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What are the penalties for drug trafficking in Illinois?

As we discussed last week, the drug trafficking trade in Illinois is one that has a long history. The prevalence of drug trafficking through the Chicago area hasn't stopped. For people who are accused of drug trafficking, the journey through the criminal justice system is just beginning. It is vital that anyone facing these charges gets to work on a defense strategy right away because the penalties are harsh for drug trafficking convictions in this state.

How are drug trafficking penalties determined in Illinois?

All drug trafficking penalties are determined by the classification of the charge. The classification of the charge is determined by the type of drug and the amount of the drug.

What is the range of prison terms and fines for drug trafficking convictions?

The prison term and fine for each conviction depends on the classification of the charge. Misdemeanors carry the less severe penalties than felonies. For example, up to 2.5 milligrams of marijuana is considered a Class B misdemeanor, which carries up to six months in prison and up to a $1,500 fine. From 2.5 grams to 10 grams is a Class A misdemeanor that carries less than a year in prison and up to $2,500 for a fine. A Class X felony carries the harshest penalties. More than 100 grams of Oxycodone is considered a Class X felony, which carries six to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

When you consider the penalties for a drug trafficking conviction in Illinois, it is easy to see why you need to get started on your defense right away. Getting started as soon as possible can give you the most time possible to work on the defense.

Source: The University of Chicago, "Table C: Illinois Trafficking Penalties - Controlled Substances*," accessed Aug. 26, 2015

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