In Illinois, the Controlled Substances Act makes it against the law to knowingly possess anabolic steroids, other than for use on livestock (720 ILCS 570/402). Anabolic steroids are defined as “any drug or hormonal substance, chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone”. This definition also covers counterfeit substances or controlled substance analogs, designed to have the same effect.
As the use of anabolic steroids by professional and amateur athletes has become extremely prominent, and use by everyday fitness enthusiasts has increased, the charges for possession of these substances have become very common. If you or someone you care about has been charged with possession of anabolic steroids, you should seek the guidance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you fight to reduce the charges and keep your record clean.
Penalties for Possession
A first-time conviction for possessing anabolic steroids is considered a Class C misdemeanor, and carries a sentence of 30 days in jail, or a fine of up to $1500, or both.
If you are convicted of a second offense within 2 years of your first conviction, the penalty is more severe. Repeat offenses are considered Class B misdemeanors, and you could face up to 6 months in jail, along with another maximum fine of $1500, or both.
Although penalties for anabolic steroid possession are spelled out by Illinois law, a local attorney’s knowledge of the way that prosecutors and judges might handle your case is indispensable.
Penalties for Selling Certain Dietary Supplements to Minors
Illinois Law also makes it a Class A misdemeanor to sell dietary supplements containing ephedrine or anabolic steroid precursors to persons under 18 years old.
Impact of a Criminal Record
If you are convicted of possession of a controlled substance, it will become part of your criminal record. What a lot of people don’t realize is that being charged with possession, even if you are found not guilty, can also show up on your record. When a prospective employer, landlord, or loan officer runs a background check on you, the information that they find could impact your ability to move ahead with your life.
Get Help from a Chicago Defense Attorney
If you are facing charges for possession of anabolic steroids in Illinois, you need an experienced drug crimes defense lawyer to fight to keep your record clean. Contact Chicago defense attorney Steven Goldman for a consultation on your case today.