In late March, a 20-year-old Milwaukee resident was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute after he was involved in an October incident in Greenfield. Because the man has a prior conviction, if he is convicted, he is subject to up to 21.5 years of imprisonment and fines of up to $35,000. On Oct. 4, 2012, the man was pulled over by police in Greenfield for reasons that were not specified. As a result of the stop, officers arrested the man for several crimes, including drunk driving. Police allegedly found a loaded gun in his car, along with drug paraphernalia, marijuana and cocaine.
Two suspects stopped on Feb. 25 in Shawano have been charged with possession of marijuana for sale. Police detained the men during a traffic stop after they found one of them was driving on a suspended license. The first defendant, a 20-year-old, was driving. He faces a penalty of up to 42 months in prison and a $10,000 fine if he is convicted for the drug crimes. The second suspect, a 22-year-old, could receive a steeper consequence because he has a prior felony conviction for burglary on his record. During the traffic stop, law enforcement personnel could allegedly smell the odor of marijuana. Officers with K9 units searched the vehicle and discovered about 130 grams of marijuana in separate baggies, a scale, a grinder and additional drug paraphernalia. The plastic bags appeared to be coded with initials that corresponded to a similar list on a piece of cardboard.
Although national public opinion of marijuana appears to be shifting toward greater acceptance, with some states legalizing the drug under certain circumstances, drug laws in Wisconsin haven't. People caught manufacturing, possessing or distributing marijuana can still face harsh penalties, including lengthy prison sentences. But having effective legal representation can make a significant difference in how your case is handled.
Fiona Apple, a top singer and songwriter who has performed across the country and in Wisconsin, was recently arrested on drug possession charges.
Back in February we discussed the arrests of a high school principal and another educator in the small Wisconsin town of Antigo. Both men were arrested on several drug charges after being accused of manufacturing or delivering marijuana. The arrests threw their community into a tailspin, with students, parents and other residents shocked and angry.
Milwaukee residents and readers of this blog may not realize that even if you aren't a high-level drug dealer, you can find yourself in deep trouble with the law. People who engage in relatively minor illegal drug use can find themselves charged with a drug crime that carries harsh penalties.
As anyone from a small town knows, word travels fast in small circles. When everyone knows your name, they're able to recognize it in police blotters. That holds true in Antigo, Wisconsin, a city of about 8,000 people in Langlade County, where a high school football coach and former principal was arrested last month on drug charges. A retired special education teacher was also arrested and charged with 26 drug offenses.
Are drug charges serious? Some may believe that misdemeanor charges are not as serious. But even though penalties may not be severe, the implications of a conviction for a drug charge can be far-reaching. It can impact one's future as well as one's reputation.
Two Wisconsin residents were arrested for possession with the intent to deliver drugs. They had been on their way to a festival with several others when their motor home was pulled over. Police reported that they could smell marijuana and brought in a police dog. As a result of the search, the officers found marijuana in the vehicle.
Being charged with a drug crime can have serious consequences if a conviction follows. Some charges carry more weight than others, but in general consequences can include fines and a prison sentence. In addition, as with other felony convictions, a drug conviction can make it difficult to find a job in the future.