Throughout the criminal justice system, people of color have traditionally been arrested more often, charged more harshly, given less access to bail, convicted at greater rates and sentenced to longer than their white peers. This has certainly carried through to drug enforcement.
"We are ending the 50-year-long war on cannabis," said Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said in a statement recently. The state has just legalized the possession of marijuana for personal recreational use. Medical marijuana is also legal in Illinois.
Matthew C. was charged with possessing 92 grams of heroin after a baggie full of white powder was discovered in his van. The powder allegedly tested positive for heroin in a field test. In reality, it was laundry detergent.
If you were charged with a misdemeanor, you might decide to plead guilty just to get out of jail and go home. By definition, the penalty for a misdemeanor must be less than a year behind bars, and most people receive far less than that. In many cases, a guilty plea results in no jail time at all.
What crimes do you consider to be the most serious? Murder? Child sex offenses? Even drug trafficking might be a reasonable choice. Most people believe we should apply the harshest sentences to the most serious crimes, and most have an idea of which are the most serious.
While drug cases tend to be fact-specific, prosecutors also have considerable leeway when it comes to the charges they file. Some suspects may think that they are being charged with simple drug possession, only to find out later that they face charges of possession with intent to sell. The difference between these crimes is that the former is often a misdemeanor while the latter can be a felony.
Heroin has always been a dangerous and deadly drug. But in recent years, overdose deaths have increased significantly here in Wisconsin and around the country. Experts say that this due, in part, to stronger and purer forms of heroin coming into the United States via Mexican drug cartels.
Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop, a man whose name drew the attention of the media last year, has been arrested for drug possession near Waukesha, Wisconsin. The 32-year-old man was recently arrested on drug charges for possessing marijuana with intent to manufacture or deliver. Police arrested the man after he allegedly committed the same offense two years in a row.
In Waukesha, Wisconsin, being involved with prohibited substances is a very serious offense. In fact, law enforcement agencies are always looking for people who have committed such an offense. Upon conviction for a crime like drug possession, conspiracy or drug trafficking, a person usually faces serious consequences, which often includes a very long jail sentence. A Wisconsin man may potentially experience such consequences after he was arrested in an area near Waukesha.
Drug abuse has ruined a lot of lives in Wisconsin. Because of its dangers, illegal substances are being controlled and prohibited by the state's law enforcement system. In Milwaukee, authorities are exerting their utmost efforts to arrest and prosecute people who are allegedly involved with drug trafficking and manufacturing. These offenses may include drug distribution, drug possession and being involved with conspiracy linked with illegal drugs.