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Have you been charged with a drug-related crime in Illinois?

There are many different types of Drug-related offenses and each type of offense carries varying consequences and penalties. If you are convicted of a drug-related offense, you may be subject to the following:

  1. Felony or Misdemeanor Conviction
  2. Incarceration in the Illinois Department of Corrections or County Jail
  3. Probation or Conditional Discharge
  4. Fines, Fees and Court Costs
  5. Mandatory Drug Counseling
  6. Community Service

Depending on the facts and circumstances of your particular case, a court may double the fine and the sentence. Further, if you are not a citizen of the United States, you can be deported if you receive a conviction for a drug-related offense.

If you are charged with a drug-related offense, it is very important that you hire a skilled Criminal Defense Attorney who understands the nature of your offense and to provide you with a plan to protect your freedom and your reputation.

I have nearly ten years of experience in handling drug related offenses, both as a former Prosecutor and as a Criminal Defense Attorney. I understand the nuances of Illinois Drug Laws and the criminal justice system. You need a Criminal Defense Attorney that will prioritize your goals and is driven by performance and results. I have successfully defended hundreds of individuals charged with various drug-related offenses and I'd like to use my knowledge and experience to bring a successful outcome in your criminal case.

I can provide you with the legal representation you need for the following types of drug related offenses:

  • Unlawful Possession of Cannabis
  • Unlawful Production of Cannabis
  • Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with the intent to distribute
  • Unlawful Delivery of Cannabis
  • Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances
  • Unlawful Manufacture or Sale of Controlled Substances
  • Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances with the intent to distribute
  • Unlawful Delivery of Controlled Substances
  • Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Forgery of Drug Prescriptions

Illinois Penalties for Drug-Related Crimes

Penalties for Drug-Related offenses usually depend on the type of drug you have in your possession and the amount/weight of that drug. Illinois laws have classified different types of drugs in what is called a "Schedule of Controlled Substances." These schedules contain classifications for drugs like cocaine or heroin, but also provide classifications for prescription drugs. Cannabis, is not considered a "Controlled Substance" and has its own separate classification under the "Cannabis Control Act." Further, there are severe penalties for the distribution of drugs or cannabis, or the possession with the intent to distribute.

Here is a brief description of the types of penalties for the various drug-related offenses:

Unlawful Possession of Cannabis

  1. Possession of less than 2.5 grams of Cannabis, is normally charged as a Class C Misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a $1,500.00 Fine and/or 30 Days in Jail.
  2. Possession of between 2.5 and 10 grams of Cannabis, is normally charged as a Class B Misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a $1,500.00 Fine and/or 180 Days in Jail.
  3. Possession of between 10 and 30 grams of Cannabis, is normally charged as a Class A Misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a $2,500.00 Fine and/or 364 Days in Jail.
  4. Possession of between 500 and 2000 grams of Cannabis, is normally charged as a Class 3 Felony, which is punishable by up to a $25,000.00 Fine and/or 2 – 5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  5. Possession of between 2000 and 5000 grams of Cannabis, is normally charged as a Class 2 Felony, which is punishable by up to a $25,000.00 Fine and/or 3 – 7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  6. Possession of over 5000 grams of Cannabis, is normally charged as a Class 1 Felony, which is punishable by up to a $25,000.00 Fine and/or 4 – 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Cocaine, Morphine, Methamphetamine, or LSD.

  1. Possession of any amount of these controlled substances, is normally charged as a Class 4 Felony, which is punishable by up to a $25,000.00 Fine and and/or 1 – 3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  2. Possession of between 15 and 100 grams of these controlled substances, is normally charged as a Class 1 Felony, which is punishable by up to a $200,000.00 Fine and and/or 4 – 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  3. Possession of between 100 and 400 grams of these controlled substances, is normally charged as a Class 1 Felony, which is punishable by up to a $200,000.00 Fine and and/or 6 – 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  4. Possession of between 400 and 900 grams of these controlled substances, is normally charged as a Class 1 Felony, which is punishable by up to a $200,000.00 Fine and and/or 8 – 40 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  5. Possession of more than 900 grams of these controlled substances, is normally charged as a Class 1 Felony, which is punishable by up to a $200,000.00 Fine and and/or 10 – 50 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Penalties for the Unlawful Sale, Manufacture, or Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cannabis are as follows:

  1. Less than 2.5 grams, is normally charged as a Class B Misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a $1,500.00 Fine and/or 180 Days in Jail.
  2. Between 2.5 grams and 10 grams, is normally charged as a Class A Misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a $2,500.00 Fine and/or 364 Days in Jail.
  3. Between 10 grams and 30 grams, is normally charged as a Class 4 Felony, which is punishable by up to a $25,000.00 Fine and/or 1 – 3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  4. Between 30 grams and 500 grams, is normally charged as a Class 3 Felony, which is punishable by up to a $55,000.00 Fine and/or 2 – 5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  5. Between 500 grams and 2000 grams, is normally charged as a Class 2 Felony, which is punishable by up to a $100,000.00 Fine and/or 3 – 7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  6. Between 2000 grams and 5000 grams, is normally charged as a Class 1 Felony, which is punishable by up to a $150,000.00 Fine and/or 4 – 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  7. More than 5000 grams, is normally charged as a Class X Felony, which is punishable by up to a $200,000.00 Fine and/or 6 – 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Penalties for the Unlawful Sale, Manufacture, or Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Heroin, Morphine and Methamphetamine are as follows:

  1. Between 1 and 15 grams, is normally charged as a Class 1 Felony, which is punishable by up to a $250,000.00 Fine and/or 4 – 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  2. Between 15 and 100 grams, is normally charged as a Class X Felony, which is punishable by up to a $500,000.00 Fine and/or 6 – 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  3. Between 100 and 400 grams, is normally charged as a Class X Felony, which is punishable by up to a $500,000.00 Fine and/or 9 – 40 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  4. Between 400 and 900 grams, is normally charged as a Class X Felony, which is punishable by up to a $500,000.00 Fine and/or 12 – 50 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  5. Between 400 and 900 grams, is normally charged as a Class X Felony, which is punishable by up to a $500,000.00 Fine and/or 12 – 50 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  6. Over 900 grams, is normally charged as a Class X Felony, which is punishable by up to a $500,000.00 Fine and/or 15 – 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
  1. Use of firearm during commission of offense: 15 years added to sentence imposed
  2. Discharge of firearm during commission of offense: 20 years added to sentence imposed
  3. Discharge of firearm causing death or injury: 25 years or up to natural life added to sentence imposed
  • IF POSSESSION OR SALE OF ANY DRUG IS WITHIN 1,500 FEET OF A SCHOOL, CHURCH, PUBLIC PARK, OR MOVIE THEATER, COURT MAY DOUBLE THE FINE AND THE SENTENCE.
  • IF A FIREARM IS IN POSSESSION AT THE TIME OF A DRUG ARREST, AT CONVICTION COURT MAY DOUBLE THE FINE AND THE SENTENCE.

Contact a Drug-Related Crimes Defense Attorney Today!

Drug Related Offenses are considered very serious criminal offense, with equally severe penalties upon conviction. The public policy behind the harsh sentences for drug-related offenses is to prohibit the use of illicit drugs. A conviction for a drug-related offense can also carry with it very serious consequences, and can irreparably damage your reputation and employment opportunities. I can provide you with advice on how to address your pending drug-related case and can provide you with a plan to protect your freedom and your future. I understand the value of your freedom and the importance of your reputation and I will use my knowledge and experience to secure the best possible results in your case.

To contact a Drug-Related Crimes Defense Attorney at the Law Offices of David Lee, Please call:

(630) 901-8700

The Law Offices of David Lee is available in Kane, Kendall, Dupage and Dekalb Counties

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