Use of illegal drugs is one of the largest social, economic, and political issues in contemporary America. Between the legalization of marijuana in some states, the widespread abuse of opiates (including prescription narcotics) and opiate overdoses, and the ease of accessibility to these substances, illegal drugs can cause a host of problems. When these issues extend to legal problems and drug charges, it is critical to contact an Illinois criminal defense attorney.
There are varying degrees of drug charges in the State of Illinois, and many carry very different, and often stiff penalties in their wake. Consider the following list of common street narcotics and the results if convicted when found in one's possession:
Heroin and substances containing heroin: Possession of heroin, or any substance containing heroin, carries very stiff consequences. Being caught with anywhere between 15 to 99 grams of Heroin can bring a four to fifteen year prison sentence, as well as a fine of up to $200,000.
Hallucinogenic drugs: Possession of Ketamine, LSD, peyote, and psilocybin are all considered Class 1 felonies in Illinois, and also carry a prison sentence of four to fifteen years with up to a $200,000 fine.
Marijuana and hashish: Marijuana and hashish carry several different penalties depending on amount and number of offenses. While possession of anything under 30 grams is considered a misdemeanor, this does not apply to third and fourth time offenders. In addition, anywhere between 30 and 500 grams can result in one to five years behind bars, as well as the fines.
Cocaine and substances containing cocaine: Cocaine is another drug that is heavily controlled in the State of Illinois, and is similarly categorized and penalized to heroin when found in one’s possession.
In 2013, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health concluded in its 2012 drug use in America study that 23.9 percent of the entire population over the age of 12 "had used an illicit drug during the month prior to the interview." Not only was this an increase in the overall drug use statistics, but also in increase in the percentage the rate grew as well.
A drug arrest, charge, or conviction can have broad implications for you financially, socially and legally. If you or someone you know is facing charges related to a drug offense, please seek the assistance of an experienced Arlington Heights drug crimes defense attorney as soon as possible. Located in Arlington Heights and serving Cook, Lake, DuPage, and McHenry counties, Scott F. Anderson Attorney at Law can assist you in all of your criminal law matters.
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