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Drug Possession

Milwaukee Drug Possession Attorneys

Aggressive Advocacy for Drug Crime Charges

Drug possession charges are serious, and a conviction can lead to significant consequences. At Ritter Law Office, we know that good people can find themselves in bad situations. If you have been charged with drug possession, we can help you fight for your future.

For a drug possession defense lawyer in Milwaukee, call Ritter Law Office at (414) 441-4321 or contact us online today. We offer free initial consultations.

What Is Drug Possession?

In Wisconsin, drug possession is a crime that refers to the possession of illegal controlled substances. Controlled substances are drugs that are regulated by the government. They are classified into five schedules, with Schedule I substances being the most dangerous and Schedule V substances being the least.

It is important to note that drug possession charges can also be brought against individuals who possess certain prescription medications without a valid prescription or who possess drugs in a form that is illegal under state law. For example, a person may be charged with drug possession if they are found with a drug that is legal when prescribed by a doctor, but which is illegal when it is in a different form or quantity.

Drug possession is a criminal offense and can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the specific circumstances of the case. If convicted, you can face serious penalties.

What Are the Consequences for Drug Possession?

The penalties for drug possession in Wisconsin depend on the type and quantity of the drug in question, as well as the defendant's criminal history.

Penalties for drug possession in Wisconsin include:

  • First-time possession of a controlled substance: Class I felony, punishable by up to 3.5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000
  • Repeat possession of a controlled substance: Class H felony, punishable by up to 6 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000
  • First-time possession of a controlled substance analog: Class H felony, punishable by up to 6 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000
  • Repeat possession of a controlled substance analog: Class G felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000

In addition to these penalties, a conviction for drug possession will also result in a criminal record, which can have significant long-term consequences. If you are a student, you may lose your financial aid. If you are an employee, you may lose your job or have difficulty finding work. A criminal record can also limit your housing and educational opportunities.

How Do You Get a Drug Possession Charge Dropped?

If you are facing drug possession charges, you are probably wondering if there is any way to fight the charges and get them dropped. The good news is that, yes, it is possible to have drug possession charges dropped. However, it is important to remember that every case is different and there is no guarantee that your charges will be dropped. The best way to increase your chances of having the charges dropped is to hire an experienced drug possession defense attorney to represent you.

A drug possession defense attorney can review the details of your case and determine the best defense strategy to use. Some of the most common defense strategies for drug possession include:

  • Illegal Search and Seizure: In order for the police to conduct a search and seizure, they must have a valid search warrant or probable cause. A drug possession defense attorney can review the details of your case to determine if the search and seizure were legal. If they were not, your attorney can file a motion to suppress the drug evidence, which could result in the charges being dropped.
  • Unknowing Possession: To be convicted of drug possession, the prosecution must prove that you knowingly possessed the drugs. If your attorney can prove that you did not know the drugs were in your possession, the charges may be dropped.
  • Missing Drugs: When the police seize drugs, they must carefully document the drugs and the quantity. If any of the drugs go missing, your attorney can argue that the evidence has been tampered with and the charges should be dropped.
  • Lab Analysis: The prosecution must prove that the substance you were in possession of was an illegal controlled substance. Your attorney can request an independent lab analysis to determine if the substance is illegal. If it is not, the charges may be dropped.
  • Crime Lab Analysis: If the prosecution does not have the drug evidence, they may need to rely on a crime lab analysis to prove that the substance you were in possession of was an illegal controlled substance. The crime lab may not have the resources to test the evidence in a timely manner, which can result in the charges being dropped.

It is important to remember that the prosecutor is not required to drop the charges, even if there is evidence to support one of these defense strategies. This is why it is so important to hire a drug possession defense attorney to represent you. Your attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor and work to get the charges dropped or reduced.

At Ritter Law Office, we have extensive experience handling drug possession cases. We know how to build an effective defense strategy and we are not afraid to fight for you in court. We will do everything we can to get the charges dropped or reduced.

What Should I Do If I Am Arrested for Drug Possession?

Being arrested for drug possession can be a terrifying experience, but it is important to stay calm and remember your rights.

If you are arrested for drug possession, you should:

  • Remain Silent: Everything you say can and will be used against you in court. Do not answer any questions from the police without your attorney present.
  • Ask for an Attorney: You have the right to have an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to represent you.
  • Not Consent to a Search: The police must have a valid search warrant or probable cause to search your person, home, or vehicle. If they do not, do not consent to the search. Your attorney can challenge the search in court.
  • Take Note of the Arresting Officer's Name: Remembering the arresting officer's name can be helpful when it comes time to build a defense strategy. If you can, write down the officer's name and any other details you think may be important.
  • Contact a Drug Possession Defense Attorney: Do not wait to contact a drug possession defense attorney. The sooner you hire an attorney, the sooner they can start building your defense.

For a drug possession defense lawyer in Milwaukee, call Ritter Law Office at (414) 441-4321 today. We offer free initial consultations.

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