In Illinois, the Controlled Substances Act makes it against the law to knowingly manufacture or deliver drugs, or to possess them with intent to manufacture or distribute (720 ILCS 570/402). Illinois makes use of a schedule system to classify drugs, parallel to that used by the federal government. Schedule I drugs are those that have no accepted medical use, while schedule II, III, IV, and V can be prescribed by doctors. However, possession of a prescription drug is still considered a crime, if you do not have a valid prescription. Counterfeit substances or controlled substance analogs, designed to have the same effects, are also covered by the law.
If you or someone you care about has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, you should seek the guidance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Penalties for distributing, manufacturing, or possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances are generally twice as harsh as those for simple possession. Convictions involving common drugs (including heroin, cocaine, morphine, and LSD) carry the following punishments, depending on the alleged amount:
For small amounts of LSD, the penalties are slightly more lenient:
For distribution of 15 grams or more of these drugs, the penalties are the following:
Because of the extremely severe nature of these potential penalties, the advice of alocal criminal defense lawyer with knowledge of the way that prosecutors and judges might
handle your case is invaluable.
Often, people charged with drug possession will also find themselves charged with paraphernalia possession. Under the IllinoisDrug Paraphernalia Control Act, the definition of drug paraphernalia includes all equipment and materials intended to be used in producing, preparing, testing, packaging, and storing controlled substances (720 ILCS 600/3.5). Paraphernalia possession is considered a Class A misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to one year of jail time, a fine of up to $2500, or both.
If you are facing drug distribution charges in Illinois, you need an experienced drug crimes defense attorney to advocate for you. Contact Chicago defense attorney Steven Goldman for a consultation today.