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 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.
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.
In addition to claims that he illegally deceived a number of local store clerks, police allege that a Wisconsin man was also dealing drugs. Prosecutors claim the man took illegal advantage of roughly 50 businesses in the last few months. This past summer, police arrested the man but lacked enough evidence to charge him. However, on Oct. 20, policed charged the man with drug trafficking after they purportedly found cocaine in his residence allegedly wrapped for resale.
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.
A Wisconsin man was arrested on criminal charges, including bribery and drug possession, in Chicago after police pulled him over for driving without headlights at 1 a.m. Police claim they noticed an open beer can in the cup holder of the center console and ordered him to have a sobriety test. They also spotted a gun on his driver's seat, a small bag of marijuana and cash.
Another person has been brought up on serious criminal charges following the discovery of an adult man's corpse near Red Cloud Park in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The details behind the discovery of the body have revealed a web of drug use and a conspiracy to avoid criminal charges. Now, a 59-year-old man has been arrested in connection with hiding the corpse and police are still seeking another suspect.