Drug Crime FAQ
Answers from a Chicago Criminal Lawyer
Have you been accused of a drug crime? There are a wide variety of drug crimes involving a variety of different narcotic and illegal substances. The amount of a drug you are dealing with, the nature of the drug and the nature of the offense all play into how you will be sentenced if convicted of a drug offense. I want to help answer your questions about Chicago drug crime. I am a Lead Counsel Rated Attorney who has over a decade of legal experience in criminal defense. If you want specific answers about your case, call my firm and request a free case evaluation!
The questions below may be able to help you shed some light on your situation:
Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Crimes
Is marijuana illegal in Chicago?
Currently, Illinois state law allows recreational use of marijuana. This means that residents can have up to 30 grams and non-residents can have up to 15 grams as long as you are 21 or older. Individuals with 30+ grams of marijuana can face a felony charge, a $25,000 fine and 1 to 3 years in prison.
Is medical marijuana legal in Chicago?
Marijuana, when prescribed for a medical condition, is legal in Chicago. All medical marijuana dispensaries must be licensed and registered with the state and the dealings are carefully regulated. Individuals must have a marijuana card or legal prescription in order to grow the substance.
What is prescription drug abuse?
Prescription drug abuse is a common crime that can result in serious penalties. Some individuals become addicted to legal prescription painkillers and begin to use them illegally to get "high." Individuals will deceive pharmacies or feign pain in order to get more of these painkillers.
Will my drug crime be handled in a state court or a federal court?
If you are arrested for a drug crime, you can be charged in a federal court. Normally, the federal government will take on cases that cross state lines. For example, if you are accused of trafficking cocaine from Illinois to Indiana, your case will be heard in a federal court. Cases that stay within state lines will most likely be prosecuted in Illinois.
What does weight have to do with my sentence?
The weight of the drug that you were accused of trafficking, manufacturing, or handling has everything to do with your sentence. This is because the court system evaluates an individual's sentence based on the amount of the drug involved. Drugs are normally measured in grams.
I've been accused of a drug crime. What do I do next?
If you are accused of any type of drug crime, it is essential that you hire a hardworking and trustworthy Chicago drug crime attorney immediately. My team here at the Law Offices of Mitch Furman is committed to helping you fight your charges and will do what we can to advocate for your innocence. We handle charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.
Some common drug crimes in Chicago include:
While you are facing any of the charges listed above, your future and even your freedoms could be at stake. Drug charges are punished harshly and any conviction will remain on your criminal record even after your sentencing, limiting your access to jobs and other opportunities. You can't afford to face these charges without an attorney.
As an experienced drug crimes lawyer in Chicago, I have the expertise you need on your side. Don't hesitate to call my firm today if you want more information!