If you are accused of committing a drug-related crime, you could face criminal charges in the state of Illinois. Minor drug crimes, such as possessing a small quantity of marijuana, will generally result in misdemeanor charges. However, more serious drug crimes, such as possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, typically result in felony charges.
Two men reportedly were charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver after the DEA found heroin on the lot of their used car dealership in Illinois. The owner of the dealership and another employee were taken into custody after DEA agents raided the dealership and found a kilogram of heroin inside one of the lot vehicles. According to the state's attorney on the case, one kilogram of heroin could be worth $200,000 to $300,000 on the street and could cause a significant number of deaths. The men are now facing 15 to 60 years in prison and are currently being held on $300,000 bond.
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.
If you are facing drug possession charges in Illinois, it is important to remember that being charged with a crime does not necessarily lead to a conviction. You and your attorney can come up with an effective defense strategy that can help you avoid some or all of the serious criminal consequences that come with a drug crime conviction.
Many drug-related arrests follow a search of the accused person's home or vehicle. In some cases, however, officers will perform a search in violation of the accused's Fourth Amendment rights. Under the Fourth Amendment, U.S. citizens are protected against unreasonable searches and seizures of their homes. In other words, if an officer performs a search without probable cause to do so, any contraband he or she finds may not be used in the case against the accused.
Many Illinois drivers assume that they can only get charged with a DUI if their blood alcohol content level is .08 or higher. However, according to 625 ILCS 6/11-501, it is also against the law for a person to drive a vehicle if they are under the influence of alcohol to a degree that prevents them from driving safely or are under the influence of drugs.
Many states across the country have legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use. While medical marijuana is legal in Illinois, growing or possessing marijuana, in any form, for recreational purposes is illegal and can result in criminal charges.
Possession of an illegal substance is a crime, but possession with the intent to distribute is an even more serious criminal offense. Under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, knowingly possessing, manufacturing and delivering controlled substances can result in criminal charges.
If you are facing drug possession charges, the prosecutor on your case likely wants to get a conviction. In order to do so, he or she is legally required to prove the elements of the charges against you beyond a reasonable doubt.