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Waukesha Charges Reduced in Possession and Drug Paraphernalia Case

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A Recent Possession and Drug Parahernalia Case in Waukesha

Recently, I had a client facing a Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge in Circuit Court.  The case was in circuit court because in Wisconsin possession of certain controlled substances in any amount equate to criminal charges.  In this case my client was facing up to a year in jail, the highest penalty possible for a conviction on a misdemeanor charge.  Beyond that, my client was facing additional penalties professionally, including the loss of his job and the possibility of not being able to continue in his career path.

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Game plan:

This was a case that was not simply about what took place at the time when my client was arrested. This was a case where I needed to present to the District Attorney who my client was.  So, together with my client, we worked on a game plan that would allow us to present an argument to the District Attorney that was multifaceted:

  1. Take responsibility for the actions that lead to the charges and put in context what was going on with my client
  2. Create a world that my client would exist in that assured this would not happen again [through treatment, constant checks, and penalties for violations within those parameters]
  3. Make the District Attorney understand that my client is more than this one charge.

By accomplishing each facet of our game plan, it allowed me to argue to the District Attorney that even without punishment from the Court this case would not be without repercussions.  That everything my client had on the line beyond the court case was actually more important and potentially a more lasting penalty for him than what the judge would likely impose against him; so instead let’s give him a chance to demonstrate that this charge is not who he is.

In the end I was able to negotiate with the District Attorney an outcome that did not include a criminal conviction, but instead amended the charge down to a municipal ordinance [a ticket]; with a fine only punishment.  This allowed my client to continue in his career path without the fatal flaw that a criminal conviction would have on him!

Contact Grieve’s criminal defense attorneys in Waukesha to get possession charges reduced to a lesser  offense.