Illinois has imposed severe penalties for drug crimes. They are among the most extreme in the nation. As such, all drug crimes cases should be handled with great caution and professional expertise. If not, you will be particularly liable to the full extent of the law, including high fines and long prison sentences. Read the information below carefully and contact one of our skilled Will County drug defense lawyers to ensure you have an aggressive defense for your possession of prescription drugs case.
Charges for prescription drug possession are on the rise. Unfortunately, many people develop dependency on medication while under a doctor’s care and are unable to cope with the dependency when their prescription ends, leading them to illicit means of attaining prescription drugs. Accordingly, prescription drug possession charges are being aimed at people of all walks of life, including those with no prior offenses and otherwise upstanding lives. You can be prosecuted for having even a single pill without a prescription.
The most common charges are for illegal possession and/or distribution of Vicodin, Xanax, Valium, Codeine, Oxycontin, Adderall, Ketamine, and Anabolic Steroids. Depending on their chemical makeup and how addictive they can be, medications are divided into different “schedules”. Below are some examples of Schedule II-IV prescription drugs.
Schedule II: Amphetamines, Morphine, and Opium
Schedule III: Codeine, Ketamine, Hydrocodone, and Anabolic Steroids
Schedule IV: Xanax, Valium, and Phenobarbital
Apart from possessing prescription drugs illegally, there is a complex of related laws designed to prevent the acquisition and circulation of prescription drugs. If you forge, alter, or obtain a prescription through fraudulent means, you are liable to criminal charges. Selling these prescriptions or even giving them to a friend or family member are also considered felonies.
Prescription drugs can be highly addictive and contribute to a large number of accidental deaths in the United States, which are the driving reasons for the steep penalties for prescription drug charges. As such, offenders are often prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Depending on the amount seized upon arrest, you could face between a Class 4 felony and a Class X felony. Class 4 felonies can carry three years in state prison and a $25,000 fine. Class X felonies can carry 60 years in prison and a fine of $25,000.
Possession of prescription drug charges should be taken seriously, even if you have been charged despite having a legitimate prescription, and especially when in conjunction with prescription fraud charges. Even if you are innocent of the charges leveled against you, it is nevertheless crucial to equip yourself with a proper legal defense by hiring a Will County criminal defense attorney.
Often the evidence for prescription drug charges is circumstantial. In still other cases, police obtain physical evidence against you without a proper warrant or probable cause. With the help of a discerning lawyer, there is a far better chance of exploiting the weaknesses in the case against you. Especially if the drug was not found on your person and/or if this is your first offense, you may stand an excellent chance of a favorable outcome with alternative sentencing options. However, if a large amount of medication was seized at the time of your arrest, you may face far more serious charges of drug trafficking, distribution, or delivery. In this situation, it is imperative that you contact a Will County drug defense lawyer immediately without talking to the police.
Michael Schmiege runs a boutique firm of nationally recognized criminal defense lawyers for Will County, including the cities of Joliet, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Romeoville, Lockport, and New Lenox. Give your future the best chance with our highly skilled defense strategies and understanding of prosecutor tactics. Aggressive, skilled legal counsel is always your best chance for a favorable outcome when your future is in jeopardy. Contact us immediately to ensure you have strong legal representation for drug charges in Will County.
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