A Drug Charge Lawyer Fighting for Clients for Over 30 Years

Drug charges can have a significant impact on your freedom and future rights. As your drug charge lawyer in Kenosha, WI, John Anthony Ward utilizes advanced legal strategies, diligently researches the circumstances of your arrest, and employs his vast knowledge and resources to help you achieve the best possible outcome. With over 30 years of experience, he can fight to reach the most advantageous outcome for you. He is also licensed to practice in Illinois. To learn more about your next steps, contact the firm online or call (262) 842-5162.

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Drug charges can have lasting implications on virtually every area of your life, so we look critically at both immediate and long-term consequences.

Common Charges

Statistics published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse speak to the surge in heroin and opioid use nationwide. From 2013 to 2016, synthetic opioid deaths in the U.S. increased an astonishing eightfold, from about 2,500 to over 20,000. In that same period, heroin deaths doubled, rising from approximately 7,500 to over 15,000.

Mr. Ward utilizes advanced legal strategies and employs his vast knowledge and resources to help you achieve the best possible outcome. 

Given the proliferation of heroin and opioid use, these two substances represent a large portion of drug cases in Wisconsin. In Kenosha County, being charged with drug delivery resulting in death carries particularly harsh consequences. Cocaine and marijuana are also often connected to drug cases.

Penalties for Drug Charges

Being convicted of possessing or selling an illegal substance is punishable with jail time and fines. Penalties for these crimes depend largely on the type of drug, among other factors.


Prescription drugs for personal or recreational use are considered controlled substances and are subject to charges and punishment like other drug crimes under Wisconsin law. Prescription opiates and opioids like codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone are classified as Schedule II controlled substances. Unlawful possession of these drugs is considered a felony with a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to three and half years in prison.


This powerful opiate is categorized as a Schedule I drug. This means that possession or sale of heroin in any amount is a felony. Penalties for heroin possession can be severe, with fines up to $100,000 and jail time from six months up to 40 years. The penalty depends on the amount of heroin, the location of the crime, and if the defendant has prior offenses. First- and second-time drug crime defendants in certain jurisdictions may be given the opportunity for treatment programs and other rehabilitation alternatives in lieu of serving a lengthy jail sentence.


Cocaine and crack are among the most heavily trafficked illegal drugs in Wisconsin. Regardless of the amount of cocaine, possession can result in a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Defendants convicted of selling cocaine may face 40 years in prison and a hefty $100,000 fine. Like most other drug laws, punishment is more severe depending on the amount of cocaine involved, and whether the defendant has a criminal record.


Wisconsin state law allows medical marijuana use, but in a very limited scope. Only a form of cannabidiol (CBD) which does not have psychoactive effects and is used to treat a seizure disorder is allowed under law. A first-time offense of marijuana possession is a misdemeanor punishable by six months of jail time and a $1,000 fine. The second possession offense or sale offenses are considered felonies.

How Mr. Ward Fights for You

Backed by over three decades of criminal defense experience, Mr. Ward can make the winning argument that reduces your charges or gets them dropped altogether. He is knowledgeable in defense tactics such as scrutinizing unreasonable search and seizure violations, and reviewing crime lab analyses to ensure the drugs from the case are accurately presented during trial. He is diligent in his investigations and in the advice he offers, ensuring his decision-making and legal strategies complement his clients’ best interests.

Protect Your Future

Even if you decide to cooperate with law enforcement, you need a dedicated lawyer by your side. During a consultation with Mr. Ward, he can review the facts of your case and advise you on your legal options. Schedule an appointment today by calling us at (262) 842-5162, or reaching out to us online.

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"Mr. Ward and his professional team proceeded tenaciously to build a strong case in my favor. His in-depth knowledge of the law resulted in my twelve year old felony becoming just a misdemeanor. Mr. Ward is the third attorney to work on my case, but the only one who achieved positive results."

Emily Rogers


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3636 80th St
Kenosha, WI 53142

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