Illinois Meth Defense Attorney
DuPage County and Kane County Criminal Lawyer Defends Against Meth and Drug Charges
Addiction to methamphetamine, or meth, is a serious problem in Illinois and the state will act aggressively to prosecute offenders. A person can be charged with possessing meth or its dangerous chemical ingredients, with “cooking” or producing it, or with selling or distributing the drug. If you are arrested on methamphetamine charges, you can turn to the skilled drug defense attorneys in the law offices of McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. to protect your rights. We have a long track record of defending clients facing meth charges and a wide range of other drug charges, including marijuana, cocaine, crack, and prescription drugs in DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties, and throughout the Chicago area.
Defending Methamphetamine Charges in Chicago and Cook County
Known by its street names - crystal meth, glass, ice, speed and crank -methamphetamine can become a problem even for someone who is not an addict. If meth is produced in a home that you own or its components are found in your vehicle, you could be facing some serious questions from investigators. It is Important to hire a skilled attorney before making statements to the police. Our experienced defense team has a number of strategies to protect you, such as challenging unreasonable police searches, seeking to have the charges dismissed, moving the case to a drug court to seek drug treatment instead of prison time, or working out a plea agreement to minimize jail time.
Penalties for Methamphetamine Charges in Illinois
Due to the highly addictive nature of methamphetamine and the volatile nature of manufacturing it, the State of Illinois has enacted tough penalties for offenders. Possessing methamphetamine, the household ingredients that comprise it, or manufacturing the drug are felony charges that carry prison time. Longer prison sentences are tied to greater amounts of the drug.
- Possessing 15-100 grams - fine up to $200,000 and/or 4-15 years in prison
- Possessing 100-400 grams - fine up to $200,000 or street value and/or 6-30 years in prison
- Possessing 400-900 grams - fine up to $200,000 or street value and/or 8-40 years in prison
- Possessing over 900 grams - fine up to $200,000 or street value and/or 10-50 years
- Sale, manufacture or possession with intent to deliver 10-15 grams - fine up to $250,000 and/or 4-15 years in prison
- Sale, manufacture or possession with intent to deliver 15 grams or more - fine up to $500,000 and/or 6-60 years in prison
Meth fines can double if the possession or sale is near a school or church. Charges and penalties could increase further if you have a gun at the time of the meth arrest.The skilled attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. will work aggressively to defend your rights in your methamphetamine case. Contact us to discuss the charges and possible defense strategies to improve your outcome. We have three convenient offices in the Chicago area, and serve DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties.