Drug Crimes

We wrote the chapters on Defenses, Arrests and Investigatory Stops, and Search and Seizure!

We wrote the chapters on Defenses, Arrests and Investigatory Stops, and Search and Seizure!

The most common types of drug offenses in Illinois are the following:

1) Drug Possession: Illinois law bars you from knowingly possessing a controlled substance. The degree of the charges and the punishment depend on the type of drug and the amount. (720 Illinois Compiled Statutes 570/402). See our related blog post at It’s Just for Me: The Crime of Possession of a Controlled Substance in Illinois.

2) Drug Dealing: Illinois law bars you from knowingly manufacturing, delivering or possessing with intent to deliver a controlled substance. The severity of the charges and the punishment also depend on the type of drug and the amount. (720 ILCS 570/401.) These penalties are a step up from a charge of simple possession. See our related post at Just a Little Cocaine: The Crime of Drug Dealing in Illinois.

3) Criminal Drug Conspiracy: If you deal, manufacture or possess drugs as part of a plan undertaken with two or more other people and you receive something of value, you can be charged with a Class X felony. (720 ILCS 570/405.)

4) Special Drug Offenses: Your sentence can be increased, even doubled, if you sell to the wrong person such as a minor or pregnant woman, involve a minor in your dealing or sell in the wrong place such as on school or church grounds or near a rest area. (720 ILCS 750/407, 720 ILCS750/408.) See our related blog post at: From Bad to Worse: Aggravating Factors for Drug Dealing Crimes in Illinois.

5) Marijuana Possession or Dealing: Despite changing medical marijuana law, it is still a crime to possess, manufacture or deliver marijuana in Illinois. Penalties range from a Class C Misdemeanor for possessing less than 2.5 grams all the way up to a Class X felony for possessing with intent to deliver more than 5,000 grams. (720 ILCS 550).

If you have been arrested for possessing a controlled substance or dealing or manufacturing drugs in Illinois, it is critical that you contact an attorney immediately. Among other issues, I can examine whether the arresting officer had probable cause to stop you before the drugs were found. In some cases, there may be a question regarding who really had possession or control of the drugs. Perhaps you were a passenger in a car that was stopped when narcotics were found. The police may not be able to prove that you had control of the car and knew about the drugs.

With proper representation, many cases can be thrown out of court. Only an experienced attorney can help determine your chances of winning an outright dismissal.

But even if the evidence against you is overwhelming, I may still be able to help you. An experienced, respected attorney can often negotiate a better plea agreement than you could on your own. I can help present your situation to the Court in its most favorable light.

No attorney can legitimately guarantee you an outcome, and neither can I. We simply do not control the judge or the facts. But I can guarantee that I will work hard to obtain the best possible outcome for your particular case.
©2014 Matt Keenan. This website is designed for general information only. The information presented at this website should not be construed as formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.

©2014 Matt Keenan. This website is designed for general information only. The information presented at this website should not be construed as formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.