Wisconsin Penalties for Intent to Distribute Cocaine
Penalties for Cocaine Possession with Intent to Distribute in Wisconsin
First offense cocaine possession in Wisconsin is a misdemeanor which carries a maximum fine of $5,000 and up to a year in a county jail. However, a first offense possession of cocaine with intent to distribute less than 1 gram is a Class G felony carrying penalties of up to $25,000 and 10 years in state prison.
The penalties escalate if you are being charged with possession or manufacturing of cocaine with intent to distribute:
- 1-5 grams of cocaine: Class F felony; max. $25,000 fine and/or a 12 year, 6 month prison term
- 5-15 grams of cocaine: Class E felony; max. $50,000 fine and/or 15 years imprisonment
- 15-40 grams of cocaine: Class D felony; max. $100,000 fine and/or 25-year prison term
- 40 grams and above: Class C felony; max $100,000 fine and/or 40 years in prison
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Cocaine Possession vs. Possession with Intent to Distribute
If you’re charged with cocaine possession in Wisconsin the penalties are severe, but they pale in comparison to charges of possession with intent to distribute, sell, deliver or manufacture cocaine or crack cocaine.
As a Schedule II Controlled Substance under the State of Wisconsin Controlled Substances Act, cocaine and crack cocaine are considered to have “high potential for abuse” as well as high risk of dependency. The law is designed to enforce the harshest penalties against those who produce (manufacture) and distribute (sell or deliver) narcotics and other controlled substances.
Unlike cocaine possession, the charges for cocaine possession with intent distribute escalate based on the amount of cocaine or crack cocaine you’re accused of carrying, measured in grams.
Any property linked to the sale, distribution, production or consumption of illegal drugs will be confiscated by the state.
Drug charges in the State of Wisconsin also carry an additional surcharge, called the Drug Abuse Program Improvement Surcharge, which adds as much as an additional 50% to any fines imposed by a court. The surcharge is paid to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services to offset the costs of alcohol and drug abuse prevention initiatives.
Moreover, drug convictions include suspension of driving privileges for at least 6 months and up to 5 years from the date of the violation.
What Other Charges Can Your Get Hit With?
Prosecutors in Wisconsin are known to push for the harshest sentences possible in all drug cases. If you’re being charged with possession of cocaine with intent, it is likely you will slapped with additional charges like possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle while impaired (OWI), or possibly weapons charges.
Each of the above charges carries additional penalties, including more jail time which may or may not have to be served consecutively.
Prison terms may also be extended an extra 5 years if it is proved you distributed cocaine to a minor, or if the offense occurred within 1,000 feet of a school or other protected building.
Even if you are convicted, the harshness of your sentence is a direct function of the quality of your defense. It’s simple: the best defense attorneys get the best results.
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