A West Side Chicago man was about 40 miles from his Lawndale home when he was recently arrested in suburban Joliet. The 25-year-old faces several serious charges, according to his hometown newspaper, including manufacture and delivery of a heroin-like substance, manufacture and delivery of a cocaine-like substance, possession of a weapon by felon and possession of a firearm by a street gang member.
The news report says that both weapons charges are Class 2 felonies punishable by three to seven years in state prison.
In Illinois, the state considers not only well-known drugs such as heroin and cocaine to be controlled substances, but considers the compounds used to manufacture the drugs to be controlled substances as well. Punishments for manufacturing and delivering (or intending to deliver) are even harsher than the severe penalties for felony possession.
Punishment for the manufacture and delivery of even less than a gram of heroin can be a Class 2 felony resulting in three to seven years in prison. When the amount increases, so do potential punishments.
For 1-15 grams, the charge escalates to a Class 1 felony that has a sentencing range of four to 15 years behind bars. Fines can go all the way up to $200,000
If a person is charged and found guilty of manufacture and delivery categorized as a Class X felony, the sentencing guidelines call for a minimum term in prison of six to 30 years. The maximum Class X sentence ranges from 15 to 60 years.
The numbers can be shocking to those entering the criminal justice system for the first time. That is why it is so important to contact a Chicago criminal defense attorney who understands the law and can analyze your case and find your best possible legal options.