Drug laws in Illinois are complicated and confusing. Any drug charge can result in serious consequences, but the penalties are even harsher for those involving delivery or trafficking.
“Drug trafficking” means different things in different states. Illinois has its own definitions and charges associated with selling illegal substances. Here are the basics.
Trafficking vs. delivery
Illinois law – specifically, the Illinois Controlled Substances Act – establishes two types of criminal charges related to selling illicit substances:
- Delivery refers to selling or distributing drugs, whether for money, in exchange for other drugs or services, or for no compensation at all.
- Trafficking refers to bringing drugs or illicit substances across state lines into Illinois for the purpose of manufacturing, selling or distributing them.
A related charge is possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, which depends on the amount and substance involved and the presence of paraphernalia.
Penalties for drug delivery or trafficking
Delivery and trafficking are among the most serious types of drug offenses. Apart from cannabis-related charges, these offenses are felonies ranging from Class 4 for smaller amounts up to Class X – the harshest category. The severity of the charge depends on the type of substance involved.
Drug trafficking offenses are more serious than delivery, with a sentence that can double the maximum penalty for possession with intent to deliver. You could face many decades in prison if convicted.
Don’t take any drug charges lightly
As you can see, Illinois has harsh laws when it comes to selling or trafficking controlled substances. Don’t take chances when it comes to your freedom. A strong defense lawyer is essential for fighting the charges.