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Experienced Defense Against Drug Crime Charges in Wisconsin

Possession of controlled substances, such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs, is one of the most common criminal charges prosecuted in Wisconsin courts. The state criminal justice system follows the federal drug “schedules” which list controlled substances according to their degree of potential for abuse. If you are found in possession of any of these drugs, your life can be seriously altered. Not only will you face criminal penalties, but you may lose your driver’s license. A conviction will also leave you with a permanent criminal record that can damage future opportunities for employment, educational aid, housing, and more.

At the Law Office of John Anthony Ward, you can get experienced legal representation designed to put you in the best position for a favorable outcome. Attorney John Anthony Ward is a seasoned trial lawyer who has conducted more than 200 jury trials throughout his long career. With 35 years of experience and a top rating through peer reviews from Martindale Hubbell®, our Kenosha drug crime defense attorney provides outstanding legal ability and dedication to your case. Your choice of attorney is one of the most important decisions you will make in regard to drug charges. You will have peace of mind knowing your case is in top professional hands when you retain our services.

Have you been arrested for a drug crime? Call the Law Office of John Anthony Ward today at (262) 205-6599 or contact us online for a free consultation with our drug crime attorney in Kenosha. Bilingual Spanish available.

Drug Charges in Wisconsin

Drug charges involve any activity related to controlled substances, which can include not only possession, but sales and distribution, manufacturing, cultivation, and high-level drug trafficking. These crimes involve the drugs mentioned above as well as unauthorized prescription drugs, such as:

  • Hydrocodone
  • OxyContin
  • Vicodin
  • Adderall
  • Fentanyl
  • And other medicines

They are often harshly prosecuted, leading to long jail or prison terms and excessive fines instead of rehabilitation for those suffering from addiction. Having a trusted attorney on your side is imperative if you wish to avoid or reduce such penalties.

The laws pertaining to controlled substances are complex. It is important to remember, however, that each element of any crime must be proven by the prosecutor to get a conviction. You are innocent until proven guilty.

What are the Penalties for Drug Possession In Wisconsin?

Possession means that the drugs were under your control, such as on your person, in your home, vehicle, or office, or in another location which you controlled. You can be charged with possession even if the drugs belonged to someone else.

Examples of penalties you may face include:

  • First offense for possession of cocaine or methamphetamine is charged as a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of up to one year in jail and/or fines of up to $5,000

  • Second offense for cocaine or methamphetamine possession is charged as a felony punishable by a maximum of up to three and a half years in prison and fines of up to $10,000

  • A first offense for possession of heroin is charged as a felony carrying penalties listed above

Marijuana Offenses in Wisconsin

While many states have legalized both recreational and medical marijuana, it is still a crime in Wisconsin to possess any amount.

  • A first offense of marijuana possession is charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and/or fines of up to $1,000
  • A second offense is charged as a felony
  • Possession of marijuana paraphernalia is also a misdemeanor carrying up to 30 days in jail and fines of up to $500
  • Sale, delivery, or cultivation of marijuana are all felonies

Sentences are based on the quantity involved which can include up to 15 years in prison and fines of up to $50,000.

Contact Our Kenosha Drug Crime Attorney Today

Being charged with a drug crime can seem hopeless. However, all hope is not lost when you have a competent defender in your corner. You must act quickly and take proactive measures by contacting our firm as soon as possible and refraining from talking to anyone about your case until you do so. We know how to investigate the charges, find weaknesses in the state’s evidence, and use those weaknesses in building an effective defense.

Contact the Law Office of John Anthony Ward today to speak with our Kenosha drug crime lawyer.

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