Illegal, dangerous drugs can be found in communities large and small across the United States, including communities in our own backyard like Appleton and Neenah. Heroin has taken a particularly strong grip on America’s small towns in recent years, as evidenced by drug busts like the 2015 Appleton arrest of a man linked to a lethal batch of heroin that caused a spike in overdoses. Drugs like this can have a deadly effect on their users, which is why they are illegal and the penalties are steep for individuals convicted of drug-related offenses like drug possession, drug manufacturing, and the distribution and sale of illegal drugs.
Having a conviction for a drug-related crime on your record can permanently impact your life, preventing you from securing certain jobs, housing, and employment. If you have been accused of a drug crime in Neenah, Appleton, or elsewhere in Wisconsin, work with an experienced Appleton criminal defense attorney to have your charge lowered or dismissed.
Probably the most familiar drug charge to most is possession of an illegal drug, which can be the possession of a substance like cocaine or marijuana or the possession of a legal drug without a valid prescription, such as xanax or oxycontin. The penalties for the possession of illegal and illegally-held substances vary depending on whether it is an individual’s first or subsequent charge and according to the substance he or she is convicted of possessing. For example, the penalties an individual faces for a second offense possession of cocaine are much steeper than those an individual facing his or her first marijuana possession offense.
Not all drug charges are for possession of a drug. Possession of drug paraphernalia, such as a cocaine pipe or a heroin needle, is a misdemeanor that may be punished by a fine of up to $500 and up to 30 days in jail.
The penalties for possessing drugs with the intention of distributing them or maintaining a home or structure for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing, or using illegal drugs are much steeper than those for simple possession. Any conviction related to maintaining such a house can result in a jail sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to $25,000. Jail sentences for individuals convicted of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs range from three to 40 years and the fines for this conviction range from $10,000 to $100,000, depending on the type and amount of the drug the offender was found to possess.
If you have been accused of any drug crime, you need to work with an experienced Wisconsin criminal defense lawyer to defend your case. If you do not hire an attorney who has experience defending clients who have been charged with drug crimes, you are much more likely to be convicted and face severe penalties like fines, probation, and jail time. Be your own advocate and work with an experienced Appleton drug crimes lawyer from Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC. Contact our firm today to schedule your free legal consultation with an Appleton criminal defense lawyer on our team.