The state of Illinois has yet to pass a bill to legalize the use of medical marijuana. This means that possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis (marijuana) is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. The higher the amount in possession, the more severe the penalties become. The highest penalty for marijuana possession is a Class 1 felony, which involves a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000.

An individual can also face charges of cultivating, growing, manufacturing, or possessing with intent to distribute (PWID) marijuana. The minimum sentence for these offenses is a Class B misdemeanor, and the most serious is a Class X felony with a maximum fine of $200,000. In any of these situations, you could face lifelong consequences if convicted. Conviction of a marijuana crime will leave a black mark on your criminal record that future employers can see, preventing you from obtaining a decent job. You could also lose trust with your family and friends, so don't take chances. Retain a competent Champaign criminal defense lawyer right away to defend you from a marijuana crime conviction.

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Attorney Baku Patel has represented and defended clients in Champaign-Urbana and Central Illinois for nearly 20 years. He is a former federal prosecutor and is certified to defend capital murder cases before the Illinois Supreme Court, proving his skill and ability to defend difficult cases. If you are in need of aggressive and effective defense, contact Patel Law, PC right away and schedule your complimentary case evaluation. Our firm will work as a team to maximize your results and fight your criminal charges.