DRUG TRAFFICKING DEFENSE IN CHICAGO
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Drug trafficking occurs when any amount of a controlled substance has been brought into Illinois with the intent of manufacturing or delivering. Since Chicago is so close to Indiana and Wisconsin, any controlled substance that is moved between the two states can be considered trafficked, no matter how much or how little you may have been accused of having. To make matters worse, Illinois has some of the highest rates of incarceration for drug crimes, showing how aggressive the prosecution can be during conviction.
Have you been accused of committing a drug trafficking crime? Whether you were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time or have been involved in a serious misunderstanding, you need to act fast to protect your future. Thankfully, there are numerous possible defenses that can be employed when you have been accused of a drug trafficking crime in Chicago.
Some of the most common narcotics involved in drug trafficking charges includes:
- Prescription medications
At Abdallah Law, we never take drug crime charges lightly. Our Chicago criminal defense team will fight tooth and nail to ensure you receive the fair treatment and justice you deserve in your case. With a 10.0 Superb rating from AVVO and inclusion in the Super Lawyers® list, we give our clients the confidence they need going into the courtroom.
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You could be up against life-altering consequences for a drug trafficking crime, which is why you cannot wait to obtain counsel and representation for your case. We offer free consultations and are available around-the-clock to answer any of your questions!
PENALTIES FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING IN ILLINOIS
Illinois does not take drug trafficking crimes lightly. In Article IV, section 401-413 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (720 ILCS 570), there are statutes that directly address trafficking crimes. It is clear that these crimes are intended to be heavily penalized under the law, especially drug crimes that profit from engaging others in drug crimes. In fact, all drug trafficking charges are considered felonies in the state.
You may be facing serious penalties for drug trafficking, such as:
- A minimum term of imprisonment of 4 to 10 years (for the lowest felony)
- Fines determined by the amount/type of drug involved ($75,000 on the "low" end)
- Permanent felony on your record
- Additional punishments depending on the factors involved
If you are charged with a Class X felony, the penalties will only increase, such as a maximum of 30 to 120 years in jail and up to $1,000,000 in fines.