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In Illinois, "controlled substance" charges are always
felonies and include drugs other than
cannabis. Controlled substance charges usually involve the following drugs:
The Illinois statute for controlled substances is 720 ILCS 570/401 – 414.
Methamphetamine is listed separately under 720 ILCS 646/1 – 120.
Common Narcotics Charges in Chicago, IL
Drug-related charges are extremely common throughout the country. In Illinois,
charges for drugs other than cannabis usually occur in two broad categories:
possession under 720 ILCS 570/402 or manufacturing/delivering/possessing
with intent to deliver under 720 ILCS 570/401.
Possessing a drug without evidence of selling it is known as "simple
possession." You likely will be charged with simple possession if
you have a small amount, in one bag or container, and no scale is nearby.
On the other hand, you may be charged with manufacturing/delivering/possessing
with intent to deliver if you have a large amount, have multiple containers,
or a scale is nearby. Obviously, if you deliver to an undercover officer
or an informant, you will be charged with delivery.
Regardless of whether you are charged with simple possession or something
more, the government has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt
that you knowingly possessed the drug. As with all drug charges, you cannot
be convicted of possessing something you were unaware of. Additionally,
even if you knowingly possessed the drug, the evidence may be suppressed
if law enforcement disregarded the Constitution in order to arrest you.
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Alternatives to a Prison Sentence
Chicago Defense Attorney Thomas Hallock's primary goal is always to obtain a complete dismissal
of your charges or a not guilty verdict at trial. If this is not an option,
his fallback position is to obtain court supervision or expungeable probation.
Both options give you the opportunity to avoid incarceration and dispose
of the charges without a conviction. Depending on the circumstances, you
may be able to remove the arrest from your
Contact Thomas C. Hallock if you need a skilled and committed drugs and
narcotics defense attorney in Chicago.
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