In the state of Wisconsin, possession of a Schedule I drug is illegal. These drugs are considered narcotics, and they include:
- Synthetic opiates
- Hallucinogenic substances
- MDMA (Ecstasy)
- Synthetic marijuana (such as Spice and K2)
- Methaqualone (Quaalude)
- Bath salts
What if You’re Accused of a Schedule I Drug Offense?
If you’re accused of a Schedule I drug offense, you could be looking at a felony – and a mandatory driver’s license suspension, too. It’s important that you contact a Milwaukee drug crime defense attorney as soon as you can (preferably before you answer any questions the police ask you).
You can ask your attorney any questions you have, and he or she will explain what happens between your arrest and the final outcome through the courts.
Penalty Enhancers for Schedule I Drug Crimes
If you have ever been convicted of a narcotics offense before, you’re subject to “penalty enhancers.” These are supposed to be deterrents – punishments that stop people from committing the same crime twice. You’re subject to penalty enhancers if your crime has to do with distribution, delivery or possession with intent to deliver when the offense occurs in a housing project or within 1,000 feet of a:
- Correctional facility
- Public swimming pool
- School bus
- Youth or community center
The penalty enhancers, if you’re convicted of the same crime two or more times, include a substantial increase in prison time. For a Class C or Class D felony, the judge could sentence you to up to 6 additional years imprisonment; for a Class E, F, G, H or I felony, the judge could sentence you to up to 4 additional years imprisonment.
If it’s a location-based penalty enhancer, the court can increase your term of imprisonment by up to 5 years. The court can order up to 100 hours of community service for certain offenses, too.
About the Required Driver’s License Suspension
The judge in your case – and in all drug cases – will be required by law to suspend your driver’s license if you’re convicted of a Schedule I drug offense. How long it lasts is up to the court, but the judge must suspend your license for at least 6 months (and he or she can suspend it for up to 5 years).
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Schedule I Drug Crimes?
If you’ve been accused of a Schedule I drug offense, we may be able to help you. Call us right away at 414-383-6700 for a free consultation with an experienced, knowledgeable and understanding attorney right now.