Maintaining a drug trafficking place is a felony in Wisconsin. Wis. Stat. § 961.42 criminalizes knowingly manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance from a place or structure knowingly kept or maintained for that purpose. Maintaining a drug trafficking place - or maintaining a drug dwelling - can also be charged if you were storing or keeping a controlled substance for the purpose of manufacturing or delivery. This is a Class I felony which is punishable by 3.5 years of imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.
Maintaining a Drug Dwelling for the use of Controlled Substances is also a violation
Maintaining a drug dwelling for manufacturing and delivery are not the only acts that will lead to a felony drug charge. Prosecutors have often bring this charge when the place, such as an apartment or house, is frequently used for the consuming a controlled substance. What ever the basis for the charge, an experienced drug crime attorney can often reduce the charges and penalties.
What the State has to prove to convict you of Maintaining a Drug Dwelling
The state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt the following three elements in order to get a conviction for maintaining a drug dwelling in Wisconsin:
- The defendant kept or maintained a place;
- The place was used for either manufacturing, keeping, or delivering a controlled substance;
- The defendant kept such a place knowingly.
To keep or maintain a place is to exercise the management or control over such a place. It does not require that the individual owned the property, just that they maintained or controlled the property in question.
Madison, WI Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place Attorneys
Do not let the state and its prosecutors push you around with threats of felony drug charges. Maintaining a place used for manufacturing, keeping, or delivery of a controlled substance is a serious charge, but it can be defended against! The experienced drug crime attorneys at Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. can fight your charges. Our attorneys are qualified maintaining a drug trafficking place attorneys.
Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. has represented many individuals charged with controlled substance crimes. Our attorneys know how to defend against these charges. We understand how the courts work and what judges look for in sentencing. Let Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. fight the charges for you. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.