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Sunday, March 23, 2014

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Rolling Meadows Drug Crimes: The Hard Facts

Being charged with a drug crime in Rolling Meadows will land you in the Cook County Courthouse, which can result in a conviction that never comes off your record. But what really happens when you’re charged with possession or tagged with the intent to distribute marijuana, cocaine or heroin?

Keep Your Priorities Straight

While it’s important to rely on your Rolling Meadows attorney to protect your rights, you need to know what those rights are – and the punishments you might be facing. Informing yourself is the best thing you can do right now, and your lawyer can answer all of your case-specific questions.

That said, even small drug possession charges can result in a judge from the Rolling Meadows Cook County Courthouse issuing a prison sentence.


Marijuana in Rolling Meadows

Generally, possession of cannabis in Rolling Meadows is a misdemeanor – unless you intend to deliver it or to sell it. It’s important to know that if you’re convicted of a marijuana-related misdemeanor in Cook County, you could spend a year in jail; if you’re convicted of a felony, you could spend between one and 50 years in prison.

Cocaine in Rolling Meadows

Possession of cocaine is considered a felony, and so is the intent to deliver or distribute it. If you’re convicted, the penalties can be harsh. You may end up spending the rest of your life in prison with a 50-year sentence.

Heroin in Rolling Meadows

Like cocaine, possession of heroin or the intent to distribute heroin is a very serious charge. Because both are felonies, you may face the same 50-year sentence.

If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in Rolling Meadows, you’re probably getting all kinds of advice from all kinds of people. While your family and friends are well-meaning, it’s important that you follow your lawyer’s advice – he’ll be able to give you case-specific guidance that protects you under Illinois law.

  

 


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