Marijuana – possession, growing and selling – is illegal in Wisconsin, and there are serious criminal penalties for anyone who’s caught doing any of those things. While our neighbors to the west and south have made it legal to purchase pot for many people, it’s still against the law here. If you’re caught with drugs, you could benefit from working with a drug crime defense attorney in Wisconsin.
Should You Hire a Marijuana Defense Lawyer?
When someone is arrested for and charged with drug possession, that information stays on their record forever – and although some crimes can be sealed from public view, that can only happen under very specific circumstances. That means you want to get the best possible outcome in your case, and for many people, that also means working with a marijuana defense lawyer.
Related: Marijuana laws in Wisconsin
You can get into serious trouble over marijuana. When you have pot on you, the state can charge you with possession of a controlled substance. If it’s your first offense with THC or marijuana, you could spend up to 6 months in jail and pay a fine of up to $1,000. If it’s your second or subsequent conviction, you’re looking at a Class I felony. A Class I felony can send you to prison. In fact, these are the possible penalties:
- Up to 1 year and 6 months in prison
- Up to 2 years of extended supervision
- Fines of up to $10,000
- Loss of your driver’s license*
*When you’re convicted of any drug offense in Wisconsin, the judge in your case has to suspend your driving privileges for at least 6 months. The judge can suspend your license for up to 5 years, and that time is on top of the time you’re incarcerated.
Do You Need to Talk to a Marijuana Defense Lawyer?
If you’re accused of a drug crime (any drug crime – not just pot), it may be in your best interest to talk to a marijuana defense lawyer who can help you. Call us at 414-383-6700 now to schedule your free consultation with an attorney – we’ll help you get the best possible outcome in your case.