The type of drug a given drug case is alleged to have involved can have very big impacts here in Wisconsin. It can even have major effects in drug paraphernalia cases. Specifically, a person accused of this type of offense in the state could be exposed to especially major consequences if the alleged paraphernalia involved is related to meth production.
Generally, here in Wisconsin, a person can face up to 30 days of imprisonment and/or a $500 fine for drug paraphernalia possession. Meanwhile, typically, the maximum punishments for delivering or manufacturing such materials in the state are a 90-day term of imprisonment and a $1,000 fine.
However, state law carves out a special exception to this for drug paraphernalia primarily connected to meth production. Rather than being subject to these sentencing rules, offenses involving such meth-related drug paraphernalia can rise to being a felony crime. Typically, possessing, manufacturing or delivering such meth-related paraphernalia is a Class H felony in the state. When it comes to this class of felony, the maximum prison term is six years and the maximum fine is $10,000.
As this underscores, the situation of a person accused of drug paraphernalia offenses in the state can take on a whole new level of seriousness when the allegations involve paraphernalia connected to meth production. In such a situation, a person’s decisions regarding their defense can have particularly big impacts. Many different factors can be key in being properly informed when making these kinds of decisions. So, quality legal guidance can be especially crucial when facing these types of allegations.
Source: Wisconsin State Legislature, “Wisconsin Statutes - 961.573 - Possession of drug paraphernalia.,” Accessed Feb. 27, 2017
Wisconsin State Legislature, “Wisconsin Statutes - 961.574 - Manufacture or delivery of drug paraphernalia.,” Accessed Feb. 27, 2017
Wisconsin State Legislature, “Wisconsin Statutes - 939.50 - Classification of felonies.,” Accessed Feb. 27, 2017