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Old 03-15-2012, 12:45 AM
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Default What to expect (drug charges)

What is the likely outcome of a first offender charged with:

- Possession with Intent to Distribute Cannabis 10-30 grams, Class 4 felony

Since this is a first offense, I understand probation might be an option. However, I'm more curious as to what would happen if they add additional charges, such as

- Possession of a Controlled Substance Less than 15 grams
- Delivery of Cannabis 10-30 grams

What is likely to happen to someone facing 2-3 felony drug charges? I know time is possible/likely, but I'm looking for info from people who've been in similar situations.

Also, can anyone reference cases/case law of apartment searches with more than one roommate?

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Old 03-15-2012, 02:26 PM
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Even with the other charges, probation is still the most likely outcome. 9/10, the additional charges will more than likely drop off. The charge that you have to worry about is the charge with the most proof behind it.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:03 PM
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Thanks, that's helpful and encouraging.

What about someone (not me) who is the victim of a CI and faces multiple Delivery of Cannabis charges, 10-30 and possible 30-500. He would be a first time offender as well. Charges haven't been filed yet.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:21 PM
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Also, are there mandatory minimum sentences for drug charges?

After an arraignment, what happens next and how long will it take? Are we talking weeks, a few months, several months till sentencing?

In plea bargaining, do prosecutors typically try to give the harsher sentence they can, or do they consider things like age, student status, first time offender, etc.?
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:29 AM
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Prison is on the table usually for some pretty substantial weight. Most first time offenders will qualify for probation or boot camp at the worst.

First time offense for a class 4 is 1-3 years in prison. Probation is likely. Expungement is quite possible. My suggestion in to take it a a gift if you get it and straighten up.

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Well, all I can tell u is that illinois doesn't play around w/weed cases. Mine got 11 years for his. Granted it was alot more (right around 5000 grams). But don't go into it fully expecting probation (altho it's definitely possible) cuz there's always a chance he could serve a little time. But u can always hope the judge is feeling generous sorry u can't be of more help, I can only tell u my experience. good luck!!

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