One decision can change a person's everyday life drastically. A person facing drug charges, such as drug manufacturing, could face public scrutiny and prejudices from family, friends and the community at large. This could make it difficult for a defendant to keep and find employment. Recently, two people were arrested and now face drug charges after a heroin bust in Wisconsin.
According to police reports, a woman and a man were charged with drug offenses. Police say that an undercover investigation led to six felony offenses for manufacturing and delivering heroin for each individual. The man also faces a charge for obstructing an officer. Each individual faces more than 70 years in prison and over $100,000 in fines. According to police, undercover investigators made contact with the two over several occasions before the two were arrested.
Generally, drug manufacturing involves producing and possessing illegally controlled substances and drug distribution involves the transporting and selling of controlled substances. In Wisconsin, a drug offense conviction could mean a long-term jail or prison sentence, harsh fines, mandatory drug treatment and probation. It is important to note that drug offenses are specific to the circumstances in the case; one element of a case could mean the difference between a reduced sentence and a dismissal of the charges the defendant faces.
Drug offense convictions in Wisconsin carry very stiff fines that could turn a defendant's world upside down. Because of this, defendants should be aware of possible defenses and create a strategic defense plan that will reduce or even eliminate the penalties the defendant may face.
Source: OakCreekPatch, "Undercover Drug Bust Lands O.C. Woman Charges," Lyssa Beyer, April 24, 2013