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Aurora drug possession defense attorneyEspecially during these times of pandemic anxiety, many people may look for ways to relax in the form of opioids and other prescription drugs. You might think this is not a crime because the drugs are not illegal, but if you yourself do not have a prescription for those drugs and yet still possess, use, distribute, or sell them, you may be charged with a drug crime in Illinois. Here are the types of drugs and their possession consequences. 

Types of Prescription Drugs You Cannot Possess without a Prescription

Before the COVID-19 pandemic even arrived in the United States, there was an epidemic of another kind destroying lives: the opioid epidemic. And while the focus these days is primarily on the virulent pandemic, illegal prescription drug use, abuse, possession, sale, and distribution are all common, possibly even more so, during these difficult times. 

Per the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, charges and penalties concerning drugs do not just involve illegal drugs like heroin, ecstasy, and LSD, classified as Schedule I controlled substances; they also include prescription drugs like painkillers and psychiatric medicines that have the potential to put local citizens’ health and well-being at risk if not taken under the proper guidance and supervision of a qualified doctor. Among the most common prescription drugs that people might be charged with possessing in Illinois are:

  • Stimulants (Schedule II), such as Adderall, Ritalin, and amphetamines

  • Opioids and other narcotics (Schedule II), such as morphine, methadone, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. These drugs have brand-names registered as Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin

  • Other pain relievers (Schedule III), like ketamine, codeine, and some steroids

  • Psychiatric drugs (Schedule IV), including anti-anxiety medicines like Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium

What Happens If Charged with Possession of Unprescribed Prescription Drugs

Even if you are not actively taking a prescription drug illegally or selling or distributing it, you can still be charged with possessing certain controlled substances, including prescription drugs, that have the potential to put the safety, health, and well-being of you and others in jeopardy without the guidance of a doctor. Possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, depending on the Schedule of drug and the amount of that drug, can result in anything from a few years in jail to more than 30 years in prison in addition to substantial monetary penalties, including up to $25,000 depending on the severity of the charges.

Contact an Aurora, IL Drug Possession Lawyer

As the pandemic rages on, law enforcement officers are still cracking down on the opioid epidemic. Even possessing a prescription drug without a prescription can land you in jail with significant financial penalties. If you are facing charges, call a Kane County criminal defense attorney at 847-488-0889 for a free consultation. The experienced professionals at the Law Offices of Brian J. Mirandola will develop the right strategies that can help you win your case.

 

Sources:

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=1941&ChapterID=53

https://www.dph.illinois.gov/opioids/home

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/docs/state_profile-illinois.pdf

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IL defense attorneyChildren who are exposed to drug usage at a young age are more likely to start abusing drugs themselves. Adults who possess or use a controlled substance can face felony charges which leads to fines, jail time, and probation.

Juveniles who are caught in possession, or using, drugs will not face felony convictions because the Illinois court system focuses on rehabilitation rather than punishment. The hope is to steer young adults away from drug use before they get into real trouble after reaching full adulthood.

Illinois Drug Laws

Juveniles face the same drug rules that adults do, except that tobacco is also considered a “controlled substance” because nicotine is addictive. In July, Illinois raised the legal age to purchase cigarettes and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 years old.

As for marijuana and other drugs, there is zero-tolerance for minors to possess or use drugs. Adults who are caught selling drugs to minors face twice the amount of jail time than if they sold to another adult. The minors are punished by:

  • Drug counseling for the minor and their parents.
  • Probation in that a minor will be required to attend check-in with a probation officer while also attending school regularly and participating in community service. If the minor is of legal working age, they will also be required to maintain a job.
  • Complete a diversion program which is similar to probation, but less formal because the minor will not have to go through juvenile court to have their probation requirements ordered.

Only in serious cases - or repeat offenses - will a child be sent to detention for drug possession. Aside from a juvenile detention facility, a minor offender can be sentenced to home confinement, foster care, or sent to a juvenile home.

Defending Against Juvenile Drug Charges

While the crime will not usually see a child sent to jail or have a permanent blemish on their record, it is still serious when a juvenile is convicted of drug possession. It can be difficult for the child to receive acceptance into a good college, enlist in the military, or eventually land the job of their dreams.

This is why minors and their parents should seek the help of a criminal defense lawyer who can investigate whether or not:

  • The minor’s rights were compromised in an illegal search and seizure.
  • The minor knew that they were in possession of a controlled substance; prosecution must prove this in order to convict.
  • The police involved acted professionally throughout the arrest of the minor.

A lawyer can also help the parents of the child if it is found out that the adults involved were also in possession of controlled substances. This could lead to child abuse offenses if the parents used the drugs around the minor.

Contact an Elgin, IL Drug Crimes Attorney

Minors have their whole lives ahead of them and a possible drug conviction could change the course of their lives. The lawyers of the Law Offices of Brian J. Mirandola can help make sure a minor avoids serious punishment from a drug charge. To schedule a free consultation with a Kane County drug crimes lawyer, call our office at 847-488-0889.

 

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=1941&ChapterID=53

https://norml.org/laws/item/illinois-penalties

https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-becomes-1st-state-in-midwest-to-raise-tobacco-age-to-21/

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_drug-Crimes.jpgIllinois still has a few months before marijuana is legal for more than just medical usage. There are still serious consequences for those who are caught possessing, selling, and/or trafficking marijuana or another illegal substance.

Illinois Controlled Substance Act

The act of trafficking drugs into the state of Illinois is covered under the Controlled Substance Act. Trafficking is defined as knowingly bringing an illegal substance into the state with the intent to deliver and/or sell the drugs to others.

Offenders of the Controlled Substance Act will face felony punishments that increase in severity based on the amount of drug in the offender’s possession.

Trafficking cannabis punishments include:

  • Less than 2.5 grams: Up to a $1,500 fine and up to six months in jail
  • 2.5-10 grams: Up to $2,500 in fines and up to one year in jail
  • 10-30 grams: Class 4 felony with fines of up to $25,000 and 1-3 years in jail
  • 30-500 grams: Class 3 felony with fines of up to $55,000 and 2-5 years in jail
  • 500-2,000 grams: Class 2 felony with fines of up to $100,000 and 3-7 years in jail
  • 2,000-5,000 grams: Class 1 felony with fines of up to $150,000 and 4-15 years in jail
  • Over 5,000 grams: Class X felony with fines of up to $200,000 and 6-30 years in jail

Trafficking of other illegal substances including morphine, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines are also punishable under the Controlled Substance Act. Up to 15 grams for any of these substances can see the offender charged with a Class 1 felony; 4-15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Defenses for Drug Trafficking

Anyone facing trafficking charges should seek help and advice from a knowledgeable attorney who can build a solid strategy to avoid major penalties.

The most common way people traffick drugs into the state is by having it hidden in a car. So, the best defense for an offender is to claim that they did not know the drugs were in the vehicle. That can be an unreliable strategy especially if the car is the offender’s possession and has been for years, but it is worth a try.

Other strategies include:

  • Entrapment
  • Insanity
  • Infancy (for individuals under the age of 13 years)
  • Compulsion

Any of these strategies can be discussed and decided upon with a lawyer who has studied the case.

Contact an Elgin, IL Drug Crimes Attorney

If you or someone you know is facing charges of drug trafficking, the lawyers of the Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola a ready to build a defense strategy to help avoid a negative outcome. To schedule a free consultation with a Kane County drug trafficking lawyer, call our office at 847-488-0889.

 

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=072005700HArt%252E+IV&ActID=1941&ChapterID=53&SeqStart=5200000&SeqEnd=7900000

https://www.iwu.edu/counseling/Illinois_Drug_Laws.htm

 

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Aurora, IL drug lawyer

Here in the state of Illinois, possession of illegal drugs can come with serious legal ramifications. While medical marijuana is legal, recreational use and possession of marijuana are not. While possession of cannabis charges are serious, getting caught with even a small amount of cocaine, methamphetamine, or heroin can be life-changing if you are convicted.

If you are charged with a drug crime, it is important to understand the potential consequences and seek experienced legal assistance as soon as possible. 

Drug Charges in Illinois 

According to Illinois state law, the possible legal penalties of drug crimes depend on the type of substance and the amount seized by law enforcement.

If you are apprehended with less than 10 grams of marijuana, you may be charged with a civil offense, with a fine of up to $200. Possession of 10 to 30 grams is a misdemeanor for a first offense with up to a year in jail and fines of $2,500. Anything more than 30 grams becomes a felony, with mandatory minimum sentencing for a conviction and fines up to $25,000. 

With hard drugs like cocaine, meth, and heroin, a possession conviction automatically constitutes a felony on your record, starting with one to three years in jail and up to $25,000 in fines.

Drug Defense Strategies 

At The Law Office Brian J. Mirandola, we aggressively fight for the rights of our clients. Our trusted criminal defense team will do everything it can to keep a conviction off your record and secure the best possible outcome in your case. We can help prove your innocence if you did not know about the narcotics police say you possessed, or effectively negotiate a plea agreement with possible probation. Depending on the facts of your case, we may be able to secure enrollment in a diversion program to further lessen the potential damage.

Contact an Elgin, IL Drug Crime Defense Lawyer

Do not let a drug allegation severely impact your life. The Law Office Brian J. Mirandola is here to fight for you. To schedule a free initial consultation with an adept Kane County criminal defense attorney, contact our team today at 847-488-0889. 

Sources:

https://norml.org/laws/item/illinois-penalties

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Kane County Drug Charges Lawyer

Throughout the United States, more than 1.6 million people were arrested for drug law violations in 2016, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. Here in the state of Illinois, even minor drug charges can come with severe legal ramifications. As written in the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, different types of drugs and amounts warrant different legal consequences. Fines and jail time are also influenced by paraphernalia present and the intent of the alleged user. 

If you have been arrested on any sort of drug charge, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can defend your rights.

Of the U.S. residents arrested on drug charges throughout 2016, more than 85 percent were cited for possession of an illegal substance. Here are the penalties for two of the most common substances involved in narcotics arrests:

Marijuana Possession

Despite the legalization of recreational marijuana in a number of states around the country, possession of marijuana can result in harsh criminal punishment in Illinois. Possession of fewer than 2.5 grams of cannabis constitutes a Class C misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine. If someone is arrested for possession of over 10 grams of marijuana, they can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, with fines up to $1,500 and up to 180 days in jail. Drug possession charges of more than 30 grams of marijuana may result in a felony. According to Illinois state law, a Class 4 felony conviction comes with a minimum sentence of one year in prison. 

Cocaine Possession

Cocaine penalties are significantly more severe than marijuana possession charges. From 1 up to 15 grams, a cocaine possession charge is a Class 1 felony. Even one gram of cocaine is punishable by imprisonment and up to $25,000 in fines. If arrested with anywhere between 15 to 99 grams of cocaine, one could face a minimum of four years in prison. Those possessing more than 100 grams of cocaine could spend decades behind bars. Other drugs that constitute a Class 1 felony include heroin, peyote, morphine, and amphetamines. 

Contact an Elgin, IL Criminal Defense Lawyer

With years of experience defending clients arrested on drug possession charges, attorney Brian J. Mirandola is prepared to fight for you. Drug charges can be fought on a number of fronts, including lack of knowledge and entrapment. If your rights were violated during or after the arrest, our aggressive representation could result in dropped charges. To schedule a free consultation with an Aurora, IL criminal defense attorney that you can believe in, call our offices today at 847-488-0889.  

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=1941&ChapterID=53&SeqStart=5200000&SeqEnd=7900000

https://www.drugwarfacts.org/chapter/crime_arrests

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