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Reducing Charges for Keeping a Drug House in Wisconsin

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Milwaukee Criminal Defense Attorneys for Possession and Intent to Sell a Controlled Substance

In Wisconsin, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell is a felony. If charged, you could face serious fines and jail time. In order to be charged with possession with intent to manufacture, distribute, or deliver, the defendant has to have:

  • Possessed a controlled substance
  • Known or suspected what the substance was
  • Intended to manufacture, distribute, or deliver the controlled substance

Police drug consultants may charge you with possession with intent to distribute based on the quantity of the drugs or the way it is packaged, whether you were actually selling or not. By challenging these claims, our drug possession attorneys can get your charges reduced to simply possession. When a client is facing serious drug possession charges and significant jail time, our experienced criminal defense attorneys offer the best legal advice and go the extra mile to work with you and get your charges reduced, or even dropped.

Fines and Penalties for Keeping a Drug House in Wisconsin

Cops and DAs get more recognition for busting drug dealers and sellers than drug users. They often catch a user and offer them a deal for revealing their dealer. If an overzealous DA tries to charge you with intent to distribute with evidence that wasn't collected in accordance with your 4th Amendment rights, the charge will not stand up in court. Our criminal defense lawyers will ensure any inadmissible evidence is thrown out to get your penalties reduced or dropped.

You Are Not Guilty Unless Proven Guilty

Penalties for Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place in Wisconsin

Fines and Penalties for Keeping a Drug House WisconsinThere are two misdemeanor charges for keeping a drug house in Wisconsin. One refers to a place for using drugs, while the other refers to a placed used for manufacturing, storing, or delivering the controlled substances. The charges are largely the same and involve the following:

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

The maximum penalty for either drug house charge is one year in jail and a fine of $25,000. 

Although the jail time for these charges is only a year (as compared to the 40 year sentence for heroin possession), they are frequently combined with other charges, such as possession and intent to distribute. The severity of possession with intent charges depends on which illegal substance was found, and how much. 

Drug Possession Lawyers Provide Criminal Defense for Misdemeanor & Felony Drug Charges

One of the best defenses for a drug possession or trafficking charge is to challenge the search and seizure that led to your arrest. Police officers must have probable cause before searching you, your car, your home, your backpack, or anywhere else. If the arresting officer did not have probable cause when they found the drugs, any evidence they found is no longer admissible in court.

If you’ve been caught in possession of a controlled substance, call our drug possession law firm right away for a free initial consultation. We’ll examine your situation and discuss your options. Whether you were caught for marijuana possession with intent to distribute to make some money on the side or you were charged for THC possession as medication for pain or anxiety, you need experienced representation to make sure you are treated fairly and to get your charges reduced or dropped.

Wisconsin Drug Possession Fines & Penalties

Controlled substances include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and LSD (acid). The penalties for possession vary depending on the substance and the amount in your possession. For example, the maximum fines and penalties for marijuana possession are as follows:

Quantity of Marijuana

Maximum Jail Time

Maximum Fine

Up to 200 g (4 or fewer plants)

3.5 years


200-1000 g (4-20 plants)

6 years


1000-2500 g (20-50 plants)

10 years


2500-10,000 g (50-200 plants)

12 years


10,000+ g (200+ plants)

15 years


Penalties for other controlled substances are often more severe, from 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine for 1 gram of cocaine or LSD all the way up to 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine for over 50 grams of heroin.

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.

Contact our Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys to get your drug possession or intent to distribute charges reduced or dropped entirely.

Drug trafficking house charges are a serious offense in WisconsinIf 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 you can beat the charges or plead them down is something an experienced drug crime defense attorney can help you with.

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

Misdemeanor charges are frequently paired with maintaining a drug trafficking house charge. All told, these charges likely carry a substantial risk of jail time.

A Common Mistake in Selecting a Criminal Defense Attorney

Do not be lulled into a false sense of security by choosing the lawyer who paints the rosiest picture. You are up against serious charges with life altering consequences, you need an advocate who has all your bases covered.

There are many factors impacting your case and the outcome you’ll arrive at – a good lawyer will make you aware of them and their likelihood, guiding you to the choices that align most with your best interest. Usually that means avoiding a jail sentence or minimizing fines.

You Are Only Guilty If You Are Convicted ®

By: Attorney Tom Grieve on 03/06/2020

Tom Grieve is a former prosecutor who now runs a successful Wisconsin criminal defense law firm with offices in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Madison. If are facing new charges initial phone consultations are free: contact online or call 262-786-7100.

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