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Strong Legal Defense Against Opioid-Related Charges
An opioid is considered a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) by law. Although some opioids are prescription medications, others exist in illegal forms. This type of opioids includes heroin and synthetic substances such as fentanyl. Even medications can be illegal without a valid prescription.
Whether purchased legally through a prescription or through an illegal dealer, opioids reduce pain but are also highly addictive. Since 2008, opioid overdoses in Illinois have claimed thousands of lives. As a result, laws concerning this class of drugs are strict and vigorously enforced.
Under Illinois law, opioids are schedule I and II substances, schedule I being the most severe category. Here are some examples of the penalties involved with illegal opioid possession and sale, if a conviction ensues. The charge for possession of a schedule II substance such as oxycodone without a valid prescription is a Class 1 felony. If convicted, you will serve from four to 15 years in prison and pay up to a $25,000 fine for a first offense with possession of a small amount. The conviction of selling these types of CDS pushes penalties up to $250,000.
Protect Your Rights With Skilled Legal Counsel
If you are charged with possession or sale of a controlled substance, skilled legal help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer is crucial. Other criminal charges associated with opioid use include driving under the influence of drugs, theft and committing fraud to obtain prescriptions. Lawyers at Majer, Sheen & Piereth, P.C., are knowledgeable about all types of criminal charge defense and are ready to help you preserve your rights. Call our office at 630-553-7788 or contact us by email to schedule a consultation about your situation.