Possession of a controlled substance – the official name for drug charges in Wisconsin – is a serious offense. If you’re convicted, you could be looking at time in jail or prison. But is there a way to fight drug charges? Here’s what you need to know.
Can You Fight Drug Charges in Wisconsin?
You are entitled to disagree with any criminal charges the state has levied against you, which means you absolutely can fight drug charges in Wisconsin. Most people choose to work with a Wisconsin drug crime defense attorney to get the best possible outcome. There are a handful of possible defenses, with the most common being:
- The police committed unlawful search and seizure
- The drugs weren’t yours
- You were forced to hold or transport the drugs for someone else
Here’s a closer look at each.
#1. The Police Committed Unlawful Search and Seizure
If the police illegally obtain evidence against you, it’s not admissible in court. That means if the police conducted an unlawful search of your property and found drugs, the court can (and will) refuse to accept it as evidence.
#2. The Drugs Weren’t Yours
Sometimes people are arrested on suspicion of drug crimes when the drugs aren’t even theirs. For example, if you gave your cousin and her friend a ride to school, and her friend dropped a joint in your car without your knowledge, and you’re later arrested for possessing that joint, your attorney may be able to show the court that the drugs weren’t yours and that you didn’t know they were in your car.
#3. You Were Forced to Hold or Transport Drugs for Someone Else
When someone threatens you and forces to hold or transport drugs for them, you may have a valid defense against drug charges. Your attorney will have to show the court that you had the drugs against your will and that you were only holding or transporting them because you were afraid of what would happen if you refused.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About How to Fight Drug Charges?
If you’ve been accused of a drug crime, we may be able to help you fight your charges. Call us at 414-383-6700 now to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.Carlos Gamino