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Illinois Drug Possession Defense Attorney

Aggressive and Experienced Drug Possession Defense Lawyer Serving Clients in Cook, DuPage, Will and Kane Counties

Illinois has adopted increasingly tougher drug laws and sentencing guidelines, resulting in severe penalties for a number of drug offenses. Even a minor marijuana charge can remain on your criminal record and possibly hurt your chances of future employment. College students could face the loss of government financial aid if convicted of a felony or misdemeanor drug possession charge. Worse, you could face prison time for conviction on narcotics charges, such as cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine (meth). If you have been charged or arrested for drug possession of any kind, you need an experienced drug defense attorney who understands what’s at stake and how to improve your case. That’s what you can expect from the attorneys at Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. who have brought to positive resolution hundreds of drug cases throughout Northwest Chicago.

Drug Possession Charges in DuPage County, IL

Drug possession is typically a felony in Illinois, except in the case of less than 30 grams of marijuana, charged as a misdemeanor. The penalties for drug possession are based on the weight of the drugs in your possession and can increase with aggravating circumstances, such as the presence and discharge of a firearm, a repeat drug offense, or the possession of any illegal drugs near a school, church, park, or movie theater. A first-time offender may be eligible for probation and the expungement of your record after two years. Some often-abused drugs and their penalties include:

  • Marijuana Possession
    • 10 grams or less, fines up to $1,500, up to 30 days to a year in jail, depending upon drug weight
    • First offense, 10-30 grams, fines up to $2,500, up to a year in jail
    • Second offense, 10-30 grams, felony charge, fines up to $25,000, 1-3 years in jail
    • 30+ grams, felony charge, fines up to $25,000, 1 to 15 years in jail
  • Controlled Substance Possession
    • Cocaine, heroin, meth, morphine and LSD, felony charge
    • Fines up to $200,000, impacted by street value of drugs of 100 grams or more, 4-50 years in jail
  • Anabolic steroids (often abused by athletes for performance enhancement)
    • First offense, fines up to $1,500 and/or 30 days in jail
    • Second offense, added fine of $1,500, up to six months in jail
If you are arrested for drug possession, the penalties and fines, the disruption to your life, are all too much to risk. And you don’t want to jeopardize your future for want of prompt and effective legal representation. The attorneys in the law office of Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. have decades of experience defending clients facing a wide range of drug charges. We can guide you through your legal defense options and work to improve your outcome. Contact us to discuss your case in a free initial consultation. We have three convenient offices in the Chicago area, and serve DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties.
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