Understanding Wisconsin's drug possession laws -- II

In a previous post, we began discussing how drug possession charges can prove to be incredibly stressful for people from all walks of life given the possibility that a conviction could result in everything from incarceration and fines to a criminal record and tarnished reputation.

Recognizing this, we began exploring more about Wisconsin's drug possession laws in order to provide people with a better understanding of how the law works and how it might apply to their situation. Specifically, we discussed how state law places drugs and other illegal substances into one of five schedules with possession of schedule I drugs calling for the most stringent penalties. We'll examine these penalties in today's post. 

In general, those found to be in possession of schedule I or II narcotic drugs will be charged with a Class I felony, meaning that a conviction can result in a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to three years and six months in state prison.

As for those found to be possession of narcotic drugs that fall into schedule III, IV or V, this is typically charged as a misdemeanor, which is generally punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail.

It's worth noting that state law also sets forth special provisions covering possession of specific controlled substances, including marijuana and cocaine to name only a few.

  • Cocaine and cocaine base: A first offense conviction is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and/or up to a year in jail, while a second offense or subsequent conviction is punishable by up to $10,000 and/or up to three years and six months in state prison (a Class I felony)
  • Tetrahydrocannabinols (marijuana): A first offense conviction is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to six months behind bars, while a second offense or subsequent conviction is punishable by up to $10,000 and/or up to three years and six months in state prison (a Class I felony)

Here's hoping the foregoing information has not only proven enlightening but empowering, providing you with valuable insight into what can prove to be an arcane aspect of criminal law.

As always, if you are facing any manner of drug crime charges, consider speaking with a experienced legal professional who can explain the law, and protect both your rights and your future as soon as possible.

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