The effects of a marijuana crime conviction can be surprisingly harsh. America's aptly called "War on Drugs" has resulted in harsh prosecutions and penalties for those accused of a drug crime involving marijuana. If you have been charged with marijuana use or marijuana cultivation, your next step should be contacting a criminal defense attorney.
At Glasgow & Olsson, we defend clients throughout Chicagoland who have been charged with drug crimes involving marijuana and other illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy, and methamphetamine. To learn more, or to schedule a free initial consultation, contact a Schaumburg marijuana cultivation defense attorney.
In Illinois, possessing a small amount of marijuana (2.5 grams or less) is considered a misdemeanor crime, and can result in up to 30 days in jail and up to $1,500 in fines. The penalties for marijuana possession increase substantially when a larger amount of marijuana is involved.
Depending on the amount of marijuana involved, a person could be charged with marijuana possession, or with possession with intent to sell. Marijuana intended for personal use is a considered a less serious offense than possessing marijuana with the intent of selling it.
If you have no prior criminal record and we successfully defeat the drug possession charge, we can seek to have the arrest cleared (or expunged) from your record.
Cultivating five marijuana plants or fewer is considered a misdemeanor crime in Illinois. A conviction could lead to one year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.
Cultivating five or more marijuana plants in Illinois is considered a felony crime. Penalties may specifically include:
- Five to 20 plants: One to three years in jail, up to $25,000 in fines
- Twenty to 50 plants: Two to five years in jail, up to $25,000 in fines
- More than 50 plants: Three to seven years in jail, up to $100,000 in fines
If you have been charged with marijuana cultivation, it is important to work with an attorney who understands what defense options are available based on the specific circumstances of your case. Schaumburg marijuana cultivation defense attorney Thomas Glasgow is a former prosecutor who understands both sides of a drug crime case. He will apply this experience when building a defense of marijuana cultivation charge, or any other drug crime.
Contact a Hoffman Estates Drug Use Charge Lawyer
If you have been charged with any drug crime, you can count on our firm for experienced and aggressive defense. Contact a Schaumburg marijuana cultivation defense attorney today or call (847) 577-8700 to schedule your consultation.
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