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Understanding Drug Charges with New Illinois Laws

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Understanding Drug Charges with New Illinois LawsWhile the state of Illinois’ stance on recreational marijuana use drastically changed when Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act into law last January, the state still has some strong policies against the use of marijuana. In reality, a serious drug charge can compromise one’s ability to land a good job, secure housing, or seek education advancement opportunities. If you or a loved one have been charged with a drug-related crime in the state of Illinois, it is time to speak with a criminal defense attorney you can believe in. 

Marijuana and Drug Charges in Illinois

Due to the new state law, an Illinois resident can legally possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower (marijuana). It is important to recognize that this does not mean that marijuana is legal with no contingencies. Possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana still constitutes a misdemeanor charge and potentially up to one year in prison. Possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana with intent to sell constitutes a felony charge and can possibly result in up to five years of jail time if convicted. It should also be noted that it is still considered an offense to smoke or consume marijuana on public property. 

With the recent legalization of recreational marijuana, police officers statewide have been ramping up the search for high drivers. Law enforcement officials are trained to look for signs of intoxication such as the odor associated with marijuana, bloodshot eyes, and signs of cognitive impairment. If convicted, a marijuana DUI charge constitutes a Class A misdemeanor, fines up to $2,500, and a one-year license revocation period. 

The use of illegal narcotics, such as LSD, cocaine, and heroin, is still viewed as highly illegal in the state of Illinois. For instance, possession of 15 grams or less of cocaine can lead to a Class 4 felony charge and up to three years in prison. For more information on the true impact of a criminal drug charge, speak with a knowledgeable attorney. 

Contact a Lombard Drug Charge Defense Attorney

At McMahon Law Offices, our team is dedicated to helping our clients fight against charges that could impact the rest of their lives. Drug charges can cost a person their employment and their reputation, simply for having possession of an illegal substance or over the allowed amount of recreational marijuana. If you have been charged with a drug crime in Illinois, you need experienced legal counsel. To schedule a free consultation with a DuPage County criminal defense attorney, call 630-953-4400. 




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