The recent arrest of a young man from Greenfield raises some important questions as to whether the drug charges against him will hold up in court. He was charged in Milwaukee County with possession of THC and possession of nitrous oxide with intent to inhale.
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.
Generally speaking, Wisconsin parents do not want drugs in the schools their children attend. But parents also realize that children make mistakes. When these mistakes include drug possession, or possession with intent to sell, parents are understandably concerned about what will happen to their kids. Some Wisconsin parents may have these issues in mind after three students were allegedly caught with marijuana at a local high school.
When a report of a Wisconsin arrest on drug-related offenses is publicized, it often sounds ominous, and certainly drug charges are serious business. But initial media reports of drug trafficking and other allegations are usually not much more than summaries of police representations, and it is typical that the authorities want to make their report as compelling as possible. But sometimes the individuals charged get lost in the shuffle. In the rush to persuade a court that an arrest was warranted, police sometimes overstate charges. For instance, a police report might make an amount of marijuana sound more substantial by recording the amount in grams rather than in ounces, which seems to be the case in one instance where about one ounce of marijuana was purportedly confiscated and recorded as 25.9 grams.
Can a drug trafficking charge in Wisconsin stick against a person who tries to board a plane with $24,000 in cash? That's what happened in the case of a 20-year-old man who planned to board a plane for San Francisco in September. When he went through security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) technology detected abnormalities in his luggage. The officials searched his suitcase and found the cash.