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Penalties for Possessing Illegal Prescription Drugs in Dane County
It is easy to mistakenly possess illegal prescription drugs, whether for personal use or you were holding them for a friend or family member. The most common prescription drug charges our Madison drug possession attorneys see include painkillers such as Vicodin and antidepressants like Valium, Ambien or Xanax.
The penalties for illegal possession of prescription medications can vary in Wisconsin depending on the type of drug and which schedule is falls under:
Unlawful Possession of Amphetamines:
- First offense maximum penalties: 1 year jail and/or $5000 fine
- Second or subsequent is a Class I felony, maximum penalties: 3 years, 6 months in prison and/or $10,000 fine
Unlawful Possession of Schedule I or Schedule II Narcotics:
- Class I felony; maximum penalties: 3 years, 6 months in prison and/or $10,000 fine
Unlawful Possession of Scheduled Non-Narcotics:
- Misdemeanor, maximum penalties $500 fine and/or 30 days jail
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Madison Drug Possession Attorneys Give you a Fighting Chance at Beating a Prescription Drug Charge in Wisconsin
As some of the most abused substances in Wisconsin, prescription drug charges can include:
- THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol)
Drugs prescribed to people with ADHD are commonly abused by students who think it will help them focus on studying. The most common drugs in this category are Ritalin and Adderall.
Amphetamines, such as Adderall or methamphetamine are Schedule I Controlled Substances, which means they carry severe penalties if you have gotten them illegally.
Penalties for possessing prescription medications can be as severe as illicit drugs under the law in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Controlled Substances Act considers prescription opiates/opiods, such as morphine, codeine and oxycodone to be Schedule II Substances.
Two other prescription drugs that are commonly abused are Rohypnol and ketamine. These are usually known as “date-rape drugs.” Categorized as Schedule IV and Schedule III substances respectively, though many times they are accompanied by more severe charges such as sexual assault or aggravated assault.
If you are a college student and are convicted of possessing prescription drugs in Wsiconsin, you may lose your state and federal financial aid, including subsidized loans. You can also risk losing scholarships or private grants. If you are a medical student or nursing student and charged with illegally possessing prescription medications in Wisconsin, you risk permanent disqualification from working in the medical field.
The specific list of prescription drugs that are regulated in the Controlled Substances Act is extensive, find a comprehensive list in the Chapter 961 of the Wisconsin State Statutes.
Scheduled non-narcotics can include depressants such as zolazepam and ketamine, which are typically used as tranquilizers for vets; stimulants such as clortermine, an appetite suppressant and anabolic steroids.
Any fines associated with a drug conviction are subject to additional surcharges, which can be up to 50% of the fine. This surcharge is called The Drug Abuse Program Improvement Surcharge and it funnels the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, which funds AODA (alcohol and other drug abuse) prevention programs.
Drug convictions in Wisconsin can also come with a suspension of your driving privileges for up to 5 years.
If you possess Schedule I or II drugs, ketamine or Rohypnol within 1,000 feet of a school, public park or other certain buildings, the penalty carries an additional mandatory sentence of 100 community service hours
Dane County Criminal Defense Attorney for Possession of Prescription Drugs
If you’re charged with possession of prescription drugs in Wisconsin, you need a criminal defense attorney who knows how the prosecution works. As a group of former state prosecutors and award-winning criminal defense attorneys, attorneys at Grieve Law are the most uniquely qualified to handle your case.
Grieve Law knows what the prosecution has to do to prove their case and recognize the common mistakes that police and law enforcement make that violate your Constitutional rights.
No other criminal defense firm in Madison can match our record of getting drug possession charges reduced or dropped entirely throughout Wisconsin. Don’t risk your freedom with other Madison lawyers, call Grieve Law and give yourself the best chance at getting your drug possession charges dropped or reduced.