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Heroin: Felony Charges and Penalties

As a Schedule I drug, heroin is considered one of the most dangerous substances in the state of Illinois. Crimes related to the drug incur some of the harshest penalties available and mere possession of the drug will lead to a felony charge. With additional charges, the consequences for a heroin-related crime can be incredibly steep.

If you have been charged with a heroin crime, you may receive heavy fines and prison time. The exact nature of sentencing for a heroin crime depends on the amount of the substance involved in a given felony. The basic categories of the crime are as follows:

  • Possession: A Class 4 felony, with penalties ranging from 1 year in prison and $25,000 in fines to $200,000+ and 10-50 years in prison.
  • Sale: Selling heroin is a Class 2 felony. At a minimum, conviction will lead to sentencing of 3 years in prison; at a maximum, conviction will lead to as much as 60 years in prison.
  • Other sale charges: For selling any amount over 15g, a person will receive a Class X felony. A Class Y felony is reserved for sales within 1,000 feet of a school. Selling any amount to minors or within 1,000 feet of a safety rest or truck stop will lead to doubled penalties.
  • Trafficking: This is the most aggressive heroin charge, and is charged at state and federal levels. Trafficking less than 15g is a Class 1 felony, with penalties of 4-15 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. For more than 15g, a Class X felony can lead to 15-60 years in prison and $500,000+.

Contact a Qualified Lawyer

Don't wait to fight your heroin charges! A skilled DuPage County drug crime lawyer can provide the qualified defense you need, protecting your rights and combatting evidence. With more than 42 years of experience spanning 10,000 cases, the legal team at Martin & Kent, LLC is capable of handling even the toughest charges.

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