Davenport, IA asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Illinois

Q: What happens if a 17 year old is caught with an ounce of marijuana

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Cheryl Powell

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Mt Vernon, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Typically, they get a small fine.

William Wolf

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: That depends. Simple possession of that amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense.

Possession with the intent to deliver that amount is a felony.

This will almost certainly be handled in juvenile court. The possible consequences are court probation (or perhaps supervision), time spent being locked up in the juvenile detention center, or, depending on your record, being sentenced to the juvenile department of corrections (unlikely, but possible).

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