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Wisconsin man charged with felony drug possession after overdose

A 32-year-old Greenfield man was charged with felony drug possession of heroin after he overdosed in his home. His girlfriend called paramedics after she discovered him unconscious in their apartment. She found him lying on the couch with blue lips and labored breathing.

When authorities interviewed the man two days later, he told them that he was on probation after having just spent 4 months in jail for a heroin conviction. He allegedly admitted that he had been suffering from heroin addiction for more than 10 years. He said obtained the drug from a dealer from whom he purchased a new needle and three dime bags of heroin. He injected one full dime bag at the time of the overdose. Authorities say found the rest of the heroin and drug paraphernalia in the kitchen of the man's apartment.

A Milwaukee County Circuit Court charged the man with felony drug possession of narcotics. He faces a sentence of $10,000 in fines, a maximum 3 1/2 years in jail or both.

Those charged with drug offenses often face serious consequences, such as heavy fines and jail time. They may often feel frightened and may not know where to turn. A criminal lawyer may be able to help. A skilled attorney may have the knowledge and experiences from having worked with similar cases and may be able to determine whether search warrants were issued correctly as well as review any other events surrounding the charges. A lawyer may be able to use such information to negotiate with the prosecution in an attempt to obtain a favorable outcome, such as a possible reduction in charges.

Source: Greenfield Patch, "After Overdose, Greenfield Man Charged with Felony Drug Possession, Police Say", David Cotey, September 03, 2013

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