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Chicago Drug Crimes Law

Drug crimes fall under the jurisdiction of both state and federal laws, depending on the nature of the crime. Smuggling controlled substances and large quantity narcotic conspiracy cases are generally prosecuted at the federal level. Other drug crimes, such as possession, manufacture and drug trafficking within state boundaries, are usually prosecuted by the State of Illinois.

Most drug charges arise when police or other authorities search an individual, his or her car or home and discover possession of illegal drugs. The legality of the search and seizure often becomes a key factor in a case. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. An attorney experienced in handling drug crime cases may be able to effectively suppress evidence and get a case dismissed if Fourth Amendment rights were violated, even if a search warrant was issued. In Illinois, the State Constitution can sometimes provide additional rights and protections against illegal searches and improper police conduct. Acquiring a Chicago criminal lawyer at the outset of alleged charges is often crucial for a strong defense.

Examples of drug charges include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Drug Possession (small amount)
  • Drug Possession (large amount)
  • Possession With Intent To Sell
  • Drug Manufacture
  • Drug Distribution
  • Drug Sale
  • Drug Transportation
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Conspiracy
  • Drug Sale to Minors
  • Drug Sale On School Property
  • Prescription Drugs Fraud

Being convicted of drug charges can have dire, life changing consequences. In Illinois, a felony Class X drug offense carries a minimum sentence of six years, even higher for larger amounts, and heavy fines. Examples of felony Class X drug convictions include the possession with intent to distribute, manufacture or sell cocaine, heroin, LSD, morphine or methamphetamine. Use of a firearm may multiply the penalties. Also, drug crime committed within proximity of a school, church or public area may increase penalties. Drug crime can not only lead to conviction, jail or prison, it can also result in limited employment opportunities after serving your sentence, and deportation of non-citizens.

To arrange a consultation to discuss your concerns regarding drug charges, please call 312-368-0611 or use our online quick contact email

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