Illinois Delivery of a Controlled Substance Law

Delivery of a Controlled SubstanceWhat is Delivery of a Controlled Substance?

If you are charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, this means that the state is claiming that you basically sold drugs to someone.  You can be charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance even if no money was exchanged. Delivery of a Controlled Substance is much more serious than Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Possession of a Controlled Substance merely means that you had illegal drugs in your possession.  The law punishes the Delivery of a Controlled Substance much more severely than the mere possession.  You may be charged with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance.  This means that the state is claiming that you were trying to sell illegal drugs before you were arrested.  Another possible charge is the Manufacture of a Controlled Substance.  If you are charged the Manufacture of a Controlled Substance this basically means that the state is claiming that you used chemicals to make an illegal drug.  All of the crimes, other than Possession of a Controlled Substance are similar in that they are treated more harshly than Possession of a Controlled Substance.

What Are the Penalties for Delivery of a Controlled Substance?

The following drugs are the usual drugs involved in Delivery of a Controlled Substance cases:  Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Cocaine, Prescription Drugs, Ecstacy, Mushrooms, LSD.  Cocaine, either in powder or crack form, are the most common drug involved in Delivery of a Controlled Substance cases.
Here are the penalties for Delivery of a Controlled Substance:
-Under a Gram:  Class 2 Felony which carries a possible prison sentence of 3 to 7 years.  Probation is an available option.
-From 1 to 15 Grams:  Class 1 Felony which carries a possible prison sentence of 4 to 15 years.  Probation may be an available option.
-From 15 to 100 Grams:  Class X Felony which carries a mandatory minimum of 6 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison.  Probation is not available for a Class X Felony.
-From 100 to 400 Grams:  An enhanced Class X Felony which carries a mandatory minimum of 9 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison.  Probation is not available.
-From 400 to 900 Grams:  An enhanced Class X Felony which carries a mandatory minimum of 12 years in prison to a maximum of 50 years in prison.  Probation is not available.
-Excess of 900 Grams:  An enhanced Class X Felony which carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison to a maximum of 60 years in prison.  Probation is not available.

Why Hire the Legal Defenders for Your Delivery of a Controlled Substance Case?

I have a proven track record of fighting and winning drug cases.  I have won cases that other lawyers would be afraid to take.  I will go over all the evidence and make sure that the state followed the law.  I will challenge the state’s case vigorously.  Many Delivery of a Controlled Substance cases involve issues concerning search warrants, probable cause to stop you and conduct a search, bad information used to obtain a search warrant, whether the search exceeded the scope of the search warrant, whether consent to search was obtained and whether the state will be trying to use your statement and if that statement was appropriately obtained. Because of my extensive experience, I can spot issues that other, less experienced attorneys, will not even realize are there.  As I poke holes in the state’s case, the state will often back down and reduce or dismiss the charges as their case starts to crumble.  I will stop at nothing to win your case.

If you hire me, you will get my personal cell phone number.  I work with a team of lawyers and will use our collective efforts to pool our resources to win your case.  You can contact me anytime to discuss your case or have any of your questions asked.  I will guide you through the legal process and make sure you always know what is happening with your case and understand what is happening.

If you have a Delivery of a Controlled Substance case, give me a call.  I 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 in delivery of controlled substance cases.  If you have a delivery of a controlled substance 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 Controlled Substances Act, 720 ILCS 570.