A conviction for a drug crime can have serious long-term consequences. For many people, the non-judicial impact of a drug offense conviction is just as troublesome as the actual sentence handed down by the court. The best way to avoid facing the negative consequences of an Illinois drug crime conviction is to avoid the conviction in the first place. To do that you must aggressively get ahead of the game.
At The Harris Law Firm, we understand how a drug crime conviction can impact both your work and family life. If you have been charged with a drug crime it is imperative that you speak to attorney Harris as soon as possible to begin working on your defense. Contact us today at 773-221-4388 to schedule a free consultation so that we can get started on your defense.
Types of Drug Crimes
In Illinois you could face a variety of different drug crimes, the types of offenses we see and handle in this jurisdiction include:
Possession of marijuana
Possession of a controlled substance (cocaine, prescription drugs, etc.)
Possession with intent to sell or distribute
Distribution of marijuana or a controlled substance
Promotion or Manufacturing of drugs (including Methamphetamines)
Trafficking of marijuana or a controlled substance
Forgery of a prescription
Prescription drug fraud conspiracy
In addition to the above potential charges, you could also be charged at the federal level in lieu of, or in addition to, any charges you have against you.
Drug Crime Penalties in Illinois
The potential penalties you face if convicted of a drug crime in Illinois depends on the type and amount of drug involved and what charges were actually filed against you. As a general rule, drug crimes involving marijuana do not carry as severe a penalty as equivalent crimes involving other drugs; however, even marijuana crimes can be charged as a class A felony if enough marijuana is involved. Judicial penalties you could face if convicted of an Illinois drug crime include:
A term of incarceration in county jail, workhouse, or state penitentiary
Lengthy probation which will likely include drug testing as well as counseling or treatment
Heavy fines and court costs
The non-judicial penalties you may face if convicted of a Illinois drug crime include:
Loss of employment
Disciplinary action if you hold a professional license
Disqualification for federal student aid assistance to pay for higher education
Disqualification for need based programs such as Food Stamps and public housing
Disqualification for future employment
Interference with custody or visitation with minor children
A drug crime conviction may remain on your permanent record for life, meaning the negative impact of that conviction may follow you for life as well. At The Harris Law Firm, we are dedicated to providing you with the best defense possible in an effort to avoid a drug crime conviction. Contact us today by calling 773-221-4388 to schedule a consultation with Attorney Jesse Harris, an experienced drug crimes attorney.