Your Defense Attorney for Marijuana, Pot, Cannabis…
Whatever You Call the Stuff, it’s Illegal in Wisconsin
If you’ve picked up a newspaper in the past several decades, you probably found it hard to ignore the dramatic increase in Wisconsin drug-related crimes. The more America fights the war on drugs, the more incarcerations there are. Depending on your politics, this is either a good or bad thing. Being in the business of criminal defense does not make us anyone to judge – our goal is simply to protect your rights in whatever manner legally possible.
As of 2015, roughly half of those incarcerated in federal prisons are there because of illegal drugs. Marijuana comprises over a quarter of those offenses, with cocaine, methamphetamine, crack cocaine, heroin, and other random concoctions rounding out the list. Now more than ever, you’ve heard it said that no one any longer prosecutes the use of cannabis. Heck, you’ve probably been in a state far outside of Washington or Colorado (where cannabis has been legalized) and seen someone who looks professional and put-together light up a doobie on public property right out in the open.
From a Possession Misdemeanor to a Felony with Intent to Distribute: the Law is Still the Law
Looking at movies and other pop-culture mediums, those who recreationally smoke pot are getting more and more casual about its use – this fact cannot be denied.
What should be denied is what a seriously punishable legal offense marijuana possession still is. The prison system might be overcrowded, yet with district attorneys pressured to make higher conviction rates, and police officers still thoroughly doing their jobs, the law remains the law.
The state of Wisconsin has often been a trendsetter but rarely one to jump on the bandwagon. What we mean by this is that Wisconsin is usually either one of the first or last states to pass legislature. Despite the efforts of organizations like Wisconsin NORML working to reform state marijuana laws, the “Milwaukee cannabis freedom” efforts have not had a significant enough impact to affect state legislation.
Cannabis Possession & Cultivation Charges in Milwaukee
When it comes to being charged with marijuana possession in the Greater Milwaukee area, the first offense is a misdemeanor, equating to a possible 6 months of incarceration with a maximum fine of $1,000. On subsequent offenses, your second or third marijuana possession charge gets ramped up to a felony with up to 3 and a half years of incarceration and a maximum fine of up to $10,000.
Being charged with the sale of marijuana, even if it is 200 grams or less, is a class I felony with the same fine and jail-time penalties as a repeat THC possession charge.
Growing marijuana, on the other hand, is an offense in the state of Wisconsin known as Cultivation, which carries the strictest charges. Just like cannabis possession charges in Milwaukee, being charged with growing marijuana also makes you subject to additional penalties. Having 4 to 20 plants is a felony carrying a potential 6 years of incarceration, as well as a $10,000 maximum fine.
If you have been caught with possession of 10,000 grams of cannabis or more and are being charged with intent to distribute marijuana – or if you are caught with more than 200 cultivated plants – this is a class E felony punishable by a fine of up to $50,000, as well as 15 years in prison. Often these charges will be added to other related charges like maintaining a drug trafficking place.
To make the situation even bleaker, your license may be suspended for at least 6 months and potentially as long as 5 years.
Reduced Charges for Keeping a Drug House in Wisconsin
While maintaining a drug house in Wisconsin is a misdemeanor, the charge is often paired with possession and intent to distribute, which is a felony with much more severe penalties. Our drug possession attorneys fight to get your penalties for all drug charges reduced or dropped.
Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana
That’s right, you can get a DUI/OWI for impaired driving from marijuana. If you’re pulled over with marijuana in your system, you’ll face a fine of $150–300 for a first offense. Repeat offenses can involve higher fines, jail time, and driver’s license suspension.
Waukesha Law Firm Offers Free Case Assessments for Marijuana Charges
There’s a good chance you are not interested in criminal defense services for yourself. Your direct need for a drug offense attorney might very well spawn from having a loved one who was dealt a bad hand in an uncertain circumstance. Your spouse or child might have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, and were then blamed for the actions of others.
Post-arrest, the hopelessness of an uncertain future is unsettling, to say the least. Perhaps your husband is clinging to a CDL which is your family’s livelihood for daily support. It could be that your child is attending a prestigious university, making terrific grades, and on track to truly become someone. Then in a moment, the Wisconsin laws for marijuana possession and use come crashing down.
Whether you're in Waukesha or as far south as Racine, our Wisconsin Law Firm knows how to offer assistance.
Without retaining a criminal defense attorney, one small marijuana case in Milwaukee could put a permanent damper on your family member’s life and forever haunt their otherwise bright future. The world is a competitive place, and the sheets of another’s history can always be cleaner. Cling to your good name – and keep it good – by letting Grieve Law offices help immediately.