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Meth Labs Operations in Illinois

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Illinois meth labs, Oak Brook drug crimes defense lawyerMethamphetamine is an addictive drug that is a substantial public health risk. More than that, meth is also a drug that can be made of many household items, making it accessible to everyone. Its components are relatively simple, but its creation is dangerous and complicated and can lead to significant safety threats, including chemical burns, explosions, fires, and other injuries. Even “amateur” labs utilizing relatively simple methodology can lead to participants being convicted with felony drug offenses. Operating a meth lab is a serious offense in Illinois and involvement in such operations can have a substantial effect on your future.

Methamphetamine in Illinois

A recent news story summarized the 100-plus arrests made in Illinois’ own St. Clair County. Along with drugs come guns, violent criminals, violent offenses, and disputes over money, domain and power. Possession, use, and distribution of methamphetamine, while in itself a crime, may also lead to charges such as:

  • Assault;
  • Battery;
  • Weapons offenses;
  • Homicide or manslaughter charges;
  • Driving under the influence charges;
  • Possession or distribution charges;
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia charges; and
  • Reckless endangerment for operating a meth lab.

The chemical complexity of methamphetamine makes labs extremely dangerous. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency estimated over 800 meth laboratory incidents in Illinois in 2012 alone. These numbers are frighteningly high, given the amount of people one meth lab has the potential to affect.

The Consequences

Operating a meth lab is a felony in the state of Illinois. Fines of up to $200,000 may accompany severe prison sentences, particularly depending on the amount of meth in your possession or on your premises at the time of your arrest. Moreover, you may be required to place your name on the Illinois State Police Convicted Methamphetamine Manufacturer Registry,  which has the potential of interfering with your family, relationships, work, and personal life.

The Illinois Code of Laws singles out methamphetamine in many instances—making it stand above many of its other controlled substance counterparts. The punishments between drugs vary based on amount in possession and the nature and consistency of the drug (for instance, there is a notable difference in punishment between possessing crack cocaine and possessing cocaine in a purer form).

Illinois Methamphetamine Defense Attorneys

As is evidenced by the numerous programs Attorney General Lisa Madigan has implemented in her tenure, Illinois lawmakers take methamphetamine use and distribution extremely seriously.

At Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C., we understand that people may get involved in things more deeply than they intended; everyone makes mistakes. Our DuPage County drug defense attorneys will confidently, confidentially, and zealously represent you to ensure the best possible outcome for your unique situation. We are not here to stand in judgment of your previous actions; we genuinely believe that the mistakes you made in the past need not become the definition of your future. Contact us at 630-472-9700 today and let us help you make a change in your life for the better.

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