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Illinois Heroin Laws

Possession, sale, and trafficking of heroin is charged as a felony under Illinois' Controlled Substances Act. The penalty and prison sentence (if applicable) upon conviction depends on the amount of heroin, by weight; prior offenses; and aggravating factors, such as whether the offense happened within 1000 feet of a school. Prison sentences can range from one to more than 50 years.

The following table lists the charges and potential penalties under Illinois heroin laws. See FindLaw's Drug Charges section to learn more.

Code Section 720 ILCS 570/200, et seq.; Uniform Controlled Substances Act
Possession Less than 15 g.: Class 4 felony, fine of up to $25,000 or 1-3 yrs.; 15-99 g.: Class 1 felony, mandatory 4-15 yrs.; 100-399 g.: mandatory 6-30 yrs.; 400-899 g.: mandatory 8-40 yrs.; Over 900 g.: mandatory 10-50 yrs.; Fines for any offense involving 100 g. or more: greater of $200,000 or street value
Sale Less than 1 g.: Class 2 felony, 3-7 yrs.; more than 1 g. but less than 15 g.: Class 1 felony, 4-15 yrs.; 15-99 g.: 6-30 yrs.; 100-399 g.: 9-40 yrs.; 400-899 g.: 12-50 yrs.; Over 900 g.: 15-60 yrs.; Sale of amounts greater than 15 g. is a Class X felony; sale to minors: double penalties; Within 1000 ft. of truck stop or safety rest: double penalties; Within 1000 ft. of school: Class Y felony
Trafficking Less than 15 g.: Class 1 felony, 4-15 yrs., up to $250,000 fine; 15-99 g.:  6-30 yrs.; 100-399 g.: 9-40 yrs.; 400-899 g.: 12-50 yrs.; 900+ g.: 15-60 yrs.; for all trafficking charges over 15 g., Class X felony and fine of up to $500,000 or full street value.

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Illinois drug crime attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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