you need to immediately work to protect your rights and freedoms. The PGO Law firm has the experience in assisting our clients and helping them achieve the outcomes they desire. With our help, you may be able to have your drug possession charges be greatly reduced or dropped altogether.
Types of Drug Charges in Illinois
You can be charged with a drug offense for possessing, manufacturing, or selling illicit substances. You can even be charged just for owning drug paraphernalia, such as beakers and scales. All of these charges are serious and handled differently by prosecutors. You could be charged with the following drug crimes:
Drug Possession – This offense applies to anyone who is in possession of illicit substances. The severity of the charge depends on the amount held and the type of substance.
Drug Trafficking – This is the crime of transporting illegal substances into the state for the purposes of manufacturing and/or selling drugs. The severity of the charges will depend on the amount and type of drug involved.
Drug Manufacturing – Creating illegal drugs is a very serious charge. There are 5 “schedules” of drugs, with schedule 1 being the most serious and 5 being the least. Individuals charged with manufacturing schedule 1 drugs face the most severe penalties.
Drug Distribution – Selling or distributing drugs is something law enforcement takes very seriously. Proving someone is distributing drugs rather than just possessing them usually requires eye-witness testimony.
There is much you will need to discuss with your attorney after being arrested for one of the above crimes. No matter how bad the situation may seem there is more to your case that we can help uncover & assist. Even if a complete dismissal of charges is not possible, reducing the charges can often be accomplished. If you have been charged with drug possession or distribution, then call PGO Law Firm today for a free consultation.