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When many people think of drug possession charges, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin come to mind. However, illegal drugs are not the only ones illegal to possess. The demand for prescription drugs is high as well. Drugs like Vicodin, OxyContin, Adderall, Xanax, Valium, Ambien, and Zoloft are often sold at high prices to those without a prescription.

In the case of OxyContin, many people have become addicted to this opioid drug. Once someone who is addicted can no longer find a source for the prescription opioid or can no longer afford it, they often turn to heroin, which produces similar effects in the body. 

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Milwaukee marijuana charges defense lawyerMany states in this country have made medical marijuana legal, and some have also legalized the drug for recreational use. In Wisconsin, marijuana possession is still a crime. However, the state does make some exceptions for those with medical conditions.

To possess marijuana for medical purposes in Wisconsin, the marijuana must be non-psychoactive medical CBD oil. In addition, you must have a letter from your doctor authorizing your use.

History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Wisconsin

In 2014, Wisconsin passed its first version of a medical marijuana law. This law only allowed those with seizure disorders to use marijuana, and the marijuana that was legal was a non-psychoactive version. Under the law, it was also a requirement that patients have a written recommendation from a doctor.

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drug crimes, drug possession, drug possession conviction,  possession of a controlled substance, Milwaukee criminal defense attorneyThe state of Wisconsin treats drug crimes very seriously. While drug distribution or trafficking can result in lengthy jail sentences or extensive fines, simply being in possession of an illegal drug (known as a controlled substance) can also lead to severe punishments. Those who are facing drug charges for possession should be sure to understand how Wisconsin laws affect them.

Penalties for Drug Possession

Under Wisconsin law, it is illegal to possess or attempt to possess a controlled substance, unless a person has a valid prescription or is legally authorized to possess the drug in question. Controlled substances are grouped into different “schedules” depending on their potential for abuse and their accepted use for medical treatment.

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Milwaukee juvenile justice attorneys, drug trafficking, drug trafficking laws, juvenile criminal charges, juvenile offendersBeing arrested and charged with a crime is a serious matter for any person; however criminal charges are especially concerning for juvenile and young offenders and their families. Wisconsin’s juvenile justice system is complex. Therefore, it is important to understand the consequences that minors may face, especially if the charges are serious enough for the juvenile to be charged as an adult and what defense options exist.

Wisconsin Laws and Policies

Prior to 1996, all juvenile court cases were handled pursuant to the provisions of Chap. 48, Wis. Stats. Since that time, juvenile delinquency cases are handled under Chap. 938, Wis. Stats. and Child in Need of Protection and Services (CHIPS) cases under Chap. 48. The so-called “reforms” enacted in 1996 harshly criminalized Wisconsin juvenile law, e.g., carved out an age group of children (17 year olds), who are now always prosecuted and punished as adults, lowered the delinquency age to 10 years old, and allowed for automatic waiver of children to adult court depending on the type of felonies they are charged with. Most children 10 years and older who face charges of violating the criminal law will be tried in juvenile court if they are under the age of 17. However, there are a number of situations in which a minor may be charged as an adult. These include:

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drug trafficking offenses, Wisconsin drug trafficking laws, Milwaukee drug crime defense lawyers, drug possession, drug possession convictionby Ray Dall’Osto & Steven McGaver

While criminal charges can result in serious consequences, those who are arrested and charged with drug crimes, particularly those involving opioids and distribution, will face zealous prosecution and a significantly greater risk of incarceration. Charges related to the possession of controlled substances are serious, but accusations of drug trafficking (sale and/or distribution, possession with intent to deliver and manufacturing) are more likely to result in severe punishment, as well as a felony record. Those facing drug charges should make sure they understand the nature of the charges and their options for defense.

Drug Crime Statistics

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