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How can opiate charges impact you?

Illinois residents who are charged with opiate or opioid related crimes have a lot at risk if they are convicted. At the Law Office of Philip R. Nathe, we work to provide you with information on the potential impact of convictions you may be facing.

Opioids and opiates are considered illicit drugs. As such, they fall under the jurisdiction of drug-related criminal activity. Illinois cracks down heavily on drug users and drug-related crimes, regardless of how many times you have committed any in the past. Just a few of the impacts you might suffer from if you are convicted of a drug-related crime include:

  • Fines
  • Prison sentences
  • Loss of financial aid or college grants
  • Trouble renting or leasing homes or apartments
  • Trouble getting hired due to charges showing up on your background check

As you can see, drug-related charges don’t just affect you in the present time. Though many people focus on the immediate issues like being sentenced to jail or having to pay huge fines and fees, the effects of a conviction can last for years after the initial penalty is over. Drug convictions make it harder for you to find housing or employment, which can make reintegration into society incredibly hard.

If you are currently facing an opiate or opioid charge, consider taking a look at our web page on opiate offenses, linked here. You can look at potential ways to defend yourself against these charges and learn more about the repercussions so you understand what exactly you are facing.