Drug possession charges are serious in Milwaukee and elsewhere in Wisconsin – and if you’re reading this, you already know that.
So what are you supposed to do if you’re hit with drug possession charges?
This guide explains what happens next and what you can do about it.
What to Do if You Pick Up Drug Possession Charges in Milwaukee
If you’re arrested and charged with drug possession, you have the right to call an attorney and get legal advice. The police may try to ask you questions or say that if you tell the truth, the judge will go easy on you. However, in the vast majority of cases, the best thing to do is politely tell investigators that you want to speak to an attorney before you speak to them.
What Your Lawyer Will Do
Your lawyer can be present with you during questioning, and he or she will also protect your rights as someone accused of a drug crime. Your attorney will need to know what happened leading up to your arrest, such as where you were and what you were doing – and he or she will ask you several questions about the arrest itself and what happened after you were detained, too. It’s in your best interest to answer all your lawyer’s questions honestly; that way, he or she can begin building a defense strategy that gets you the best possible outcome.
What Happens After Your Arrest?
You’ll have to appear in court so a judge can inform you of the charges being filed against you. Your attorney can go with you to this court appearance. You’ll have the chance to enter a plea, which means you’ll tell the court whether you’re guilty or not guilty, or whether you’ve decided not to contest the charges against you.
Then, the judge assigned to your case will let you know whether you can get out of jail or whether you must wait there until your next court appearance.
When you appear in court again, your lawyer will go with you. If you’re pleading not guilty to a drug possession charge, your attorney will defend you.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Drug Possession Charges?
If you’ve been accused of possession of a controlled substance, we may be able to help you. Call us right now at 414-383-6700 for a free consultation with a drug crime lawyer in Milwaukee. We’ll talk about what led up to your arrest and what’s happened since, and if we can help you, we’ll start building a defense strategy that gets you the best possible outcome.