If you or a family member have been charged with possession of marijuana, distributing illicit substances, manufacturing the drug, or a paraphernalia charge, then you may be in serious trouble. First offense possession charges are typically classified as a misdemeanor, and you will be forced to pay a fine and could spend some time in jail. After the first offense, these drug charges become felonies that carry stiffer sentences, higher fines, and longer jail times. In Wisconsin, it is critical that you fight drug charges by hiring an experienced Milwaukee marijuana defense lawyer who can help protect your rights.
Hart Powell, S.C. is one of Wisconsin’s premier criminal defense law firms, and we have the experience and knowledge you want to represent your best interests. We are licensed to practice in various states before multiple federal, state, and appellate courts, and we have experience successfully defending our clients from some of the most serious accusations.
Whether you are facing misdemeanor charges or have been charged with a felony offense, Hart Powell, S.C. is the firm that the people of Milwaukee have trusted when it comes to drug crimes, including marijuana-related violations. The penalties are harsh, and the stakes are high, so don’t put your faith in some law firm that will treat you as just another case. We pride ourselves on giving our best to every client’s case, and the team at Hart Powell, S.C.believes you are innocent until proven guilty.
Other firms will quickly review your case and try to cut a deal with the prosecution team. The attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. will painstakingly review every detail surrounding the charges against you, and we will fight aggressively on your behalf. Hart Powell, S.C. has been supporting the rights of citizens in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin since the firm was founded in 1933, and our current legal team has over 55 years of combined legal experience.
We understand how important it is to fight the charges against you. Not only are your rights in jeopardy, but your reputation and the future stability of your relationships with friends, family, employers may all be damaged if you are found guilty. You do not have to deal with these charges alone, and we can help. Contact Hart Powell, S.C. today to schedule a consultation by calling (414) 271-9595 or reaching out to us through our website.
Why You Need a Marijuana Defense Lawyer
Marijuana may not seem like a big deal to some people, but in the eyes of the federal government, it is a Schedule I Drug. As such, the prosecution will do their best to create an example out of you, and they may use your conviction to boost their numbers for a political agenda. You need professional legal counsel to protect your rights and defend against these charges. Do not speak to authorities until you have a lawyer present because anything you say can be used against you in a court of law. Drug laws often have mandatory minimum sentencing requirements, but a qualified law firm may be able to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. You deserve to have your side of the argument heard, and an experienced marijuana defense lawyer from Hart Powell, S.C. may be your best option.
Why You Should Choose Hart Powell, S.C.
We are familiar with various drug crimes and the resulting fallout from drug charge convictions. After being arrested, stress, anxiety, and uncertainty can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Unsure of where to turn for help, you may be hesitant to get family and friends involved, and you may feel alone in dealing with the consequences. Hart Powell, S.C. is waiting to hear from you, and we will not abandon you during the court proceedings. We have decades of experience providing our clients with the best defense possible, and we are familiar with how tough it can be to fight drug charges. If you have been arrested for dabs, weed, edibles, or even schwag, we have the resources to assist in protecting your reputation. Call us at (414) 271-9595 to speak with a member of our team or contact our firm through our website.
The Types of Cases We Represent
Hart Powell, S.C. handles a wide variety of criminal complaints against our clients, and we have experience defending against drug charges at the state and federal levels. We represent cases where people have been accused of drug crimes involving:
These drug charges are sometimes included in addition to other crimes, and we are prepared to represent clients who are accused of more than just drug offenses. If you are facing one or more charges, or know someone who is, it is critical that you speak to a professional lawyer who can guide you through the legal process. You can schedule a free consultation by calling Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595 or chatting with us live through our website.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’ve been arrested and charged with a marijuana-related crime, you likely have many questions about your rights. Fortunately, we have the answers. Contact Hart Powell, S.C. to get the experienced legal representation you need to protect your freedom, your finances, and your future. Call us at (414) 271-9595 to schedule a consultation, and read some of our frequently asked questions below.
What should I do after I’ve been arrested?
Remain calm, polite, and friendly, but do not answer any questions. Getting worked up and resisting arrest will only encourage law enforcement to take more aggressive measures. Anything you say can be used to prove the charges against you, and it is important that you withhold any information until you have spoken with your lawyer in private. You should take the time to find a highly-qualified lawyer who has a record of success at defending the types of crimes you have been accused of committing because your future is at risk.
How serious are the punishments for marijuana crimes?
In Wisconsin, marijuana charges carry stiff penalties and severe consequences. For starters, your vehicle could be subject to forfeiture, and your license could be suspended for six months to five years. Even a first-time misdemeanor for possession of pot can be punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months imprisonment. Cultivating one marijuana plant or selling anything less than 200 grams are both considered to be Class I felonies with up to 3.5 years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines. Possessing paraphernalia is also a crime that is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. If these punishments seem harsh, that’s because they are. Do not take chances when it comes to protecting your rights and defending against marijuana accusations.
If I’m guilty, should I still find a lawyer?
Yes, a qualified lawyer will be able to negotiate on your behalf. The courts are pressed for time, and they will not waste their efforts by carefully evaluating your individual situation. You need to hire a law firm that is committed to representing your best interests. They may be able to reduce the length of imprisonment, lower financial penalties, or even get the charges dropped altogether. The best advice is to at least meet with a lawyer for a consultation to discuss your options and fight the charges against you, no matter what the situation may be.
Wisconsin Cannabis Laws as of 2018
Marijuana is one of the most widely used drugs in the United States, with over 25 million Americans using it every year. Marijuana arrests account for approximately 44% of all drug-related crimes in the U.S. While the drug was prohibited by the Federal government in 1937, studies have shown that the use of marijuana is less damaging to the body than the use of alcohol or tobacco.
Cannabis is the scientific name for a genus of flowering plants that produce psychoactive, stimulating, and depressive effects on the brain. Included within this classification are the species of cannabis known as indica and sativa. The herb is growing in political relevance, and as of the beginning of 2018, there are 30 states (plus the District of Columbia) that have legalized or decriminalized cannabis to some extent. Although these localized governments have reduced the criminal charges surrounding cannabis, the federal government still classifies cannabis as a top threat to the community. Wisconsin is currently debating whether or not cannabis should be legalized in the state, but, as of right now, cannabis is still illegal.
Regardless of what you call it, Hart Powell, S.C. is familiar with the laws surrounding cannabis. If you have been arrested for possession, intent to distribute, cultivating, or paraphernalia, you need to find legal assistance to help defend against the allegations.
Contact Hart Powell, S.C.
Our team of dedicated lawyers has a thorough understanding of how the prosecution will use evidence and other techniques to convince the court that you are guilty, and we will work fight the charges against you. The secret to our success is analyzing every detail surrounding your case and using that information to our advantage. Hart Powell, S.C. has the resources to conduct our own investigation into the circumstances around your arrest, and we will work hard to provide you with the highest-quality legal representation possible. You owe it to yourself and your family to defend these claims, so contact the law firm that will fight for your rights. Call us at (414) 271-9595 or contact Hart Powell, S.C. through our website to schedule your free consultation.