The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj
Our Tenacious Chicago Drug Defense Lawyer Fights for Your Rights
In Illinois, drug distribution crimes involve an individual possessing, manufacturing, or delivering illegal drugs or illicit substances. The person must have been aware that they were doing so, and, in some cases, it must be proven that they knew the act was illegal to begin with. Typically, Schedule I and Schedule II drugs are the only substances that may be included in a drug distribution charge. This means you could be accused of this criminal offense if you were carrying marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and the like, but not for anabolic steroids or most pharmaceutical depressants.
If you have been arrested for drug trafficking, you will need the committed and aggressive representation of our Chicago drug defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Haytham Faraj. We understand the details and complexities of the legal system and know how to build you a strong, reliable case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Strict Penalties for Drug Distribution Crimes in Illinois
In most cases, regardless of the quantity found on the individual, drug distribution crimes are considered felonies. Misdemeanors often escalate to felonies once the weight of the substances possessed, manufactured, or delivered exceeds 2.5 grams, which is a fraction of a pound. Punishments are some of the most severe in the legal system yet they can vary depending on the circumstances, such as the substances in question and where the arrest took place.
Some of the penalties you might be facing if you enter court unprepared include:
- 6 months to 1 year in jail in misdemeanor convictions
- Up to $3000 fine in misdemeanor convictions
- 1 to 15 years of prison time for felony convictions
- $2500 to $25,000 fines for felony convictions
Some charges may be escalated to class X felonies, which often include up to 60 years of prison time and an additional $250,000 fine. However, class X felonies often require the arrested individual to be a repeat offender, or have the intent to distribute large quantities of an illegal substance.
You Need An Attorney Who is Not Afraid of Fighting for You!
There is simply too much at stake if you’ve been arrested for a drug distribution crime to leave it up to chance, or to inexperienced public defenders. At The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj, PLLC, our Chicago drug defense lawyers have accrued more than 25 years of combined experience practicing law and protecting the rights of people just like you, and we are honored by their testimonials. Let us work with you and start securing your future.
Call or contact us today to begin defending your rights.