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Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place Attorney in Madison

Madison and Dane County Criminal Defense Attorneys for Possession and Intent to Sell a Controlled Substance

Maintaining a Drug House for Distributing or Using Controlled Substances is a Crime Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place Attorney in Madison

You may think, “this is my private residence, they can’t bust me here” well you’re wrong. Storing large amounts of a controlled substance in your home; 

What Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place in Wisconsin Means whether for personal use or sale will land you in prison. Hiring the best defense attorneys in Wisconsin should be your first step towards getting drug house charges dropped.

Keeping a drug house is prohibited by section 961.42 of the Wisconsin Statutes. In Wisconsin, maintaining a drug house is a Class I felony.

There are two misdemeanor charges for keeping a drug house in Wisconsin. One is a place for using drugs and the other is a place used to manufacture, store or deliver those controlled substances. Both places are defined similarly:

  • The person kept or maintained a building or place
  • People used controlled substances in the place OR the place was used to manufacture, hold or deliver drugs
  • The defendant knew the place was being used this way

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Felony & Misdemeanor Charges for Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place or Keeping a Drug House

Some of the charges frequently paired with maintaining a drug trafficking place are misdemeanors. All told a group of drug charges likely carries the risk of jail time.

Penalties for Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place

The maximum penalty for first offenses is 1 year in jail and/or a $25,000 fine. Although a one year jail sentence may not seem like a lot, these charges are commonly combine with others like possession and intent to distribute, which can lead to more severe penalties.

Penalties also vary depending on the type of substance and amount. The following lays out penalties based on the type of drug, and amount in possession:

Manufacturing or Storing Marijuana

Up to 200g or Up to 4 plants

  • Class I Felony
  • Maximum of 3.5 years in prison
  • And/or a $10,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

200-1000g or 4-20 pants

  • Class H Felony
  • Maximum of 6 years in prison
  • And/or a $25,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

1,000-2,500g or 20-50 plants

  • Class G Felony
  • Maximum 10 years in prison
  • And/or a $25,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

2,500-10,000g or 50-200 plants

  • Class F Felony
  • Maximum 12 years in prison
  • And/or a $25,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

Over 10,000g or more than 200 plants

  • Class E Felony
  • Maximum 15 years in prison
  • And/or a $50,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

Manufacturing or Storing Cocaine

Up to 1g

  • Class G Felony
  • Maximum 10 years in prison
  • And/or a $25,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

1-5g

  • Class F Felony
  • Maximum 12.5 years in prison
  • And/or a $25,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

15-40g

  • Class D Felony
  • Maximum 25 years in prison
  • And/or a $100,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

Over 40g

  • Class C Felony
  • Maximum 40 in prison
  • And/or a $100,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

Manufacturing or Storing Heroin

Up to 3g

  • Class I Felony
  • Maximum of 3.5 years in prison
  • And/or a $10,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

3-10g

  • Class E Felony
  • Maximum 15 years in prison
  • And/or a $50,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

10-50g

  • Class D Felony
  • Maximum 25 years in prison
  • And/or a $100,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

More than 50g

  • Class C Felony
  • Maximum 40 in prison
  • And/or a $100,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

Manufacturing or Storing Methamphetamine

3g or Less

  • Class C Felony
  • Maximum 40 in prison
  • And/or a $100,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

3-10g

  • Class E Felony
  • Maximum 15 years in prison
  • And/or a $50,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

10-50g

  • Class D Felony
  • Maximum 25 years in prison
  • And/or a $100,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

More than 50g

  • Class C Felony
  • Maximum 40 in prison
  • And/or a $100,000 fine
  • Possible loss of driver’s license

If you’ve been charged with drug possession or intent to distribute marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, or methamphetamine, contact our criminal defense lawyers as soon as possible for a free consultation. The earlier you get an attorney; the better chance you have to get your drug charges reduced or dropped.

If you’ve been charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place, there’s only so far cursory online research is going to get you. A free consultation with an experienced lawyer will give you the lay of the land far better than a Google search.

Fines, Penalties & Accompanying Charges - Misdemeanors and Felonies in Wisconsin

The DA will often seek to establish a negotiating position by charging you with everything they can. Sometimes the accompanying charges fit naturally with a drug trafficking charge, like possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession and intent to distribute the drug being trafficked (often cocaine or marijuana).

Determining whether these charges are reasonably likely to be beaten or plead down is something an experienced drug crime defense attorney can help you with.

What if they were my roommates drugs?

Criminal Defense for Madison Drug Possession Misdemeanor and Felony Drug Charges

One of the best defenses for trafficking charges is to challenge the evidence that police got from the search and seizure. Police must have probably cause before they can search you, your vehicle, your home or anywhere else. If our Madison drug possession lawyers can prove they did not have probably cause, any evidence found must be thrown out.

If you’ve been caught with drugs call our firm immediately for a free consultation. Don’t let time destroy vital evidence for your case. We will examine your unique situation and discuss the options you have. You are only guilty if you are convicted.

Contact our Madison Madison Drug Defense Lawyers to get your drug possession or intent to distribute charges reduced or dropped entirely
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