Answering Questions Frequently Asked About Illinois Drug Charges
Few things have the destructive potential of a drug crimes conviction. Whether it is your first offense or you already have a record, a drug conviction can result in harsh criminal penalties and the lifelong consequences that come from having a criminal record.
With so much at stake, you likely have questions. Read on for answers to common questions we receive from prospective clients at Madelyn Daley & Associates. We have been defending against drug charges in Southern Illinois for more than 20 years and dedicate our practice exclusively to criminal defense.
What are the penalties for a drug crime?
The penalties vary wildly depending on whether a charge is a felony or misdemeanor. In general, misdemeanor offenses are punishable by fines and jail time, while felony offenses can result in harsher fines and prison sentences. Federal offenses have the harshest sentences and are often subject to mandatory minimum penalties.
Does the amount of the drug influence the charges and penalties?
Yes. Using drug possession as an example, possessing a higher amount of a drug can result in more severe charges. There are thresholds that, when crossed, will bring felony possession charges instead of misdemeanor possession charges.
Will a drug charge stay on my record?
Drug charges may stay on your record for a period of time, but a drug conviction will potentially follow you around for the rest of your life. Having a drug conviction on your record will make it more difficult to find employment, limit your housing opportunities, and wreak havoc anytime you undergo a criminal background check. The damage of a drug conviction lasts much longer than the criminal sentence itself.
What are the penalties for a methamphetamine conviction?
Our region, like many, is in the ongoing grip of a methamphetamine epidemic, resulting in a high number of methamphetamine-related criminal charges. A conviction for possession as little as 100 grams of meth can result in a $200,000 fine and up to 15 years in prison. These are serious charges that require a serious defense.
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