According to Illinois Drug Paraphernalia Control Act (720 ILCS 600), drug paraphernalia includes any items (materials, products, or equipment) that are owned with the intention to be used unlawfully in the:
- Manufacturing/growing and production of controlled substances as defined in the Illinois or federal Controlled Substances Acts;
- in the packaging and distribution of controlled substances; or
- in the usage/administering of controlled substances
Most commonly, drug paraphernalia includes devices used to administer controlled substances (bongs, pipes, syringes) as well as some common household items used in drug packaging and distribution.
Penalties for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Illinois – 2017
Possession of drug paraphernalia without an intent to sell is generally classified as a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Illinois, with the possible consequence of serving up to 1 year in jail.
One exception in the state of Illinois where possession of drug paraphernalia may result in less than a misdemeanor is if you are found in possession of drug paraphernalia simultaneously to being found in possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. In such a case, the penalty for possession of drug paraphernalia may be a civil law violation instead of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of no less than $100 and no more than $200.
On the other hand, the consequences of possession of drug paraphernalia can be more severe than a Class A misdemeanor if you are convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia with an intent to sell.
Contact a Chicago and DuPage Drug Lawyer Today
In many instances, a possession of drug paraphernalia conviction on your record can have a substantial impact on your future. If you are facing possession charges and looking at a possible misdemeanor or felony conviction, it is in your best interest to seek quality legal representation with an experienced drug crimes defense attorney.
To speak to an attorney today or to schedule a free consultation, contact Dolci & Weiland drug crimes defense attorneys.
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