Illinois law recognizes numerous controlled substances. These substances include such drugs as prescription pills, steroids, cocaine and heroin. The penalties associated with drug possession vary greatly depending on the drug and the amount. Possession (PCS) of certain types of drugs or certain amounts of drugs may trigger mandatory sentencing provisions. Furthermore, a conviction for the manufacture or sale of drugs may result in extensive imprisonment and fines.
The Compiled Statutes of Illinois indicate that “it is not the intent of the General Assembly to treat the unlawful user or occasional petty distributor of controlled substances with the same severity as the large-scale, unlawful purveyors and traffickers of controlled substances. However, it is recognized that persons who violate this Act with respect to the manufacture, delivery, possession with intent to deliver, or possession of more than one type of controlled substance listed herein may accordingly receive multiple convictions and sentences under each Section of this Act. To this end, guidelines have been provided, along with a wide latitude in sentencing discretion, to enable the sentencing court to order penalties in each case which are appropriate for the purposes of this Act.”
The best outcome for a person facing a controlled substance charge is to convince the prosecution to dismiss the case. However, if the prosecution is unwilling to dismiss the case, contacting a qualified Chicago criminal defense lawyer is the best option. They will review your case to determine whether a defense may apply. In most cases, the prosecutor must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, so if an agreement cannot be reached with the prosecutor or judge, your criminal defense attorney will be properly prepared to take your case to trial.