Illinois Possession of Marijuana Law and Penalties

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Under 720 ILCS 550/4 it is against the law to knowingly possess any amount of marijuana in Illinois.  Illinois has legalized Medical Marijuana but recreational possession of marijuana is illegal in Illinois.
What Are the Penalties for Possession of Cannabis/Marijuana?
The penalties for Possession of Cannabis/Marijuana depends on the amount of marijuana you are caught with.  Here is a breakdown of the potential penalties based on the amounts involved:

Under 2.5 grams:  Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 30 days and a maximum fine of $2,500.
More than 2.5 grams and less than 10 grams:  Class B Misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 180 days and a maximum fine of $1,500.
More than 10 grams but not more than 30 grams:  Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500. (A second such offense is a Class 4 Felony.)
More than 30 grams but not more than 500 grams:  Class 4 Felony, punishable by a possible prison sentence of 1 to 3 years with probation a possible option.  (A second such offense is a Class 3 Felony.)
More than 500 grams but not more than 2000 grams:  Class 3 Felony, punishable by a possible prison sentence of 2 to 5 years with probation a possible option.
More than 2000 grams but not more than 5000 grams:  Class 2 Felony, punishable by a possible prison sentence of 3 to 7 years with probation a possible option.
More than 5000 grams:  Class 1 Felony, punishable by a possible prison sentence of 4 to 15 years with probation a possible option.

Why Hire the Legal Defenders for Your Possession of Cannabis/Marijuana Charges?

We have extensive experience representing people charged with Possession of Cannabis/Marijuana charges. We have won cases that other attorneys would be afraid to even take.  For one thing, we understand how difficult it is to be a defendant in a criminal case.  If you hire us, you will get your attorney’s personal cell phone number.  If you have any questions you can always call us or send us a text and we will answer your questions. We will keep you informed of what is happening on your case and exactly what we plan to do to help you win your case.
As soon as we obtain all of the evidence from the state we will look at any angle to challenge the evidence seized and the arrest.  We will explore whether the police had a right to detain you and conduct a search. Especially if the cannabis was found in your vehicle, in your residence, or on your person.  We will challenge the state’s case at every stage and make sure the police did their job.
The ultimate goal is to make sure you do not go to jail and that you avoid having a criminal conviction on your record.  There are certain programs and alternative programs that may be available which would avoid a criminal conviction on your record and we will explore all those options as well.  We will ask that you also help us by getting us letters from friends, family, clergy and employers or school records or other evidence to help us get you into an alternative program to avoid a criminal conviction.

If you are charged with Possession of Cannabis/Marijuana in Illinois, give us a call.  We can help.

James Dimeas is an award winning Chicago criminal defense attorney and author with more than 23 years of experience aggressively representing his clients against marijuana charges.  If you have a marijuana case in Illinois, contact me in Chicago (312-229-5500), DuPage and Kane (630-504-2096) or Lake (847-696-6458) for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal options.

Additional Resources

Illinois Possession of Marijuana Statute, 720 ILCS 550/4.