Possession of a controlled substance is a crime in Illinois and the severity of the crime will depend on a number of factors. Possession of cocaine is classified as a Class 1 Felony in Illinois and can result in anywhere from four to 50 years in prison and up to $200,000 in fines, depending on the quantity of drugs in your possession.
Reality star June Shannon, known as “Mama June,” from the TV series, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” was recently arrested with her boyfriend for drug possession. According to authorities, police officers responded to a gas station, where Shannon claimed she was verbally attacked by her boyfriend, Eugene “Geno” Doak, who apparently threatened to kill Shannon and had intent to act on the threat. Shannon was listed as the victim in a domestic violence case report against Doak. Doak is now facing misdemeanor charges for third-degree domestic violence.
As officers continued to investigate, they discovered that Shannon and Doak had crack cocaine and a crack pipe in their possession. Shannon and Doak were charged with misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and felony drug possession.
Felony drug possession charges and other drug crimes are considered serious in every state, but there are defenses you can use to reduce your sentence and even get your charges dropped. A criminal defense attorney can determine what defenses can be used to protect your rights in court. In some cases, your attorney may advise settling your case to avoid a stressful trial where the jury will decide your fate. No two cases are the same, so it can be beneficial to have an attorney review the specifics of your case and advise you on what to do next.