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.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced recently that federal prosecutors don't have the resources to focus on minor marijuana violations such as possession, although the cases could still be prosecuted under state law. This adds a bit of clarity to federal marijuana policy after Sessions reversed an Obama-era policy that had urged U.S. attorneys to avoid such cases.
This blog has previously discussed the possibility that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was about to crack down on marijuana offenses.
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.
In Milwaukee and elsewhere, drug charges are not taken lightly. Those convicted of drug charges, such as drug possession, could face serious penalties that may impact the lives of the accused and their families. Recently, a Milwaukee man was charged with drug possession after police say they found marijuana in his mouth.
Sometimes law enforcement authorities work secretly with federal agencies in order to charge Wisconsin residents with drug crimes. These investigations can last for years while the police try to get as much evidence as they can for a possible conviction. But even if numerous law enforcement agencies work together, there can still be serious flaws in the way an investigation or an arrest is conducted. To protect the rights of the accused, a strong criminal defense will work to find those flaws and seek a significant reduction of charges.
Wisconsin police officers often serve warrants to search a person's home. But not every warrant is a valid one. Technicalities are very important if the United States Constitution is to be enforced. Too often, police officers jump to conclusions and execute an invalid search warrant, and if it can be shown in court that a warrant was invalid, the criminal charges against an individual can be dismissed.
Wisconsin law enforcement agencies have lately been cracking down on alleged drug crimes. And while there are many types of drug charges, possession with intent to sell can be one of the more serious. Indeed, a conviction of this type of drug charge can lead to substantial jail time.On Dec. 15, police executed a "no-knock" search warrant in Wisconsin. Two men were subsequently arrested as a result of the search. According to police, the men were ages 21 and 25 and were arrested at an apartment about 3:30 in the afternoon. Police claim that they detected the odor of burnt marijuana, and a search of the residence allegedly produced about one quarter of a pound of marijuana, along with cash and various types of drug paraphernalia. Police also claim the alleged marijuana was in baggies commonly used in drug distribution.
A Wisconsin resident is facing a variety of drug-related charges after being arrested as part of what was said to be a month-long investigation into claimed illegal drug distribution in Janesville's Fourth Ward District.
Two Wisconsin men were pulled over on Interstate 35 for a traffic violation which led to an arrest for drug possession. After they were pulled over and searched, the police department seized drugs and money, according to a news release. Authorities claim they found roughly two and a half pounds of medical-grade marijuana. It is not clear why police started the search or whether they had probable cause.