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"Sydne was very informative and made me feel at ease from the moment we first met. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who may find themselves in a similar situation as I." Former OWI client

"Sydne was always available to answer every question I had throughout the entire process, but most importantly she worked not just for me, but with me. I feel like this was the difference between just being a client, and being her client. " R.E.

Attorney Sydne FrenchI try to take a personal interest in every person who calls me for help. I do my best to make sure they do not feel like they are just a case number or just another "defendant." I make the time to really listen to their side of things, their perspectives, and their concerns. I do my best to stay in touch, and I welcome my clients to do the same. They know they can call me 24/7 and that I am there for them 100%.

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We are passionate about what we do and it shows.  We have earned  a solid reputation for negotiating significantly reduced charges, penalties, and dismissals while aggressively defending our clients against the power and resources of the State.

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Arrested for Possession? Facing Intent to Distribute Charges?

Don't let a criminal drug charge ruin your life. Get the aggressive, experienced defense you deserve!

If you have been charged with a drug crime, you need an aggressive, experienced attorney who knows how to win.   At The Law Offices of Sydne French, we achieve superior results defending our clients against all manner of drug charges, such as possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute or sell, or manufacturing drugsWe handle all types of drug crimes involving all types of controlled substances as well, including marijuana, crack and cocaine, MDMA or ecstasy, speed, heroin, and various prescription/pain medications such as oxycontin, hydrocodone (Vicodin) and others.

Our firm specializes in defending licensed health professionals against drug fraud cases.  We work closely with the the Wisconsin Department of  Regulation and Licensing to help our clients keep their professional healthcare licenses.  We also aid graduates waiting for approval of their application to the relevant professional board while defending them against criminal drug fraud charges in court.  Visit our Defending Licensed Healthcare Professionals page for more information or call us today to discuss how we may help you fight your case and minimize the consequences to your professional license.

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At our firm, we are passionate about what we do, and it shows!  Attorney Sydne French has won hundreds of serious criminal cases of all types.  She is known for negotiating significantly reduced charges, penalties, and dismissals.  Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation in our Waukesha office or Milwaukee office.  We can also schedule a consultation by phone if you like — whatever is most convenient for you!



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Wisconsin Drug Fraud Crimes

The crime of drug fraud is usually driven by addiction.  Drug addiction can affect anyone at anytime.  People in all professions—police officers, lawyers, doctors and nurses included—can find themselves facing drug fraud charges.  Often, individuals who were once legitimately prescribed pain medication, become addicted and later attempt to increase the number of refills without their doctor's approval.  The bottom line is that it can happen to anyone.

Whether it is charged as a felony or misdemeanor, drug fraud can have long lasting, wide spread effects.  If you are a nurse, doctor, or other type of healthcare professional, you may lose your license to practice, or your ability to find work as a medical professional may be greatly diminished.

Drug Fraud Crimes

Drug fraud can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor.

Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud
Wisconsin Statute 961.43(1)(a) defines obtaining a controlled substance by fraud as the illegal acquisition of controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.

Penalties: Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud is a level H Felony, punishable by a fine of $10,000 and 6 years in prison.

Obtaining a Prescription Drug by Fraud
Wisconsin Statute 450.11(7) prohibits obtaining or attempting to obtain a prescription drug by fraud, deceit, or willful misrepresentation, or by forgery or alteration of a prescription order, or by willful concealment of a material fact, or by use of a false name or address.

Penalties: Obtaining a prescription drug by fraud is an unclassified level misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $500 and 6 months in jail.

The number of prescription or controlled drug fraud arrests are on the rise.  Because of this, prosecutors rarely file drug fraud charges as misdemeanors. It is more common for one to find themselves facing several felony counts of drug fraud.

Under the laws in Wisconsin, a drug fraud crime can occur in many ways. The most common forms of drug fraud crimes include:

Altering a prescription in order to increase dosage, quantity, or number of refills
Making a forged or fake prescription
Impersonating a doctor or nurse while calling in a prescription
Filling someone else's prescription without their knowledge
Falsely representing oneself to be a manufacturer, distributor, pharmacist, or practitioner
Stealing a physician's prescription pad to write a prescription

If you are facing drug fraud charges, call or email The Law Offices of Sydne French today for a free initial consultation.  We will give you an honest evaluation of your case and help you to determine what your next course of action should be to get your life and your career back on track.


Wisconsin Drug Schedules & Categories

Wisconsin and the federal government separate drugs into categories of controlled substances called “schedules.”  These schedules are based on the level of risk for abuse/dependency, as well as whether the drug has an accepted medical use.

Schedule I: considered to be the most dangerous of all.  They are deemed to carry a high risk of addiction/dependency.  The most distinguishing factor of Schedule I drugs is that they have no legitimate use in medicine. Drugs commonly included under this heading are LSD, marijuana, heroine, ecstasy, and GHB (Gamma hydroxy butyrate, a.k.a. "date rape drug").

Schedule II: like Schedule I drugs, drugs in Schedule II carry a high risk of abuse or dependency.  Unlike Schedule I drugs, however, Schedule II drugs may have legitimate medical uses. Drugs in this category include substances such as opium, methadone, methamphetamines, cocaine, and amphetamines.

Schendule III: considered to have a moderate risk of abuse. These substances include codeine, hydrocodone, testosterone, ketamine, certain depressants, and anabolic steroids.

Schedule IV: considered to have a slight risk of dependency and acceptable medical uses, including substances such as clonazepam, sedatives, and some tranquilizers.

Schedule V considered to have a very low risk of dependency, such as OTC (over the counter) medication with Codeine.



Wisconsin Drug Possession Penalties

Wisconsin drug laws generally follow federal drug laws.  Wisconsin penalties can sometimes be more or less severe than the federal government.  Under Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 961, the basis for the particular drug crime charged, and the penalties you may face, is the type of drug involved.

Chapter 961 covers many types of controlled substances.  The most severe penalties are those resulting from a conviction of drugs in Schedule I (e.g., LSD, marijuana, mescaline, heroin, peyote) and Schedule II (e.g., cocaine, methadone, opium, amphetamines, methamphetamines). 

Other factors influencing the penalty for possession of any given drug include number of prior convictions.   That is, the penalties are less severe for first time offenders than they are for repeat offenders.  For instance:

Cocaine 1st conviction 1 year local jail + $5,000 fine
Cocaine 2nd and subsequent conviction 3 ½ years prison + $10,000 fine
Methamphetamines, no difference for 1st and subsequent convictions 6 years prison + $10,000 fine
Marijuana, LSD, & other hallucinogens, 1st conviction 1 year local jail + $5,000 fine
Marijuana, LSD, & other hallucinogens, 2nd conviction 3 ½ years prison + $10,000 fine


Other factors that can increase penalties for Wisconsin drug crimes and influence the judge at sentencing include the location the crime was alleged to have taken place, and the quantity of the drug.

Wisconsin drug laws are complicated.  Our office is skilled in defending individuals against all manner of drug charges in Wisconsin.  Contact our office today for a free, no pressure consultation.  We will discuss your rights and options with you and we will give you an honest opinion of your case.



Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP)

Also known as "Boot Camp," the Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP) is a program that can reduce the initial period of incarceration in a criminal sentence. Boot Camp or CIP is common with drug cases/convictions, because one of the criteria required to become eligible for it is a qualified drug problem or substance abuse treatment need.

Criminal sentences today come with two parts: initial incarceration, and extended supervision (similar to probation).  Upon successful completion of Boot Camp / CIP, an inmate will be released from prison earlier.  It is important to keep in mind, however, that the overall length of the sentence (initial incarceration + extended supervision) will not be reduced.  Any time that is reduced on the initial incarceration portion of a sentence, is simply added to the extended supervision portion so that it all balances out.

At the time of sentencing, the judge determines whether a defendant is eligible for CIP based on criteria set forth in Wisconsin Statute Section 973.01(3m).  Once the trial court has found a defendant to be eligible for CIP, the final placement determination is made by certain committees and bureaus within the Department of Corrections.

The Bureau of Offender Classification and Movement (BOCM), through a Reclassification Hearing conducted at an inmate’s current institution, will review inmates who have been found appropriate for CIP.  The BOCM must determine that the inmate has a substance abuse problem, and that the inmate has no psychological, physical, or medical limitations that would preclude the inmate from participating in CIP.  The BOCM also looks at an inmate’s conduct while at the institution.  If the inmate meets all requirements, he/she will be allowed to participate when the BOCM deems them appropriate for placement in a minimum-security facility.  There is a wait list however, and inmates are transferred to CIP on a seniority basis.  In other words, those who have been on the wait list the longest, get transferred first.

The bottom line is that, although a judge can declare a defendant statutorily eligible for CIP at sentencing, it is ultimately up to the BOCM as to whether and when the inmate actually participates in CIP.






The Law Office of Sydne French provides representation to individuals facing charges such as Possession Distribution Sale Manufacturing Drugs, Drug Transportation, Prescription Fraud, Illegal Possession Sale Prescription Drugs, Possession Controlled Substances (such as Crack, Cocaine, Heroin, Ecstacy MDMA, Methamphetamine, Speed, Marijuana, Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone).  We specialize in serving nurses, doctors, and various other licensed healthcare professionals across north and south eastern Wisconsin, including Waukesha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Jefferson, Washington, Dodge, Kenosha, Racine, and Fond du Lac counties.



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