A 28-year-old Wisconsin man was sentenced to four years in prison after allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover officer three times. According to the report, the man met the undercover officer between October and November in 2011. On each incident, the officer paid for the cocaine with $100 bills with recorded serial numbers.
In addition to the jail sentence, the man was also sentenced to two years of supervision, was ordered to pay a total of $936, must maintain sobriety and will be submitted to random drug testing, among other consequences. He had also been charged with an additional count of delivery of cocaine as a repeat defender, but this count was dismissed.
Wisconsin takes alleged drug crimes incredibly seriously. In addition to a jail sentence and fines, the individual may be required to undergo an alcohol and drug evaluation, other counseling as deemed necessary by the court and be required to limit association with certain individuals, especially if they use drugs and alcohol. However, there is a wide variety of other consequences for a drug conviction once an individual convicted on drug charges has finished their jail sentence. For example, a criminal record may keep them from being able to secure loans for housing and school and from securing certain employment.
A skilled Wisconsin attorney may be able to help those who are facing drug charges. For example, the attorney may be able to have the charges dismissed if they find evidence that their client's rights were violated in any way during the investigation or subsequent arrest. Otherwise, the attorney may be able to have the charges and the consequences reduced by negotiating with the prosecution in order to make a deal that would significantly reduce jail time and other punishments.
Source: Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, "Milwaukee man gets four years for selling cocaine in Wisconsin Rapids", October 17, 2013