Illinois Marijuana Defense Lawyer
Aggressive and Affordable Criminal Attorney Defends DuPage County Clients Against Marijuana Charges
In Illinois, it is illegal to possess marijuana in any quantity. Growing marijuana also is a crime. The Cannabis Control Act prohibits the possession, sale and cultivation of marijuana, while the Drug Paraphernalia Control Act prohibits the possession, sale or delivery of drug paraphernalia. If you arrested on marijuana charges, the law office of McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. will fight for the best possible outcome on your behalf, It may be possible to challenge a search or seizure in a marijuana drug charge, there may be an opportunity for a first offense of marijuana drug possession to be removed your criminal record, or you may be eligible for treatment options in exchange for a dismissal of the charge. We have successfully resolved cases for clients charged with a wide range of drug violations throughout the Chicago area.
Penalties for Marijuana Drug Charges in Illinois
Despite the perception of marijuana as a recreational drug, a marijuana drug charge should be taken seriously. The two general types of drug charges are drug possession and drug delivery. If you are arrested with more than small amounts of marijuana, you can be charged with intent to deliver and possibly face more serious charges. The penalties can range from significant fines, prison time, or seized property, such as a car in which the marijuana was found. Even a misdemeanor charge can negatively impact you, possibly resulting in the loss of student aid, fines, or jail.
Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Illinois
The penalties for marijuana drug possession are the following:
- First offense, marijuana possession (10-30 grams), a fine of up to $2500 and/or a year in jail. 30-500 grams, the charge increases to a felony, with up to $2500 in fines and or 1-3 years in prison
- Second offense, marijuana drug possession (10-500 grams), felony charge, fines up to $25,000, 1-5 years in prison. 500-5000 grams, second offense, felony charge, fines up to $25,000 and or 2-15 years in prison
The penalties for marijuana drug delivery are:
- Less than 10 grams, fines from $1,500 to $2,500, 6 months to 1 year in jail
- More than 10 grams, felony charge, fines from up to $25,000 to $200,000, 1-30 years in prison
The penalty for possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia includes fines of $750 to $2500, and or up to a 1 year in jail. Additional penalties may apply if you were in possession of a firearm during the drug offense, or if you were within 1500 feet of a school, church, or public park. Students who were convicted on misdemeanor or felony drug charges cannot obtain government student aid.
The experienced attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. will guide you through your legal defense options, and work to improve the outcome in your marijuana case. We may be able to help you work out an agreement that could avoid prison time; seek to reduce the charges to a lower offense, or submit pretrial motions to have certain charges dismissed. Let our skilled marijuana drug defense attorneys help defend your rights. 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.