An Illinois man is facing up to 64 years in prison for drug crimes. He was allegedly carrying large quantities of marijuana, fentanyl, and methamphetamine. A police officer pulled him over after noticing the heavily tinted windows on his vehicle. The officer assumed that the defendant’s windows were tinted beyond the legal limit. When he caught up to the defendant, he saw that the vehicle had a temporary Illinois license plate. The license plate was illegible due to water damage.
The police officer stated that he detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle when he spoke to the defendant. The defendant admitted that he had 3.5 grams of marijuana in his backpack, but denied there were any other drugs in the vehicle. When the officer searched the vehicle, he found a backpack containing raw marijuana and three packages of cannabis flower totaling 10.5 grams. He also found a brown powder substance and white crystal substance. Testing of the substances revealed that the substances were 417.2 grams of methamphetamine and 83.7 grams of fentanyl.
Even though Marijuana is now legal to use for medicinal and recreational purposes in Illinois, there are still circumstances in which the police can pull you over and search your vehicle. You can even face criminal charges, depending on what they find.
Illinois Drug Charges Have Serious Consequences
The defendant has been charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to deliver narcotics, both felony charges. He has also been charged with misdemeanor possession of tetrahydrocannabinol. If he is convicted of the methamphetamine charge, he could spend up to 40 years in prison or face a fine of up to $100,000, or both. If he is convicted of the narcotics charges, he could face up to 15 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000, or both.
Have You Been Charged with a Drug Crime? Here are Your Options
If you have been charged with a drug crime, your freedom is in jeopardy. Depending on the amount of illegal drugs you allegedly possessed or distributed, you could face up to a lifetime in prison if convicted. Attorney Thomas Glasgow has extensive experience with narcotics cases in Illinois. Over the past three years, he has worked as an investigator, prosecutor, and defense counsel for those facing state and federal narcotics charges. He can help you, too.
Hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer will give you the best chance possible of being cleared of your charges. The experienced criminal defense lawyers at Glasgow & Olsson will be able to explain the charges you are facing as well as the potential penalties. We will also use our negotiating experience to negotiate with the prosecutor in charge of your case. We will attempt to get your charges dismissed or to obtain a favorable plea bargain. Should your case proceed to trial, our trial-ready lawyers will provide you with an excellent legal defense in court.
Contact a Schaumburg Drug Crimes Lawyer Today
If you have been charged with a state or federal drug crime in Illinois, we can help. You deserve the best legal defense available. Contact us to arrange an initial consultation with one of our aggressive defense attorneys.