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Guiding you through the defense process following drug charges

Facing a drug crime allegation can be extremely detrimental to the professional and personal reputation of the accused. Additionally, depending on the criminal history of a defendant, the type of drug they allegedly possessed, the quantity of drugs in their possession and what acts the person is being accused of, a defendant could face serious penalties. Thus, it is important to take every drug charge seriously.

At our law firm, we understand that defendants are facing a wide variety of emotions and concerns following drug charge. It can become an overwhelming experience. However, our attorneys have years of experience representing clients facing a wide variety of drug crimes. We are devoted to serving individuals in the Lake County area, helping them navigate the criminal defense process.

Can you refuse a breath test during a suspected DUI stop?

Being pulled over by the police is often a nerve-wrecking position to be in for motorists in Wisconsin and elsewhere. Whether or not a driver is fully aware of why they were stopped or not, the driver is likely nervous that they could face a traffic charge. In cases where a driver is suspected of drunk driving, a driver might be unsure what they are required to do and what they may refuse to submit to. While drivers are likely to comply with field sobriety tests, they might be wary when it comes to taking a breathalyzer.

Can you refuse a breath test during a suspected DUI stop? If a driver is asked to submit to a breath test and refuses to comply with this request, the driver could face serious consequences. If an officer has reasonable suspicion that a driver is under the influence of alcohol and asks a motorist to submit to a breathalyzer test to determine their BAC level, the driver could face a driver's license suspension for refusing to comply.

The different types of drug crimes

When defendants in Wisconsin are facing drug charges, they could be faced with consequences that will impact them for a lifetime. Both federal and state laws outline various types of drug crimes. Depending on the type of charges, a defendant could face harsh penalties. State drug laws tend to be narrower, but they cannot conflict with current federal drug laws. State drug crimes tend to result in short-term sentencing or even probation, but federal drug charges have the tendency to result in longer sentences.

When facing drug charges, it is imperative to understand the type of drug crimes a defendant is accused of. This often requires knowing the drug in question, the quantity and any evidence collected at the scene of the crime. Understanding the details of the charges also helps a defendant assert a defense.

Charged with drug possession in Wisconsin? Save your future!

As a general rule, non-violent charges carry lesser sentences than violent charges. However, when it comes to drug possession, these rules do not always apply. If you are facing drug possession charges, it is vital to seek out a strong defense to ensure that your future is not derailed simply because the law allows harsh punishment for drug offenders.

Every minute that you wait to begin building your defense is time that the state has to make a case against you, and the state is rarely lenient.

Racine man arrest on several felony drug charges

Facing serious criminal allegations is a difficult predicament for Wisconsin residents. This is especially true if an individual is accused of committing a drug crime. If the elements of the presumed crime make it a felony, the accused could face harsh penalties and long-term consequences.

A Racine man is in such a situation following his recent arrest. According to recent reports, the 34-year-old man was arrested following a sting operation. The man allegedly sold crack and heroin to undercover police officers. Following this arrest, a warrant was granted to search the man's residence.

What is a juvenile delinquent?

As a pervious post highlighted, children and young adults in Wisconsin could be charged with a juvenile crime, facing serious consequences through the juvenile court system. While juveniles tried as juveniles face less harsh penalties when compared to their adult counterparts, this only occurs if the alleged offender is deemed a juvenile delinquent and will remain in the juvenile system.

What is a juvenile delinquent? In simple terms, a juvenile delinquent is a person usually between the ages of 10 and 18 who has been accused of a crime or committed an act that violates local, state or federal law. Thus, crimes committed by minor are referred to as delinquent acts, and rather than going through a trial, juveniles have an adjudication. This involves receiving a disposition and a sentence.

The juvenile justice system in Wisconsin

Residents of all ages in Wisconsin can be accused of a crime. That means even individuals deemed children could face criminal allegations. While it is a serious situation to be charged with a crime, it is important to understand the difference between the juvenile justice system versus the criminal system adults are sent through. Additionally, it is crucial to be aware what could cause a child to be tried as an adult and have his or her case transferred to into the adult system.

The Juvenile court sees offenders between the aged of 10 and 16; however, children between these ages could be in the adult system if he or she is subject to original adult jurisdiction or if he or she is waived to adult court. When a juvenile between the ages of 10 and 16 are first taken into custody, this is typically done by law enforcement unless they are referred to intake by a school official, parent or guardian if he or she is suspected of violating a state or federal law, local ordinance, court order or suspected of being a runaway.

Helping you fight a drunk driving charge

Being pulled over by the police is often an overwhelming event. For some motorists, it might be unclear why they were stopped; however, no matter the allegations, if a citation is issued, fines are likely to result. When drunk driving allegations are made, however, motorists could also face serious penalties. This charge is unlike other traffic violations and could result in the loss of a license, hefty fines and even jail time. Thus, it is important to understand the situation fully and what steps could be taken to avoid such consequences.

With over 100 years of combined legal experience, Bucher Law Group, LLC, has seen its fair share of DUI cases. In fact, our law firm has helped countless past client successfully defeat drunk driving accusations. Our attorneys are dedicated to serving residents in the Delafield area, and our main focus is to serve the needs and goals of our clients.

3 tips for fighting your OWI charge in Wisconsin

The State of Wisconsin takes drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs very seriously. That can mean that charges put you at risk of strict punishments. Fortunately, you're an adult with a long history without criminal charges. You have a good job, and you have positive references. There are affirmative defenses to DUI or OWI charges, so you can continue with the clean reputation you've always had.

We advise clients facing drug charges in Delafield

People in Delafield who are facing drug charges should know that there may be legal options available to them to fight or otherwise deal with the allegations. The prosecution is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt all of the elements of the crime alleged. And often there may be programs available to provide help instead of punishment for eligible defendants.

Not long ago we told you about Wisconsin's drug diversion program. Certain non-violent offenders are provided with substance abuse treatment and other services instead of jail time. This helps to get non-violent offenders the help they need and helps reduce the amount of space in jails taken up by non-violent offenders.