Drug Crime Law Attorneys in Appleton Wisconsin

Wisconsin prosecutors take drug crimes very seriously and often pursue maximum penalties against defendants. There are a series of laws in the state regarding drug crimes. The potential charges that you face usually depends on your suspected conduct regarding the drugs, the type of drug, and the amount of drugs in question. For help defending yourself against these charges, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer at Hogan Eickhoff by calling (920) 450-9800 to schedule a confidential consultation.


Drug Possession

Being in possession of a controlled substance can subject you to criminal charges ranging from misdemeanor offenses to felony offenses. The type of charges you face depends on the type of substance, the amount found in your possession, and any previous history of convictions for drug crimes. For example, a first conviction for possession of THC can result in imprisonment up to six months and a fine up to $1,000. Possession of methamphetamine can result in imprisonment for up to 3.5 years and a fine up to $10,000 for a first-time offender.

Possession with Intent to Distribute

Possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute is considered a felony in Wisconsin. The level of felony depends on the type of drug and amount. For example, possession of 200 grams of THC or less is considered a Class I felony with a maximum penalty of 3.5 years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000. Up to 1,000 grams yields a Class H felony with a maximum term of imprisonment of 6 years. Possession of three grams or less of methamphetamine is charged as a Class F felony, while more than 50 grams is considered a Class C felony.

Second & Subsequent Drug Offenses

First offenders receive lighter penalties than individuals who are considered repeat offenders. For example, a second or subsequent offense of possession of THC can result in a Class I felony with the possibility of being imprisoned for up to 3.5 years and a fine up to $5,000.

Manufacturing, Distributing, or Delivering of a Controlled Substance

Manufacturing, distributing, and delivering a controlled substance all have different definitions under state law, but the penalties are similar. For example, delivering, manufacturing, or distributing under 200 grams or four or fewer plants of marijuana can result in being charged with a Class I felony. Delivering, manufacturing, or distributing one gram or less of cocaine can result in a Class G felony with a possible penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a $25,000 fine. The definitions of these offenses include:

  • Manufacture – to produce, prepare, compound, or process a controlled substance.
  • Distribute – to deliver other than administering or dispensing a controlled substance
  • Deliver – the transfer from one person to another of a controlled substance