Most individuals understand that being charged with a crime can result in serious penalties. But what is almost equally as important to know is that penalties can be more severe if the charged individual has prior arrests or criminal convictions.
A Wisconsin man is currently facing over 19 years in prison after authorities claim he attempted to sell marijuana in a local bowling alley. Because of his prior offenses, the maximum penalty he could be sentenced to is greater than had he been a first-time offender.
According to local authorities, the man had been in the bowling alley with two other individuals. The man was allegedly overheard telling the two men that the deal was off because police officers had begun to approach the group. He then threw a small bag under his chair - a bag that was later found to be full of marijuana.
There was approximately 75 grams of marijuana in the small bag. Even possessing a small amount of marijuana can result in serious charges. In this case, the man was charged with a felony of possession with the intent to deliver.
The man is already facing a jury later next month in regards to previous charges of assault and battery. In the midst of that, he will begin the pretrial phase to deal with these new charges. In addition to the felony drug charge, the man was also charged with two counts of another felony.
Being convicted of any criminal charge can have an impact on one's future. Not only does a conviction mean a possible prison sentence, in some circumstances it can also limit future job opportunities and housing options. The consequences are serious and it is important to understand what options are available to defend against criminal charges.
Source: Portage Daily Register online, "Charges: Man tried to sell pot at Dells bowling alley," Shannon Green, 17 July 2011