Drug crimes vary more than any other type of criminal offense In terms of jail sentences and other criminal penalties. The amount of jail time a person faces for a drug-related crime depends on the type of drug, the amount of the substance, and whether the person was accused of manufacturing or selling the drug as opposed to merely possessing the drug. Most people accused of a drug offense are overwhelmed and confused. They are unsure of what their rights are and what penalties they may face.
Manufacturing methamphetamine or “meth” is a felony offense in Illinois.
If you or a loved one were accused of operating a “meth lab” or otherwise manufacturing methamphetamine, the first step is to seek personalized advice from a criminal defense lawyer. Your attorney can answer all of your questions and provide legal guidance specific to your situation.
The Illinois Controlled Substances Act prohibits the manufacture, production, propagation, or processing of a controlled substance. Manufacture of methamphetamine is considered an especially egregious crime because the substance is so dangerous. Homemade laboratories used to “cook” meth are also at risk of exploding, causing catastrophic or fatal injuries to others. For these reasons, manufacture of any amount of methamphetamine is considered a felony criminal offense in Illinois.
The specific jail sentences for manufacturing meth depend on the amount of the substance allegedly produced. The following list describes the criminal penalties associated with methamphetamine production in grams:
Up to 15 g of methamphetamine - Class 1 felony punishable by four to 15 years in jail and a maximum fine of $25,000
15-100 g of methamphetamine - Class X felony punishable by six to 30 years in jail and a maximum fine of $100,000 or the drugs' street value
100-400 g of methamphetamine - Class X felony punishable by nine to 40 years in jail and a maximum fine of $200,000 or the drugs' street value
400-900 g - Class X felony punishable by 12 to 50 years in jail and a maximum fine of $300,000
More than 900 g of methamphetamine - Class X felony punishable by 15 to 60 years in jail and a maximum fine of $400,000
The manufacturing of meth is a felony offense in Illinois punishable by years or decades in prison. If you or a loved one were accused of operating a meth lab or producing methamphetamine, you need a lawyer who will aggressively advocate for your freedom. Call Arlington Heights defense lawyer Scott F. Anderson for help at 847-253-3400.
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