Under Illinois law, the severity of penalties for a person charged with possession of marijuana is based on the amount of the drug on your person at the time of the arrest. Penalties can range from less than one year of state prison time and/or a fine of up to $1,500 or up to 15 years in state prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Beyond this, other forms of punishment may be imposed on a person convicted of marijuana possession including community service, attendance of drug classes, probation, and loss of certain constitutional rights for felony convictions (such as gun ownership, voting rights, and jury duty), among others.
Any of these or other consequences stemming from a drug possession conviction can adversely affect all aspects of a person’s life including employment opportunities, denial of student loans, housing opportunities, security clearance access and other issues. For these reasons, it is important to hire an aggressive and knowledgeable Chicago marijuana possession defense attorney immediately if you or someone you know has been charged with possession of marijuana.
While each case is as unique as the facts that accompany it, there are generally several defenses a person accused of marijuana possession. These include:
If you or someone you know has been charged with possession of marijuana, or any other type of drug possession charge, you should immediately assert your constitutional right to counsel. After that, contact a knowledgeable and aggressive Chicago marijuana possession defense attorney today. The defense of a drug possession charge can be complicated as a conviction can have long-lasting consequences. Attorney Steven Goldman has decades of experience successfully defending clients in criminal cases. To schedule your initial consultation, contact (773) 484-3131 today.