Defending Drug Cases
Whether federal or in Wisconsin, drug offenses break down into three primary groups: simple possession, delivery of a controlled substance, and manufacturing of a controlled substance. Penalties for committing a drug offense vary greatly, depending on the amount of drugs, the type of drug involved, whether the offender has an underlying substance abuse problem, and whether the offender is willing to participate in treatment.
A drug conviction can have substantial, negative effects on a person's future. Possession of some drugs is a felony even as a first offense. Second and subsequent offenses are often felonies. For first-time offenders, drug convictions can mean the end of student loan or financial aid opportunities. Finally, a drug conviction can add to an offender's criminal history, making them more likely to become a habitual offender, even if they never commit another drug offense.
Hiring a drug defense attorney like Attorneys Richards or Dimmer is the first step in addressing the above-issues. We can work to challenge the State or Federal government's case, how they obtained the drug evidence. We obtain and review search warrants, as the government often relies upon these documents to enter a client’s home. We demand to inspect the physical evidence to confirm that the State even has the drugs they say they do. We obtain State Crime Laboratory reports and cross-reference them with the police reports to confirm that the substances tested are the drugs the prosecution has charged our client with. Drug cases are defendable—typical defenses include personal use (if the quantity is substantial), lack of possession, and challenges to the truthfulness of the State’s witnesses, particularly a confidential informant. If necessary, we can act as a facilitator between the State, the court, and you, for obtaining vital treatment and direct the case toward a rehabilitative (rather than punitive) sentence. Most importantly, we have years of jury trial experience, and wins, in both Wisconsin State and Federal drug cases.
Here is a short list of steps we regularly take to successfully defend drug cases:
-Challenge a traffic stop, extension of the traffic stop, or search of the vehicle;
-Challenge the probable cause supporting a search warrant or the reasonableness of the search warrant execution;
-Challenge the credibility of the cooperating citizen or "CI" who worked for the government in a controlled buy;
-Challenge the weight and packaging of a seized quantity of drugs;
-Challenge the search of a residence if conducted outside of a search warrant;
-Challenge the search of cellular phones or other electronic data used to connect clients to drug use/dealing.