Heroin Possession Lawyer Milwaukee
If you have been charged with heroin possession in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, contact Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595 today. Heroin is an opiate, typically found in powder form. It is either injected into the body or snorted. Once ingested, heroin produces the same effect on the body as morphine; however, the manufacture and distribution of heroin is illegal in the United States.
Heroin is considered a narcotic drug and carries harsh penalties for manufacturing or distributing. Manufacture, distribution or intent to distribute are all punishable by a $25,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail. Your reputation, family, and future career opportunities may be negatively impacted by a conviction. If you are facing heroin criminal drug charges, contact a Milwaukee drug crimes defense lawyer immediately to ensure that your rights are protected.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
You have the right to a fair and impartial trial. Heroin charges are serious, and can threaten your reputation, the wellbeing of your family, and the life you have built for yourself. You need a lawyer who is in your corner, and whose full-time job is to ensure your case is resolved with the best possible outcome. Getting sound legal advice from a seasoned professional is the key to navigating the complex legal road ahead. Cases can be won or lost based on the tiniest detail, so hire a lawyer with ample experience and legal acumen. They can investigate your charges and craft a compelling and strategic defense for you.
Why Hart Powell, S.C.?
Our team at Hart Powell, S.C. have 30 years of experience and a phenomenal record of achieving the best possible outcome for our clients. Our reputation for getting results is earned through our team’s consistent dedication to each individual client, our tenacity in the courtroom, and our skill at the negotiating table. Our attorneys are here to help you. We understand the magnitude of these charges, and will do everything in our power to protect your rights and ensure you receive a fair trial. Our success on behalf of our clients has led to a long record of outstanding results, as well as numerous prestigious awards, including a perfect 10 rating on Avvo.
What Do I Need to Know About the Charges Against Me?
The state of Wisconsin has a low tolerance for drug use, much like the laws of the federal government. The possession of even a small amount of heroin is considered a felony and may be punishable by a $10,000 fine and 3.5 years in jail. Possession of larger amounts may result in up to 10 years in jail and a fine of $25,000.
There are two types of possession: simple and constructive.
Simple possession is when a person knowingly has heroin in their possession. “Knowingly” is defined as awareness by the person that they a) have heroin in their possession and b) that heroin is illegal. “Possession” indicates that the substance is found on the person, or under the person’s control.
Constructive possession is implied, inferred, or interpreted by the court. Constructive possession includes situations in which the substance may not be on a person, but in which the substance is, nonetheless, knowingly possessed. If, for example, a person checks a bag containing heroin at an airport, and the substance is discovered in the bag by a customs agent, the individual would likely be charged with constructive possession.
What Defenses Are There Against Heroin Possession Charges?
While every case is different and therefore each defense is unique, there are two common angles of attack against simple and constructive possession of heroin charges:
- Lack of Knowledge – Although difficult to establish, proving a genuine lack of knowledge of possession of heroin can lead to a dismissal of the charges.
- Lack of Power and Intent to Control – Without the intention to possess heroin, the charges against the accused may be dropped. If for example, a hitchhiker is picked up by a driver who later buys heroin, the hitchhiker would be acquitted of all charges as they had no power to determine the actions of the driver and had no intention to be in the vicinity of heroin.
A lawyer from Hart Powell, S.C. can investigate the particular details of your case to create a strategic defense that works for you.
If you have been charged a heroin related drug crime, contact an attorney with the experience and knowledge needed to aggressively defend you in court. A skilled attorney will be able to effectively challenge search and seizure procedures as well as the validity of the search warrant. The Milwaukee drug crime defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. understand the complex legal system and will fight to ensure that you receive the fair trial you deserve. Contact the Milwaukee office of Hart Powell, S.C. by calling (414) 271-9595.