The state of Wisconsin is one of the many that have adopted the "Len Bias law," which holds drug suppliers liable for injuries or death in the drug users. Although drug trafficking is illegal in itself, the death of a user adds new layers of complexity for the accused.
On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, a Wauwatosa man was arrested on charges of first-degree reckless homicide after the drugs he allegedly supplied resulted in the death of a man in nearby Fredonia. The death was discovered on May 9 when Ozaukee sheriff's deputies and detectives arrived at a home in Fredonia to which they had received a call. The autopsy of the man they discovered, along with evidence recovered at the scene, indicates death by overdose of either cocaine, heroin or both.
Although many details have not yet been made public, the investigation that followed led to the arrest of the 30-year-old alleged drug dealer in Wauwatosa. He is currently being charged under the Len Bias Law, named for a star University of Maryland basketball player. Len Bias, much like the overdose victim from Fredonia, died from a cocaine overdose in 1986.
Individuals charged with drug trafficking often face serious consequences. Allegations including drug possession, intent to distribute and other drug crimes can be difficult to face, and the punishment for these crimes in Wisconsin can be severe. Regardless of the gravity of these accusations, the accused retain the right to legal representation. The assistance of a criminal defense attorney may help to reduce charges or acquit the innocent.
Source: WauwatosaPatch, "Wauwatosa Man Accused of Supplying Drugs in Overdose Death", Jim Price, May 22, 2013