In Illinois, drug charges are not a crime to be brushed under the rug. Illinois takes drug convictions very seriously. So much so, that a single drug crime conviction can completely upend one’s life and permanently put a black mark on one’s criminal record and, subsequently, their job and education opportunities.
Even a charge without the intent to sell can be damaging. A single conviction could cost the user up to $25,000 in jail and prison time. Based on the substance you are caught with, the penalties can differ. If you were convicted, and your criminal record doesn’t raise alarm, you could be eligible to serve special probation (710 or 1410 probation) or attend drug court to avoid prison time and harm to your criminal record.
Drug arrests have dipped by 42%
Illinois sees its fair share of drug crimes, especially in Chicago. Since Illinois enacted its stay-at-home order on March 21st, numerous businesses had to close their doors, leading to soaring unemployment numbers.
This economic slump is impacting drug sales. Dealers aren’t able to move their drugs because many drug users don’t have the money to buy.
Raised security measures, gang truces, and the fear of contracting the virus has also contributed to decreasing arrests.
The dips in arrests and crime have occurred all around the world. Peru has seen criminal activity decrease by 84% in March, New York has seen a decline of 12%, and South Africa has witnessed serious assaults drop from 2,673 cases to 456.
Those charged still need advocates
If you face an arrest for a drug crime, it’s vital to have an attorney on your side that understands both sides of the law. Everyone deserves a fair chance when defending the charges against them.