Fighting Charges of Marijuana Possession to Safeguard Your Future

Despite changing marijuana laws around the country, recreational marijuana use is illegal in Wisconsin. People caught selling the drug or simply in possession of marijuana face strict fines and jail time. Attorney John Anthony Ward has been dedicated to helping clients protect their rights, minimizing or avoiding drug charge penalties, for over 30 years. Based out of Kenosha, WI,  Mr. Ward is licensed to practice in both Wisconsin and Illinois. Reach the firm using our online form or call (262) 842-5162 to learn more. 

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Despite changing laws across the country, marijuana remains a strictly controlled substance in Wisconsin.

Medical Marijuana vs. Recreational Use

Marijuana plants contain over 100 chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids. Each cannabinoid has a different effect on the body. The state of Wisconsin allows people managing seizure disorders to use a single cannabinoid, called cannabidiol (CBD), which has no psychoactive effects. When marijuana is used recreationally, other cannabinoids affect the mind, giving a sense of euphoria or a “high.”

Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Possessing marijuana in any amount is a drug crime in our state. Penalties vary based on whether it is the defendant’s first offense, and whether the offense occurred within 1,000 feet of a school, youth center, public park, pool, housing project, jail, or drug treatment facility.

With over 30 years practicing criminal defense, Mr. Ward can make the strongest case possible to protect your rights today and in the future.

The first conviction is a misdemeanor that is punishable with a fine up to $1,000 and six months in jail. Second and subsequent convictions are considered felonies. A felony marijuana conviction incurs fines as high as $10,000 and three and half years in jail.

Cultivation and Sales

Cultivating or selling marijuana in any amount is a felony in Wisconsin. Penalties are largely dependent on the amount of marijuana grown or sold, with fines of $25,000 and up to 15 years in prison for the largest classified quantities (10,000 grams or more than 200 plants). Five years of jail time are added onto sentences if the defendant has sold to a minor or sold within a designated drug-free zone, which is defined as within 1,000 feet of a school, public park, jail, or similar type of area.

Synthetic Marijuana

As of 2011, the state of Wisconsin considers synthetic marijuana to be a controlled substance as well, making its use, possession, or sale illegal. Prior to 2011, synthetic marijuana was available over-the-counter at certain shops and even gas stations. Similar to marijuana, penalties for the possession of synthetic marijuana can result in fines of $1,000 and six months in jail. Subsequent convictions are also deemed a Class I felony, with fines as high as $10,000 and prison terms up to three and a half years.

Consider Legal Representation for Your Future

A marijuana conviction can have a rippling negative effect on your life. It can make it difficult to get or keep a job, as well as obtain a mortgage. Charges can create child custody issues and also represent a considerable financial burden. An experienced drug charges lawyer will have the legal skill to minimize sentencing and fines, or potentially have a case dropped. With over 30 years practicing criminal defense, Mr. Ward can make the strongest case possible to protect your rights today and in the future.

Take Action Today

Mr. Ward is available to meet with prospective clients and begin a case review. Learn your next legal steps by calling our office at (262) 842-5162, or filling out our online form.

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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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