Marijuana Offenses

Marijuana attorneys are who focus their legal practice on drug crimes. Although marijuana seems like a "minor" drug to many people, a conviction for a marijuana-related crime can cause significant trouble for you, not only today, but the rest of your life.  Wisconsin, though Wis. Stat. 961.41,  and the federal government have laws with harsh penalties for marijuana-related crimes such as:

  • possessing
  • growing ( aka manufacturing)
  • transporting
  • distributing, and
  • selling marijuana

A Marijuana Attorney's Role

A criminal defense lawyer's work on the behalf of an accused individual can make a great deal of difference in the outcome of a case. The skills, knowledge and experience of a marijuana defense attorney will be put to use to protect your rights and minimize the negative consequences of the charges.

A marijuana lawyer can challenge the circumstances of your arrest, interrogation or investigation. Murphy, Volbrecht & Kuehn, SC attorneys can be present at an interrogation  if contacted soon enough and will work to get the marijuana charge(s) reduced or dismissed. If a plea bargain is appropriate and beneficial, we will explain such options to you.

For example, a prosecutor (whether state or federal) makes the decision whether to issue a felony or a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession is based not only on the amount of marijuana found, but how it is packaged.  If it's relatively small (e.g., less than an ounce), the accused may be eligible for a dismissal of the charge, or just the payment of a fine.  We have had cases where three 1/8 oz bags of marijuana were recovered, and the person was charged with Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Deliver.   A marijuana defense attorney can tell a client what he or she can expect from the state or federal criminal justice process.

Penalties for Marijuana Offenses

The potential penalties for marijuana crimes include:

  • jail or prison time
  • electronic monitoring
  • fines
  • forfeiture of property
  • community service
  • drug counseling
  • work release
  • loss of your ability to obtain finacial aid for college 

Factors Affecting Marijuana Penalties

There are many factors to affect the charges that may be issued in a given your case, such as the amount of the marijuana involved, and:

  • age - are you an adult or a minor
  • your criminal record, or lack of one
  • prior drug convictions or arrests
  • whether the marijuana was still being grown, or processed for use 
  • whether any minor was involved
  • whether you had in your possession drug paraphernalia, like scales or baggies, or a large amount of cash

Contact a Lake Geneva Marijuana Lawyer About the Legal Matters That Affect You

Please contact our Elkhorn law firm with questions about the legal matters that affect you. We are available by calling 262-723-4110 or by completing our online contact form. Our Elkhorn criminal and family law attorneys are available five days a week, as well as evenings and weekends by appointment. Home and hospital visits are available.