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Defense Lawyer for Drug Charges in Wisconsin

Arm yourself against any kind of drug charge with an experienced Milwaukee drug defense attorney

Substance abuse in America is on the rise, and not a lot is being done about it. Instead of getting the addiction help people deserve, they’re often locked up with no treatment whatsoever. Drug addiction is a real illness. That means people who suffer from it deserve real treatment. Fight for the treatment you deserve with drug defense lawyer Sydne French.

Mortality rates from drug abuse have increased dramatically over the past several decades. With so many people experiencing life threatening addiction, Sydne French aims to win not just their freedom, but treatment for better health.

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What is the punishment for Wisconsin drug charges?

There’s a huge range of penalties for drug-related crimes in Wisconsin depending a number of factors, including:

  • What kind of substance is involved
  • How much of that substance is involved
  • Your previous drug offense record

The DEA classifies drugs in five different schedules. Each classification has a different level of severity, and therefor different penalties.

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Example of substance schedules:

Schedule 1

Considered 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. Includes: Heroin, LSD, Ecstacy, Marijuana

Schedule 2

Like Schedule I drugs, drugs in Schedule II carry a high risk of abuse or dependency. Unlike Schedule I drugs, Schedule II drugs may have legitimate medical uses. Includes: Methamphetamines, Cocaine, Oxycodone

Schedule 3

Considered to have a moderate risk of abuse. Includes: Ketamine, Anabolic steroids, Testosterone

Schedule 4

Considered to have a slight risk of dependency and acceptable medical uses. Includes: Xanax, Soma, Valium, Ambien

Schedule 5

Considered to have a very low risk of dependency. Includes:Lotomis, Lyrica, Parepectolin


Attorney French provides a free legal consultation to get to know the specifics of your case before moving forward.

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What are Wisconsin Drug Fraud Crimes? 

The crime of drug fraud is usually driven by addiction. Drug addiction can affect anyone at any time. 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.

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.

Protect yourself against drug charges by contacting Defense Attorney Sydne French.
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