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Penalties for drug-related crimes in Madison, Wisconsin, vary depending on the exact violations defined by state statutes. Penalties for schedule I and II controlled substance narcotics (marijuana, ecstasy, LSD, and others) could reach maximum penalties of $10,000 to $100,000 in fines and/or 3.5 years to 40 years in prison.

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Penalties for Cocaine Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Distribute, or Deliver

 The penalties vary depending on factors such as the amount of cocaine you had in your possession and whether you are a repeat offender. No matter if you were manufacturing, distributing, or delivering cocaine, the penalties are the same.

  • 1st offense cocaine possession in Wisconsin: possessing any amount of cocaine can land you in prison for 1 year and/or a $5,000 fine. This conviction can also lead to a 5 year suspension of driving privileges and additional charges up to $2,500
  • Any subsequent charge of cocaine possession: considered a Class I felony that comes with a prison sentence up to 3.5 years and a $10,000 fine. A felony cocaine possession in Wisconsin also includes a Drug Abuse Program Improvement Surcharge of up to $5,000
  • Distributing or selling: Selling cocaine could come with a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and/or fines up to $100,000. The sale of cocaine is either a Class C, D, E, F, or G offense depending on the amount you are caught with.
  • Cocaine possession within 1,000 feet of a school or other protected buildings: mandatory 3 year sentence without parole

Penalties for Cocaine Possession with Drug Paraphernalia or Cocaine Possession with a Firearm

WeightFelony LevelPenalty
1-5 Grams of Cocaine (8-Ball + Teener) Class F Felony max. $25,000 fine and/or a 12 year, 6 month prison term
5-15 Grams of Cocaine (Half Ounce) Class E Felony max. $50,000 fine and/or 15 years imprisonment
15-40 Grams of Cocaine (Ounce & a Quarter) Class D Felony max. $100,000 fine and/or 25-year prison term
40+ Grams of Cocaine (Ounce & a Half) Class C Felony max. $100,000 fine and/or 40 years in prison

In Wisconsin, possession of cocaine paraphernalia can include anything from pipes to smoke crack cocaine to razor blades used to cut cocaine powder.

If you or someone you know is being charged with cocaine possession with drug paraphernalia, the penalties include:

  • Maximum 30 days in jail
  • And/or fines up to $500

If you were arrested for cocaine possession with a firearm, prison time and fines may significantly increase. As one of the best Wisconsin drug attorneys in Monona, Cottage Grove and throughout Dane County, Grieve Law LLC has the knowledge and experience necessary to defend your case.

Cocaine Possession in Madison Comes with Serious Consequences 

If you’ve been charged with cocaine possession in Middleton, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, Stoughton, McFarland or anywhere in Dane County, the consequences can be severe. Wisconsin classifies cocaine as a Schedule II Controlled Substance. The Wisconsin Controlled Substances Act deems cocaine as having an increased potential for abuse that leads to psychological or physical dependence on the drug.

Penalties for possession of cocaine in Wisconsin include:

  • Prison time
  • Fines
  • Loss of property
  • Mandatory drug treatment


Drug possession is a serious crime that can put you behind bars for months or even years. It’s important to hire qualified, competent attorneys who have experience with drug-related offenses in Wisconsin.

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Charged with Cocaine Possession in Madison? Dane Country Trusts Grieve Law Attorneys 

If you’ve just been charged with a misdemeanor cocaine possession or a felony cocaine possession in Wisconsin, your next step is contacting Grieve Law.

Grieve Law has award-winning criminal defense attorneys in Madison with experience getting drug charges reduced or dropped. Our attorneys are respected throughout Wisconsin’s legal community and the public for our ability to provide the best defense for each unique case.

Don’t let confusing jargon and the intricacies of the law prevent you from getting the defense your case needs. There isn’t a defense team anywhere that can match Grieve Law’s track record of getting drug charges reduced or dropped. Whether this is your 1st offense cocaine possession, 1st offense DUI from drugs or a felony cocaine possession, Tom Grieve creates strategic defenses to help you beat the charges.



How long does a drug charge stay on my record?

Unless outright dismissed, a conviction for any of these charges will remain on your record forever. Even if the charges are expungable, that will merely seal the record but not dismiss the conviction from your record and you would still have to disclose that you have been convicted of a crime. Additionally, even citations will stay on your record forever and can affect things such as financial aid for college.

How to beat a drug charge in Madison

If you are facing anything in the above list, you will want a Madison defense attorney who is known for success. Grieve Law LLC has the experienced Madison drug lawyers who can get your Madison drug charges reduced or dismissed. There are many ways that a criminal conviction can be beat with defenses or violations of your constitutional rights. You want an aggressive and knowledgeable attorney to review these.

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Our Madison Drug Defense Attorneys

Our team of drug possession and drug dealing attorneys have the knowledge and experience to challenge any Madison drug charges. Some of our team even used to be prosecutors, so we know what to expect and how to handle it. Contact us today for a free consultation if you need a Madison drug lawyer.