Illinois Drug Possession Laws and What You Need to Know
Last week we covered Missouri drug possession laws, but here at CM Attorneys, we also work with clients from Illinois. So, what are the Illinois drug possession laws? While the drug laws in Illinois are not as strict as Missouri, they still should be taken seriously.
What are the Illinois Drug Possession Laws?
In Illinois, It is illegal to possess any amount of heroin, cocaine, morphine, or LSD. Even a small amount of these drugs can carry hefty penalties and are considered Class 1 felonies. As the amount increases, so does the severity of the crime, and the possible charge or sentence. From steroids to hallucinogens and all points in between, the penalty is based on the street value of the drug and the amount of the substance involved in the crime; the stiffest sentences can be up to 60 years and hundreds of thousands in fines.
What are the Illinois Marijuana Possession Laws?
As of the end of July, the Marijuana possession laws have changed in Illinois. In response to Gov. Rauner signing Senate Bill 2228 into law, Illinois State Police released a statement on the new procedures and penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The penalty for possession is now for up to 10 grams of marijuana that amounts to a fine from $100-$200. Previously the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana was a class B misdemeanor that carried up to six months in jail and fines up to $1,500. You can find all details of the change here.
Criminal Defense for an Illinois Drug Possession Charge
Despite the changes to the law, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to marijuana in the state of Illinois. Even if the laws seem lenient for a small amount of marijuana, this does not mean you will ultimately avoid consequences or fines. If you are charged with any drug possession, a local defense attorney can protect your rights in court. When you work with an attorney, they will do everything they can to lower your sentence, reduce your fines, or even eliminate the crime from your record. Contact us to speak with a Illinois criminal defense attorney and get a free consultation.