Prescription Drug Charges in Illinois
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If you have been charged with the possession or sale of prescription drugs
in Arlington Heights, you could be looking at either a misdemeanor or
a felony: These charges vary a great deal in Illinois. But one thing you
can be certain of is that you are facing the prospect of prison, fines,
and life with a criminal record.
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What are Illinois' penalties for prescription drug crimes?
The consequences you could face depend on the amount of the drug, and more
importantly, on the type of prescription painkiller or sedative. Prescription
medications can be listed as anything from a Schedule II to a Schedule
V controlled substance, a list that categorizes drugs according to their
chances of triggering dependency or leading to abuse.
Schedule II drugs, such as oxycodone, fentanyl, and OxyContin, serve medical
purposes but have high rates of addiction and abuse. On the other end
of the spectrum, Schedule V drugs may include cough medication. Schedule
III prescriptions include Vicodin, Codeine, ketamine, and anabolic steroids,
while Schedule IV drugs include Xanax and Valium.
In Illinois, the penalties for Schedule II prescription drugs could include:
- 4 to 15 years' prison and a $25,000 fine for prescription drug possession
- 5 to 60 years in prison for sale or trafficking of prescription drugs
For Schedule III and many other prescription drug charges, penalties could include:
- Up to 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine for a possession conviction
- 2 to 5 years' prison, $75,000 to $150,000 in fines for sale or trafficking
Clearly, there is quite the disparity between different charges. Every
situation is different and our Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyer
is equipped to find your
individualized defense by determining a specific strategy just for you. As a skilled advocate
in trial, our attorney can provide
highly rated representation that you can depend on, even in difficult circumstances.
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