If you’re like many people who are arrested for drug possession in Milwaukee – especially if this is the first time this has happened to you – you aren’t quite sure what will happen (or what you should do) next. Will you go to jail? Will you lose your job? You probably have several other questions, too.
For most people, the best choice is to call a Milwaukee drug possession defense lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney can give you case-specific advice and tell you about possible outcomes for your case, as well answer all of your questions.
What Happens After You’re Arrested for Drug Possession?
After police arrest you for drug possession in Milwaukee or a suburb, they’ll most likely take you to jail to be “booked.” That’s where they gather information on you, like your name and date of birth, and they’ll take your fingerprints and a photo.
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Police or other investigators might try to ask you questions during the time you spend in jail. They might even tell you that if you cooperate with them and tell them the truth about why you had the drugs, or what you were going to do with the drugs, that the judge will “go easy” on you – or that they’ll let you go.
Don’t fall into the trap. Do not try to explain yourself to the police at all. Simply let them know you need to talk to a lawyer before you can talk to them. That’s because our jails and prisons are filled with innocent people – people who thought they could explain themselves to the police and everything would be fine.
Wait until you get guidance from your attorney before you talk to police. We can’t stress this enough.
When the court can put you on its calendar, you’ll appear before a judge. At that hearing, which is called your arraignment, the judge will formally charge you with a crime. You’ll have the opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty to the crime at that time – and hopefully you will have contacted an attorney who is there with you during the hearing. Your attorney can tell the judge whether you’re pleading guilty or not guilty (after he or she has had a chance to evaluate your case and figure out the course of action likely to get you the best possible outcome).
If you end up going to trial, your lawyer will represent you there, too.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Drug Possession Charges in Milwaukee?
Call us right now at 414-383-6700 for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer today. We’ll do what it takes to get you the best possible outcome.