Illinois Drug Trafficking Defense Attorneys
Naperville Drug Distribution Lawyers
While all drug related charges can carry serious penalties, drug trafficking is considered a particularly serious offense. As such, an Illinois drug trafficking conviction can result in serious penalties, both financial and criminal. If you or someone you care about is facing drug trafficking charges in Illinois or on a federal level, you need an experienced lawyer to help you understand both the legal process and your options so that you can make the best choices for your unique situation.
Drug Trafficking Penalties
Unlike drug possession, which can be a misdemeanor, drug trafficking and drug distribution are felonies. As with any felony, if you are convicted of drug trafficking in Illinois, you will face very serious repercussions including jail time and fines. Jail sentences can be as short as six months or as long as life in jail, while financial penalties can be tens of millions of dollars. How long of a sentence and the amount of the fines will vary based on a number of factors, including the following:
- Type of drug involved. Both federal and state laws differentiate between controlled substances; the punishment for selling steroids is not as severe as it is for selling heroin or cocaine.
- Quantity. If you are found with a greater amount of the illegal substance, the laws mandate a stronger sentence. For example, if you are found with less than 2.5 grams of marijuana in Illinois, you will face a jail sentence of up to six months. If you have between 2.5 and 10 milligrams, that time increases to a year.
- Whether or not it is a first offense. Both jail sentences and fines can be doubled if this is not the first time you have been convicted of drug trafficking.
Help When You Need It Most
The legal process can be overwhelming. We can help. When you have a clear idea of what being charged with a drug crime entails, you are better able to provide your lawyers with the information necessary to mount the best and most effective defense. We are familiar with both the state and federal courts in which you may need to defend yourself against trafficking charges.
If you need a drug trafficking attorney, contact Donahue & Sowa today, either by phone or online. As one of the oldest criminal law firms in Illinois, we can provide the highest level of service as we help you develop the most effective strategy for defending yourself against these very serious charges.