Milwaukee Drug Crime Lawyer: Wisconsin & Federal Narcotics Offenses
Anyone accused of a drug trafficking crime in Milwaukee, Wisconsin should seek legal representation urgently. Importantly, you want to find a lawyer with experience defending Wisconsin drug trafficking crimes, such as our Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers. For example, charges that constitute drug trafficking include:
- possession with intent to deliver
- delivery of a controlled substance
- maintaining a drug house
- manufacturing controlled substances.
In particular, if you face serious drug trafficking charges you need an influential Milwaukee drug crime lawyer who can protect your rights. Indeed, whom you pick as your attorney may be the most crucial decision you make to stay out of prison. Therefore, you want to find the best Wisconsin drug trafficking defense lawyers in Milwaukee to fight for you. For instance, our skilled Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys will fight hard for you.
Presenting a Strong Defense against State or Federal Drug Charges: Possession of Narcotics, Intent to Deliver, Manufacturing, or Maintaining a Drug House in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
We represent clients in all types of narcotics offenses. Above all, we present an aggressive defense. Our firm litigates suppression motions based on everything in your case. Specifically, we move to suppress warrantless searches and seizures, improperly executed warrants, coerced confessions, and illegal police conduct. Additionally, our investigators know how to uncover unscrupulous informants and help us win jury trials for clients facing severe penalties for drug trafficking. Therefore, let our knowledgeable Milwaukee drug charge and trafficking lawyers find the best defense to keep you out of jail and get back to your life.
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Distribution of Narcotics Offenses in Wisconsin
Specifically, Wisconsin charges of Delivery or Manufacturing a Controlled Substance in violation of § 961.41(1) will include allegations that:
- a person delivered or manufactured a substance
- the substance was a controlled substance or controlled substance analog
- the person knew or believed that the substance was a controlled substance or controlled substance analog.
Additionally, someone charged in Wisconsin with Possession with Intent to Deliver or Manufacture a Controlled Substance contrary to § 961.41(1m) will see allegations that they:
- possessed a substance
- the substance possessed was a controlled substance or analog
- knew or believed that the substance was a controlled substance or analog
- intended to deliver or manufacture the controlled substance.
Similarly, a person with charges for Creation, Manufacture, Distribution, or Delivery of an Imitation Controlled Substance, in violation of Wisconsin Statutes § 961.41(2) or (4)(am) or (bm) is alleged to have:
- delivered a substance
- represented to the recipient that the substance was a controlled substance
- the substance was not a controlled substance
- known the substance was not a controlled substance.
Finally, charges of Maintaining a Drug House in Wisconsin, contrary to § 961.42 may result when allegations indicate the person
- kept or maintained a structure or place
- used the structure or place for manufacturing, keeping, or delivering a controlled substance;
- kept the place knowingly
Sentencing consequences if convicted of drug trafficking offenses
In particular, the maximum sentence for trafficking narcotics is based on the substance and the amount. Similarly, the maximum sentence for manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, cocaine, heroin, LSD, meth, mushrooms, and THC will depend on the specifics of the substance and the amount trafficked. The potential penalties at sentencing, upon conviction for any of these offenses, range according to the illegal substances, as indicated below:
- Cocaine and cocaine base: Class C, D, E, F or G Felony, depending on quantity.
- Heroin or phencyclidine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, methcathinone, or GHB: Class C, D, E or F Felony, based on the amount.
- Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), or psilocin or psilocybin (Mushrooms): Class E, F or G Felony, based on quantity.
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC/Marijuana): Class E, F, G, H, or I Felony, depending on the amount.
In contrast, the maximum possible sentence for trafficking an imitation controlled substance is much less. In particular, manufacture or delivery of, or solicitation to manufacture or deliver, an imitation controlled substance results in either a Class I Felony, or an unclassified misdemeanor. The offense carries a maximum of 6 months incarceration or a $500 fine.
However, if you maintain a drug house then the charge will be a Class I Felony in Wisconsin.
Required Driver’s License Suspension
Upon conviction for any drug offense, the judge must also impose a suspension on the person’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle. Thus, the minimum driver’s license suspension you can get is 6 months, to a maximum of 5 years. Similarly, the number of prior controlled substances offenses on your record determines eligibility for an occupational driver’s license.
Wisconsin Controlled Substance Penalty Enhancers
Wisconsin Statutes § 961.49 & 961.495 provide penalty enhancers for drug trafficking crimes in certain places. Therefore, the maximum term of imprisonment may increase by 5 years if the controlled substance offense:
- Involved distribution or delivery or possession with intent to deliver or distribute cocaine, cocaine base, heroin, LSD, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, or other narcotics
- And occurred in a public housing project or within 1,000 feet of a park, correctional facility, jail, public swimming pool, youth or community center, public or private school, or a school bus
The judge may also order up to 100 hours of community service for certain drug offenses.
Wisconsin Statute § 961.48 provides enhanced penalties for a second or subsequent felony drug offenses. Specifically, if the charged offense is:
- A class C or D felony: the maximum term of imprisonment may be increased by up to 6 years.
- A class E, F, G, H or I felony: the maximum term of imprisonment may be increased by up to 4 years.
In conclusion, our Milwaukee based drug trafficking crime defense attorneys also represent clients charged with simple possession drug offenses in Wisconsin. Therefore, for more information about our firm’s best state and federal drug trafficking defense lawyer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and any other Milwaukee drug crime lawyers please contact us today! We would also like to talk to you about any other Wisconsin criminal defense needs available in our office. Additionally, you can visit our informative Milwaukee criminal attorney resources page