While the possession of drugs may, in very few cases, be considered a civil rather than a criminal offense, most actions involving controlled substances are against the law. What’s more, drug crimes in Skokie are harshly penalized, and those who are convicted on drug charges may face life-changing penalties. At the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus, our Skokie drug charge lawyer can review the charges you’re facing for free, and work with you to build your defense and protect your future.
Drug crimes are classified by drug crime type (possession, trafficking, or manufacture), as well as the type of drug involved and the amount of drug involved. In some cases, where the crime occurs and who is involved in the drug crime can also affect charges and the degree of penalty – for example, committing a drug crime in a school zone is a more serious offense.
Drug crimes can be misdemeanor or felony offenses; felony offenses are more serious. An example of a misdemeanor drug crime in Illinois is the possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana; an example of a felony drug crime is selling more than 10 grams of marijuana.
Again, the penalty for a drug crime depends upon the type of drug involved, the amount of the drug involved, and the specific drug crime.
If a drug crime is a Class 1 felony–such as the possession of heroin between 15 and 99 grams–the act can be penalized by a fine of up to $200,000, and a prison sentence of between four and 15 years. A Class 4 felony, on the other hand, is penalized by a prison sentence of between one and three years, and a fine of up to $25,000.
In any case, there is no doubt that facing drug charges is very serious. No one wants to serve time in prison, regardless of the amount of time, or pay thousands of dollars in fines. Further, a drug conviction may mean limited opportunities moving forward, including difficulty finding employment or securing housing.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, do not wait to take action to start building your defense. The first thing that you that you should do is to call an experienced attorney with a history handling cases like yours.
At the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus, our Skokie criminal defense attorney has been handling drug cases for years, and knows how to investigate cases, prevent evidence from being used against you, and negotiate to reach a deal with the prosecution. For your free consultation, call our law office today at 847-966-0300, or send us an email at your convenience.
Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.