The opioid crisis continues to be a challenge, both from a public health and from a criminal justice perspective. Last week, President Trump's commission on the opioid crisis called for several new measures to deal with the worst drug crisis in American history.
Some decisions that we make may have negative consequences that could affect our reputation in the community and future employment opportunities. In some circumstances, these decisions may also affect the lives of our loved ones. Recently, three Wisconsin men were arrested after allegedly being involved with drug manufacturing.
A 55-year-old Wisconsin man has been sentenced to prison for a year after being convicted of maintaining a drug trafficking location. Prosecutors alleged that the man's role in maintaining the location contributed to the death of a 28-year-old man. The 55-year-old pled no contest to the felony charge, and the judge proceeded to dismiss other more serious felony allegations that had been filed against the man, including reckless homicide by delivery of drugs to the first degree, as well as drug manufacturing and delivery. The convicted man received a credit of 41 days to be subtracted from his sentence for the time he spent in jail before the trial. However, he will have two years of extended supervision after completing his prison term.Although the man was sentenced to one year in prison, prosecutors advocated that he be incarcerated for half a year longer, which would make up the maximum term possible for his crime. The prosecution argued that the man was the source of the illegal substances that caused the other man's death. But defense counsel argued that his client wasn't even present for the drug deal, and was possibly sleeping in another room at the time. The defense counsel further said that his client had never even met the young man who died, since it was another person who had purchased and delivered the drugs.