Many popular shows on television these days glamorize the drug trade by depicting it as an adventure filled lifestyle that could bring around a lot of money very quickly. It also paints the picture that the legal and social attitude toward recreational drug use such as heroin is lenient, but this is far from the truth. In Wisconsin, heroin use and possession remains illegal. In fact, it is a schedule I drug, which means it is against the law to be in possession of even a small amount of the drug.
Both federal and state law regulates heroin possession and use. That means that penalties can be very strict, including both prison time and heavy fines. In Wisconsin, possession is considered a Class I felony. The sale of heroin is classified depending on the amount that is being sold. If the amount being sold is less than three grams, it is considered a Class F felony and if it is over 50 grams it is considered a Class C felony. The penalties double if the sale is made to minors and, if the sale is within 1,000 feet of a school, the penalties become harsher.
Penalties range from six months to 40 years in prison, depending on the circumstances of the case. Fines can be up to $100,000. It varies significantly because of the location of the crime, prior criminal history and depending on the amount of heroin involved.
Curbing drug use is one of the foremost priorities of the court, which is why they treat drug offenses seriously. If an individual finds themselves facing drug charges, they should consider mounting a strong legal defense to protect their rights and ensure they can get their version of the events out in the public.