Drug Manufacturing

The Northfield and Chicago police forces are tough on drugs, but just because you’ve been arrested on manufacturing charges doesn’t mean you’re without hope. An experienced and aggressive drug attorney like Fred Dry can help you navigate through this difficult time, making sure that the charges are accurate, the sentence fair, and that if you are innocent, you go completely free.

If you’re facing drug manufacturing charges for any controlled substances, we can help. Give Fred Dry a call right away to discuss your situation. The earlier you can get an attorney involved, the better the chances will be for your case.

What Is Drug Manufacturing?

The state of Illinois defines “manufacturing” broadly, so what you may not have considered manufacturing could bring you up against harsh charges that you never anticipated. According to ILCS 570/102, this act includes:

“the production, preparation, propagation, compounding, conversion or processing of a controlled substance other than methamphetamine, either directly or indirectly, by extraction from substances of natural origin, or independently by means of chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis, and includes any packaging or repackaging of the substance or labeling of its container.”

This means that whether you did the entire conversion from plant to drug yourself or simply stuck a label on the package, you can be charged with manufacturing. Obviously, not all of the activities involved in manufacturing equally egregious and our job as drug attorneys is to make sure the punishment fits the crime. In some cases, such as packaging and labeling, you may not have even known or fully understood what you were doing. In cases such as these, you need an experienced lawyer to protect your rights and make the truth known in the courtroom.

Penalties for Manufacturing

Illinois penalizes drug manufacturers the same way it penalizes drug dealers – according to the type of drug produced and the amount found. Methamphetamine (“meth”) and heroin are particular problems in the Chicago area and carry heavy penalties.

Although the official list of drugs contains hundreds of entries and grows daily as new drugs are introduced, below are the penalties for some of the most common types of drugs in Northfield.

Marijuana

Amount Offense Level Jail Time Fines
< 2.5 g Class B Misdemeanor Up to 6 months Up to $1500
2.5-9.9 g Class A Misdemeanor Up to 1 year Up to $2500
10-29 g Class 4 Felony 1-3 years Up to $25,000
30-499 g Class 3 Felony 2-5 years Up to $55,000
500-1999 g Class 2 Felony 3-7 years Up to $100,000
2000-4999 g Class 1 Felony 4-15 years Up to $150,000
5000+ g Class X Felony 6-30 years Up to $200,000

Heroin, Cocaine, Morphine & LSD

Amount Offense Level Jail Time Fines
≤ 14.9 g Class 1 Felony 4-15 years Up to $250,000
15-99.9 g (or 15-199 tabs/pills of LSD) Class X Felony 6-30 years Up to $500,000
100-399.9 g (or 200-599 tabs/pills of LSD) Class X Felony 9-40 years Up to $500,000
400-899.9 g (or 600-1,499 tabs/pills of LSD) Class X Felony 12-50 years Up to $500,000
900+ g (1,500+ tabs/pills of LSD) Class X Felony 15-60 years Up to $500,000

Methamphetamine (“Meth”)

Amount Offense Level Jail Time Fines
≤ 4.9 g Class 2 Felony 3-7 years Up to $100,000
5-14.9 g Class 1 Felony 4-15 years Up to $250,000
15-99.9 g Class X Felony 6-30 years Up to $500,000
100-399.9 g Class X Felony 9-40 years Up to $500,000
400-899.9 g Class X Felony 12-50 years Up to $500,000
900+ g Class X Felony 15-60 years Up to $500,000

As you can see, the possible penalty ranges are as broad as the definition of manufacturing, so if you’ve been charged with this crime, give us a call immediately so we can start ascertaining the facts and working with you to pursue an accurate sentence, including seeing you set completely free with no record if you are a victim of circumstance and innocent of all charges.

Give us a call today to get started.