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WI criminal lawyerFelonies are more serious crimes that can result in a prison sentence of more than one year. Drug crimes are the most common reason that non-violent offenders are incarcerated across the country. However, not all drug crimes are felonies. Simple possession of certain narcotics, especially as a first offense, may be charged as a misdemeanor rather than a felony. However, it is possible to be charged with and convicted of a drug felony even if you have no prior criminal record. If you are facing felony drug charges, an attorney may sometimes be able to make a strong argument for having your charges reduced to misdemeanors.

Which Drug Offenses Are Misdemeanors?

Misdemeanor drug offenses usually involve the possession of a small amount of an illegal narcotic for personal use rather than any kind of sales or manufacturing operation. Drug-related misdemeanors include:

  • Paraphernalia - If you are caught with a device used to consume drugs, such as a marijuana pipe or a needle used for heroin injection, you could be charged with a misdemeanor even if you did not have any of the narcotic on you at the time.
  • Simple possession - If you only had a small quantity of most illegal drugs, such as cocaine, psilocybin, or methamphetamine, you will likely face misdemeanor charges for your first offense. This offense is punishable by up to one year in jail or a $5,000 fine, so it is not to be taken lightly.
  • Cannabis - If the substance in question is cannabis, the situation is somewhat less serious. Possessing a small amount of cannabis for your own consumption is a misdemeanor, carrying up to six months in jail or a fine of $1,000.

Which Drug Offenses Are Felonies?

Drug felonies are very serious charges that can affect the rest of your life. Being a felon can seriously limit the opportunities you will have going forward. Drug-related felonies in Wisconsin include:

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Racine County Child Pornography Defense LawyerSmartphones have changed almost every aspect of our lives. Taking a quick picture and sending it to a friend or romantic partner is easier than ever. However, when the picture is sexually explicit and the subject of the picture is underage, the person who took the picture may face criminal charges. So-called “sexting” may seem like harmless fun to teens, however, sexting can lead to charges for sexual exploitation of a child or child pornography.

Teenagers Can Face Criminal Charges for Nude Photographs

In Wisconsin, it is against the law to create, possess, or distribute sexually explicit pictures of anyone under 18 years old. Many people misunderstand the law about sharing nude photographs. They assume that it is only illegal if one party is an adult, and the other party is a child. However, Wisconsin’s laws prohibiting sexual exploitation of a child apply to both adults and minors. It is illegal for someone 18 years old or older to take or send nude pictures of an underage person. But it is also illegal for an underage person to take a nude selfie of himself or herself and send it to another person. Parents who allow children to take or distribute nude photographs may also face criminal charges.

Some states have “Romeo and Juliet” exemptions to the law that reduce or eliminate criminal penalties for consensual sexual activity between teenagers who are close in age. However, Wisconsin does not have this type of exemption. Teens who send nude selfies of each other can face charges under sexual exploitation of a child and child pornography.

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Jefferson County Criminal Defense AttorneyWisconsin law requires individuals involved in a serious car accident to stop and exchange contact information. However, some drivers flee the scene. Whether due to the shock of experiencing a traumatic car crash or in an effort to avoid criminal charges, leaving the scene of an accident is illegal. Individuals charged with committing a hit and run can face fines up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail. However, if great bodily harm resulted from the crash, the offender may face felony charges and up to 15 years’ imprisonment. The consequences of a hit and run can be life-altering, so securing strong legal representation is crucial.

Defending Against Hit and Run Charges in Waukesha County

The first step in defending yourself against hit and run charges is hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Your lawyer will evaluate the circumstances of the alleged offense and get details about how and when the accident occurred. Evidence including traffic cameras, dash cameras, forensic evidence at the crash scene, and vehicle damage can help the attorney piece together what happened. Witness statements can also be useful evidence; however, eyewitness accounts are not always reliable. Your attorney will ensure that any evidence is obtained and preserved properly.

Next, the attorney will evaluate the prosecution’s case against you. He or she will identify inconsistencies or weaknesses in the prosecution’s claims. To convict someone of hit and run, the prosecution must prove the charges “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Casting doubt on the defendant’s guilt may help the defendant avoid conviction.

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Racine County Weapons Charges Defense LawyerWisconsin has gun laws that respect the rights of its citizens to engage in hunting, recreational gun ownership, and self-defense. However, people who have been convicted of a felony offense are prohibited from owning or possessing firearms and there are serious consequences for those convicted of illegal possession of a gun. If you are facing charges of illegal firearm possession, it is important to have a skilled and aggressive criminal defense lawyer who can help you build a case on your behalf. 

When Can Possession of a Firearm Be Illegal in Wisconsin? 

There are many situations in which a citizen may not be legally permitted to own or possess a firearm, but behavior related to felony convictions is one of the most common. Persons can be prohibited from having a gun in the following circumstances: 

Ozaukee County DUI Defense LawyerA conviction for drunk driving can have significant legal and financial implications. Operating while intoxicated (OWI) can lead to fines and loss of your driver’s license. Second and subsequent OWI convictions are penalized even more harshly. Some OWI offenses even result in jail time. If you or a loved one were accused of drunk driving, it is important to explore your legal options.

How to Defend Yourself Against an OWI or DUI in Wisconsin

Being accused of a crime like drunk driving or drugged driving does not necessarily mean you will be convicted of the offense. As with all criminal charges, the prosecution must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. An experienced criminal defense attorney may use many different tactics to cast doubt on your guilt or prove your innocence.

Understanding Probable Cause in a DUI Case  

Police do not have free reign to pull over drivers for no reason. Officers must have a reasonable suspicion that the driver has committed a crime. For example, if police see you run a red light or weave in and out of traffic, they have the right to pull you over. If police pull over a driver without a valid reason for doing so, any evidence obtained during the traffic stop may be inadmissible under the exclusionary rule. Evidence, such as the results of a breathalyzer test, would be unusable during future legal proceedings.

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