Every state has its own laws on control and regulation of drugs or controlled substances possession, and the specific laws vary in their definition of controlled substances and punishment for possession. In Illinois, for instance, infamous drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and LDS and the compounds used for making them are controlled substances. Likewise, certain drugs, like common painkillers such as codeine, could be possessed lawfully with a valid prescription.
Controlled substances are divided into five schedules according to factors like approval for medical use and potential for abuse. Drugs under Schedule V have been approved for medical use and have the lowest potential for abuse. Drugs under Schedule I have no approved medical use and have the highest abuse potential:
What you need to remember is that drug possession is almost always a felony under Illinois law, with some exceptions. Drug possession penalties are based on the amount or weight of drugs in a person’s possession:
Aggravating circumstances, including repeat drug offenses, discharging a firearm, or possessing illegal drugs near schools, parks, movie theaters, or churches, carry enhanced penalties. Depending on the particular circumstances of the case, a first-time offender might qualify for probation.
Although possessing marijuana within the lawfully established limits is no longer a crime in Illinois, possessing an amount of marijuana that’s higher than the lawfully established limits is still a felony charge.
Drug possession is punishable by very hefty fines and long periods of imprisonment depending on the specific type of drug and how many drugs were found in your possession. Not to mention the havoc a drug offense conviction could wreak on your career, employment opportunities, and social and personal lives. You also face enhanced penalties if you have previous convictions for drug possession.
Whatever your situation, our experienced Illinois drug possession can determine how to best fight the charges against you. Get in touch with Sabuco Beck, P.C. online to schedule your appointment today.
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