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What class of charge is heroin manufacturing in Wisconsin?

Drug crime allegations can vary considerably in the types of charges they could result in a person facing. Some drug allegations lead to misdemeanor charges. Other drug crime accusations can cause a person to face high level felony charges. Thus, what drug crime cases are like can differ extremely based on the exact type of drug crime a person is accused of.

Today, we will talk about what type of charge a person can face here in Wisconsin in relation to allegations of having manufactured heroin.

Here in Wisconsin, manufacturing heroin is a felony offense. However, not all individuals charged with heroin manufacturing face the exact same type of felony charge. This is because Wisconsin law on heroin manufacturing ties what level of felony a heroin manufacturing offense is to how much heroin was manufactured, with higher amounts leading to higher felony levels. Specifically, the law establishes that:

  • It is a Class C felony to manufacture over 50 grams of heroin.
  • It is a Class D felony to manufacture heroin amounting to over 10 grams but less than or equal to 50 grams.
  • It is a Class E felony to manufacture heroin amounting to over 3 grams but less than or equal to 10 grams.
  • It is a Class F Felony to manufacture three or less grams of heroin.

As this illustrates, there can sometimes be a great deal of variation in charge level within a particular type of drug offense. Thus, even within a certain type of drug charge, like a manufacturing charge, what specific consequences a person could end up facing if found guilty can be incredibly circumstance-dependent, as potential punishments can differ quite a bit between charge levels.

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