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Milwaukee, WI drug charges defense attorneysBy Attorney Nicole Masnica

While most people understand that possession of illegal drugs can lead to criminal charges, they may not be aware of which drugs are illegal or the potential penalties they may face. If you are facing charges related to drug possession, you should be sure to work with an experienced attorney to determine your best options for defense. 

Controlled Substance Categories

Under Wisconsin law, controlled substances are grouped into five categories, which are known as “schedules.” These schedules are based on whether the drugs have been deemed by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to have acceptable medical use in the United States, the potential of addiction or abuse, and the danger posed by a substance.

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By Attorney Nicole Masnica

Milwaukee criminal defense marijuana lawyerOn January 1, 2020 Illinois became the eleventh state in the nation to allow the legal use of recreational marijuana. Because Illinois shares a border with Wisconsin, some Wisconsinites may wish to travel to Illinois to purchase legal marijuana. However, the possession of marijuana is still illegal in Wisconsin and can result in drug charges if you are arrested upon your return. That means that even if someone bought marijuana legally in Illinois and brought it back to Wisconsin, it is still illegal to possess that marijuana in Wisconsin.

Criminal Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Wisconsin

Even though the prevailing thoughts on marijuana are changing and several states have legalized the drug, possessing marijuana in Wisconsin can result in harsh criminal penalties. A first-offense marijuana possession may be charged criminally as a misdemeanor and can result in a fine of not more than $1,000 or not more than 6 months in prison, or both. If you have a prior drug conviction, including possession of drug paraphernalia, and are arrested while possessing marijuana, you can be charged with  a Class I Felony, which carries with it a potential penalty of a $10,000 fine, 3 ½ years imprisonment, or both.

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By Attorney Nicole Masnica

Milwaukee sensitive crimes defense lawyerSex crimes, also known as sensitive crimes, are treated very seriously in Wisconsin. While any criminal conviction can substantially affect your future opportunities, a conviction for a sex offense will carry with it collateral consequences that will impact nearly every aspect of your life for years to come. It is important to understand what might be at stake if you have been accused of a sex offense in Wisconsin.

The Charges

According to Wis. Stat. §301.45, an individual found guilty of any of the following offenses is required to comply with the sex offender registry:

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Milwaukee, WI white collar crime defense lawyer

By Attorney Nicole Masnica

White collar crimes such as fraud, money laundering, or securities and antitrust violations, bear severe punishment and a conviction for these types of charges can affect the rest of your life. These criminal investigations tend to be lengthy and complex, and a defendant may undergo a thorough sweep of their financial records. These investigations can be especially concerning if there are potential federal charges, including through the RICO Act. However, this act is not always fully understood, and defendants will want to determine how these types of charges may affect their case.

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Milwaukee criminal defense attorney for pardon applications

By Raymond Dall’Osto, Brianna Meyer, and Jason Luczak

In June 2019, newly-elected Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers reversed the eight-year moratorium on criminal pardons imposed by the former Governor Walker, who refused to issue pardons during his two terms in office. Governor Evers issued Executive Order #30, which reversed Walker’s unprecedented shutdown of executive clemency. This Order reopens an avenue of potential relief for those who have lost some of their rights due to a criminal conviction.

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