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What to Know About Marijuana Laws in Waukesha, Wisconsin

Posted on in Criminal Law

waukesha county drug crime defense lawyerFor years, marijuana usage was strictly illegal throughout the United States. The buying and selling of the narcotic were considered a serious criminal offense that would often land the offender in jail. Now, marijuana dispensaries can be found in many large cities around the country and possessing small quantities of the plant is no longer considered a criminal offense in many states. However, marijuana is still a controlled substance in the Badger State and the cultivation, possession, or sale of the drug can trigger harsh criminal penalties.

Penalties for Marijuana Possession

In the State of Wisconsin, a first-time offense for possession of marijuana is a first-degree misdemeanor. Offenders may face a maximum jail sentence up to six months and a maximum fine of $1,000. A subsequent offense for possession is charged as a felony. Offenders may spend up to 3.5 years behind bars and maximum fines up to $10,000.

Driving Under the Influence  

Driving while under the influence of marijuana in Wisconsin is a crime. The severity of the penalties associated with the offense depends on the number of previous offenses.

-          First-time offenders may be issued a fine of $150 to $300.

-          Second-time offenders may be fined between $350 and $1,100, sentenced to at least five days in jail, or both. A license suspension of at least one year is also imposed.

-          Third-time offenders may be fined between $600 and $2,000 and a jail sentence of at least 30 days, or both. They also lose their license for at least two years.

-          Fourth-time offenders may be charged with a Class H Felony, receiving a fine between $600 and $10,000, a minimum six-month prison sentence, or both.

How a Lawyer Can Help

A lawyer can help you understand your rights. They can also identify flaws in the prosecution’s case and hold police accountable for errors made during the arrest or chemical testing process, which may lead to the case being thrown out. Additionally, a lawyer may be able to negotiate a plea bargain, which could result in a reduced sentence or probation instead of jail time.

Contact a Waukesha County Drug Crime Defense Attorney

Facing charges for a serious criminal offense, such as a drug crime, is terrifying. It is easy to become overwhelmed thinking about the consequences for yourself and your family. Furthermore, you may feel you are being treated as if you are guilty before even setting foot in court. Despite the circumstances, it is important to remember that people charged with a crime still have rights. The police and prosecution must follow the law and act with propriety from the initial arrest through trial. Wolff & Sonderhouse, LLP has been protecting the rights of Wisconsinites for years. Their lawyers will listen to your side of the story and launch a counter-investigation to uncover the truth.

Contact a Waukesha, WI criminal defense attorney for help today. Contact Wolff & Sonderhouse, LLP at 262-232-6699 for a free initial consultation.



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