Most people know the basic types of substances that are illegal in most states, but what you may not know is that there are many types of drug crimes you can be charged with, many of them at the same time. Each specific crime has its own requirements for sentencing if you are convicted of the crime, which is why it is important to understand what you are dealing with if you are facing a drug crime in Illinois.
Laws Concerning Illicit Drugs in Illinois
There are five acts in Illinois that govern the use, distribution, growth, manufacture, and sale of illegal drugs in the state. These acts include:
- The Illinois Controlled Substances Act
- The Cannabis Control Act
- The Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act
- The Hypodermic Syringes and Needles Act
- The Drug Paraphernalia Control Act
Common Drug Charges
Drug Possession: It is illegal to possess any illicit drug for any period of time. The penalties for drug possession all depend on which type of drug you were caught with and the amount of the drug in your possession. The potential consequences of being charged with possession of marijuana will not be as harsh as being charged with possession of methamphetamine.
Drug Trafficking: Drug trafficking involves the manufacture, growth, preparation, delivery, or distribution of a controlled substance. Even if you do not intend to use the drug yourself, it is illegal to traffic it. Possession with the intent to deliver the drug is also a crime, which can earn you hefty fines and jail time.
DUI: While Driving Under the Influence often involves alcohol use, it is also illegal for people to operate a motor vehicle if they are under the influence of any controlled substance, including prescription drugs. DUI charges can result in jail time, fines, suspended or revoked drivers’ licenses, or probation.
Choose to Be Represented by a Joliet Criminal Defense Attorney
A drug charge can affect you for the rest of your life if you are convicted. Though sentencing has become more geared toward rehabilitation in recent years, the punishments for committing a drug crime can still be very tough. If you are facing drug charges, you should have a skilled Will County drug crimes defense lawyer by your side. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C. can help you keep your record clean. To set up a free consultation, call our office at 815-740-4025.