Methamphetamine has never been an “urban” drug in the United States, and statistical indicators suggest that methamphetamine usage in the Chicago area is quite low. Nonetheless, increases in methamphetamine crimes (possession, manufacture, and sale) has been on the rise in many of Chicago’s surrounding rural areas, including the suburbs. However, due to the growing public concern over meth, prosecutors place heavy sentences on alleged offenders.
If you’ve been caught possessing, selling, or manufacturing meth, you need a prominent Chicago methamphetamine crimes attorney who has extensive experience working with methamphetamine laws. We’ll use the full extent of Illinois and federal laws to reduce your sentence or, in the best case scenario, get the charges dropped.
Possession of Methamphetamine
Urban areas as near as Rockford have reported increasing availability of methamphetamine, most of which comes from local manufacturers. Furthermore, because methamphetamine is considered highly dangerous and addictive, even simple possession of methamphetamine (of less than 15 grams) can result in a Class 4 felony punishable by up to 3 years in prison and a maximum fine of $2,500. Nonetheless, if you don’t have a prior conviction record, courts tend to be lenient on first-time possession, opting for probation as opposed to incarceration.
Penalties for Selling Methamphetamine
Selling meth, as opposed to simply possessing it, carries a much harsher sentence. According to Illinois Law, under the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, intent to deliver can carry a Class 2 felony charge, if you’re caught selling less than 15 grams. If caught selling more than 15 grams, you could be facing a Class 1 felony, punishable by 15 to 30 years and a possible maximum fine of up to $25,000. Keep in mind that if you’re caught with meth in multiple bags, for example, you could be charged with intent to deliver, even though the meth was for personal use.
Penalties for Making Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine is mostly manufactured in local places, though gangs do play a role in transporting methamphetamine far from massive manufacture sites in the US, Mexico, and Central and South America. Using ingredients from hardware stores, meth can also be made in rural areas throughout Cook and Lake County. Under Illinois Statute 720 ILCS 646/15, it is unlawful to knowingly participate in the manufacture of methamphetamine, with the intent of a methamphetamine or methamphetamine-like structure being made.
If caught making less than 15 gram of meth in certain situations (known as Aggravated Participation in Methamphetamine manufacturing), you could be facing a minimum 6 year prison sentence (maximum of 12 for first-time offenders), and a maximum fine of $100,000 or the street value of the drug.
Contact Fred Mark Dry, Chicago’s Top Drug Crimes Attorney
From aggravated participation to intent to deliver, far too often does the alleged offender have a say in the type of charge and its associated penalties. For this reason, among many others, you need an experienced Chicago drug crimes attorney to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the charge, speak with prosecutors and judges about alternative sentencing options, and vigorously fight in courts. For Chicago’s leading attorney, contact Fred Mark Dry as soon as possible at (847) 441-1801 for a free consultation.