Milwaukee Oxycontin Defense Lawyers
Oxycontin is a prescription drug used to relieve moderate to heavy pain and is one of the most popular prescription drugs to be abused in the United States. Oxycontin usage is on the rise across the country (including Wisconsin), and there is a growing frequency of Oxycontin-related crimes. Charges for Oxycontin could stem from any of the following:
- Illegal drug possession: Although health care providers have the authority to prescribe oxycontin to patients, the illegal possession of the drug—by a healthcare provider or anyone else—is punishable with fines and jail time.
- Drug distribution or trafficking: The sale of, intent to sell, or transportation with the intent to sell Oxycontin.
- Prescription fraud: Forging prescriptions or filling duplicate prescriptions at several different pharmacies can result in jail time and hefty fines. Prescription fraud may also apply to doctors or pharmacists who are selling prescriptions to individuals.
- Driving under the influence (DUI): Being pulled over for dangerous driving while having Oxycontin in your system, whether or not the driver is a prescription holder, is against the law. Unlike alcohol, there is no “illegal” limit of Oxycontin one can have in their system to be considered intoxicated, so a good defense will usually focus on aspects of the stop.
While penalties for these crimes vary, you may face anything from $50,000 in fines to at least three years in prison for Oxycontin-related drug crimes. Facing these charges on your own can be overwhelming and confusing. With so much at stake, you should be sure to hire the skilled team at Kohler Hart Powell, SC to defend you. We will advocate on your behalf to ensure that you obtain the best results possible in your case.
Oxycontin-Related Drug Crimes Fall Under State and Federal Laws
Drug-related crimes—including those that include Oxycontin—are subject to state and federal laws and prosecution. Oxycontin is a controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act of the United States, which makes parsing out your rights and defenses all the more complicated. The attorneys at Kohler Hart Powell, SC have the experience and knowledge to analyze your state prosecution, guide you through your rights, address the overlapping of the state and federal laws, and help you strategize your defense for the best results possible.
Developing the best plan of action while balancing penalties, applicable defenses, and the evidence required to defend against an Oxycontin-related drug charge in the state and federal courts is something best left to an attorney. Attempting to navigate these tricky legal matters on your own can be a long and tiring task. Alleviate some of the stress and obtain some peace of mind by putting your state case in the hands of the well-trained and experienced attorneys at Kohler Hart Powell, SC. Call [phone-number] to get started on an action plan to defend your rights.
Defenses Can Get Complex
Defending against an Oxycontin-related charge may involve many legal and circumstantial variables. The experienced attorneys of Kohler Hart Powell, SC will help sort through the details of your case and figure out the best defense for you. Sometimes you are prescribed Oxycontin and are pulled over for DUI, or you are holding Oxycontin that is prescribed for a relative and, in a search, it appears you have possession of the drug for illegal use or sale. Perhaps you have prescriptions from the same provider for Oxycontin due to provider error(s), and you have been charged with fraud. Or, maybe, law enforcement did not follow procedure and protocol when filling out forms. These are just some of the examples of the variables that can affect your defense.
Whatever mitigating circumstances may apply to your situation, any defense is going to be difficult to make if you are facing the prosecution alone. The legal minds at Kohler Hart Powell, SC are more than capable of analyzing your situation, formulating a defense, and representing you in court. Call (414) 271-9595 to schedule a consultation to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your case and create a defense strategy.
Felony or Misdemeanor—Let Us Help
If you have arrested for a crime involving Oxycontin, you may be facing either a felony or a misdemeanor charge. Mere possession is not as severe as distribution or trafficking and, as a result, is considered a misdemeanor. However, every case is different, and sometimes charges can add up to create a more complex and dire situation. Contact Kohler Hart Powell, SC at (414) 271-9595 to talk about your case and understand what you may be facing.
You may find that a simple misdemeanor charge can quickly turn into a felony-level crime if other elements or crimes are in play with the possession charge. Location may also affect the severity of the punishment for such crimes because selling or attempting to sell Oxycontin under the state and federal law may bring in federal jurisdiction where it would not have otherwise existed. Under the federal law, there is a doubling of the normal penalties if you were arrested within 1,000 feet of an educational institution (e.g., public school, private school, college) or within 100 feet of a public or private youth center, pool, etc. Likewise, under Wisconsin state law, these same situations may result in 100 more hours of community service and an additional five years added to the maximum jail sentence. Call (414) 271-9595 to speak with an attorney who will help you with your case and ensure that you are not unnecessarily exposed to higher sentences or enhanced charges.
A history of related crimes will also add to the penalties faced and sometimes the treatment of the crime. If enhancement is unavoidable, you should give yourself the best shot possible by negotiating for the least severe enhancement available in your situation. Attempting to do this alone can be a headache and is best left to a professional. Let Kohler Hart Powell, SC analyze your situation, help manage your expectations, develop a strategy, and represent you and your best interests.
Hire Kohler Hart Powell, SC Today for Your Defense Needs
If you have been charged an Oxycontin related drug crime, hire an experienced attorney to aggressively fight for your rights. The Milwaukee Oxycontin defense lawyers of Kohler Hart Powell, SC are dedicated to ensuring that you receive the fair trial that you deserve. The many variables present in Oxycontin-related drug crimes mean it is always best to hire an attorney who knows this legal area and can effectively and successfully argue the law on your behalf. Call today to obtain representation that will best serve your interests now and in the future.
Your reputation, family, and future career opportunities will be negatively impacted by a drug crime conviction. Aside from the penalties discussed above, the sheer existence of an Oxycontin-related drug crime on your record can have extremely detrimental effects. If you are facing Oxycontin-related criminal drug charges, contact a lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process. Do not risk losing your job, losing future job opportunities, losing or changing your parental rights, or destroying your status in society because of an ill-planned, self-represented defense strategy. Call our offices to speak with an attorney and hire the right legal assistance and experience to protect you.
The Milwaukee Oxycontin defense lawyers of Kohler Hart Powell, SC are committed to organizing a solid defense on your behalf. Our attorneys are well-versed in criminal matters and have the right set of skills to address Oxycontin-related drug offenses. To schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable attorney, contact the Milwaukee office of Kohler Hart Powell, SC by calling (414) 271-9595.