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Is Possession a Felony Offense in Illinois?

Is Possession a Felony Offense in Illinois?

Under Illinois laws, there are two different categories of drug possession, possession of a controlled substance (720 ILCS 570/402) & possession of marijuana (720 ILCS 550/4). Any illegal drug other than marijuana is categorized as a controlled dangerous substances (CDS). How much of a drug you have in your possession will dictate the kind of penalties that can follow.

Common controlled substances that are illegal include,

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Pentazocine
  • Ketamine
  • Morphine
  • methaqualone
  • PCP
  • LSD
  • methamphetamine
  • Peyote
  • Barbituric acid

Possession of Less than 15 Grams

Possession of a controlled substance less than 15 grams is classified as a Class 4 Felony. Penalties for this offense include up to $25,000 in fines and jail time of 1-3 years.

Possession of More than 15 Grams

Possession of a controlled substance more than 15 grams is considered a Class 1 Felony. The specific penalties depend on the type of controlled substance and how much of the substance is in the individual’s possession.

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