Accused of a Drug Crime?
Frequently Asked Legal Drug Crime Questions
What will happen to me if I am accused of a drug crime in Wisconsin?
It’s one of the first questions many of our clients ask. The truth is that it’s often difficult to predict the outcome of criminal matters because there are so many unique facts and legal issues involved in each case.
At Levine Law, we have the extensive experience necessary to protect the constitutional rights of people facing drug charges. Having handled thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases, our Milwaukee drug crime attorneys know which strategies will protect your interests and achieve the best possible results.
Should I contact a lawyer before speaking with the police if I am accused of a drug crime?
If you are being charged with a drug crime or are under pre-investigation, it is critical to speak with us as soon as possible. Early action gives us the time to fight for you. At our law firm, we remind clients that legal motions are our arsenal, allowing us to challenge constitutional issues. Our focus is on fighting hard to protect your constitutional rights.
We also remind clients not to take action on their own. Do not speak to the police without your lawyer present. Even statements that seem harmless could lead to trouble, so it’s best to seek the experienced guidance we provide before you meet with a detective, give permission for a search, turn yourself in or take other legal action.
Can I fight charges if I am suspected or accused of a drug crime in Wisconsin?
Should I contact a lawyer if I am accused of a drug crime in a search and seizure case?
Most criminal cases — especially drug cases — are fought and won on search and seizure issues. The case depends on whether the police violated your constitutional rights when collecting evidence against you. Our focus is on protecting your rights, and we do so by keeping illegally obtained evidence out of the courtroom.
Serving Milwaukee and areas throughout southeastern Wisconsin, we handle even the most complex charges involving a range of drugs and drug offenses, including:
- Drug possession
- Possession with intent to distribute/drug distribution
- Operating a drug house
- Drug conspiracy/conspiracy to distribute
- Drug manufacturing
- Drug cultivation, including growing marijuana
- Prescription medication and opioid offenses
- Federal drug charges
Each case is different. Drug cases arise from many circumstances. Sometimes, a drug charge begins with a traffic stop. Other times, defendants are stopped on the street by police. Many are set up by snitches who are secretly working with Wisconsin law enforcement.
Is possession with intent to distribute a felony in Wisconsin?
Possession with intent to distribute is a felony in Wisconsin, and the severity of the sentencing or fines depends on the drug in question.
- Possession of cocaine (1st offense) carries a penalty of 1 year and jail and fines upwards of $1,000.
Secondary offenses are a Class I felony with 3+ years.
- Possession of heroin is an automatic felony with 3+ years in jail and fines of $10,000.
- Possession of marijuana is often charged as a civil offense, but depending on prior convictions you may lose your license or accrue a fine.
- Criminal possession of THC can land you in prison for up to 6 months, and a 3+ year prison sentence depending on prior convictions.
If you are facing possession charges, call us at 414-271-9585 to speak with our legal team.
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