Illinois Marijuana Possession Law Firm
St. Charles Possession of Cannabis Defense Attorneys
It is illegal to possess marijuana in the state of Illinois unless you are approved by the Public Health department and can produce evidence of that approval when approached by a law enforcement officer. While it may seem that Illinois is becoming more tolerant of marijuana possession, as it is one of the earlier states to approve a medical marijuana program, if you are found to be in possession of marijuana without the necessary paperwork, the penalties are quite serious. Whether this is your first charge for marijuana possession and you only had a small amount with you, or you are facing multiple charges for larger amounts, it is always in your best interest to seek legal counsel as soon as possible from a law firm such as Donahue & Sowa which has extensive knowledge and experience in this area of Illinois drug laws.
Possession: Quantity Matters
Under the Illinois Cannabis Control Act, the penalties for marijuana possession in Illinois are directly correlated to how much marijuana is found in an individual’s possession at the time of arrest. Assuming that this is a first offense, the charges one would face would vary as follows:
- Less than 2.5 grams is a Class C Misdemeanor;
- 2.5 to 10 grams is a Class B Misdemeanor;
- 10 grams to 30 grams is a Class A Misdemeanor;
- 30-500 grams is a Class 4 Felony;
- 500 to 2,000 grams is a Class 3 Felony;
- 2,000 to 5,000 grams is a Class 2 Felony; and
- More than 5,000 grams is a Class 1 Felony.
This means that a conviction for marijuana possession could result in penalties ranging from no jail time and minimal fines to decades in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars of fines.
When you hire one of the oldest law firms in Illinois, you can be confident that we have an in-depth understanding of the relevant laws and will help you navigate the legal system to find an optimal resolution for your situation. Marijuana possession is a serious charge, but it does not have to ruin your life.
If you or someone you care about is facing charges for possession of marijuana in Illinois, contact us today to schedule a consultation as soon as possible. At Donahue & Sowa, we provide defense representation to marijuana possession clients as well as clients facing other drug charges. Our clients can be found throughout Illinois including Will County, Kane County, Cook County, St. Charles, and Naperville.