The state of drug crimes is in flux throughout much of the United States. Yet while many states are moving away from harsh penalties for individual drug users, criminal penalties for the sale and manufacture of controlled substances continue to be among the harshest penalties in the criminal justice system. Any drug charge is a serious issue. However, a conviction for distribution can put you in prison for thirty years or more in some instances.
The Difference Between Possession, Distribution, and Manufacture Crimes
There are four major types of drug crimes under Illinois law:
- Possession of a controlled substance;
- Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance;
- Delivery of a controlled substance; and
- Manufacture of a controlled substance.
Possession simply means that you have a controlled substance under your personal control—in your car, in your home, or in your pocket. The amount must be consistent with personal use. If the amount is more than is reasonable for personal use you may be charged with intent to deliver a controlled substance. You can even be charged with intent to deliver for personal amounts of drugs that are wrapped and ready for sale....