When Wisconsin prosecutors file criminal charges against someone, it does not necessarily mean that he or she will go to jail. In fact, it does not necessarily mean that he or she will even be convicted. Sometimes, multiple charges are filed, as in the case of a 39-year-old man who faced charges in September for drug crimes.
The ultimate outcome of this particular case includes a jail sentence for a man who was convicted of manufacturing and delivering cocaine. He was also found guilty for possession of more than 40 grams of cocaine, with intent to distribute the drug. Because the charges for which he was convicted are felonies, the penalties he incurred are quite severe.
In addition to spending more than six years behind bars, he will also face substantial fines and is prohibited from possessing a firearm. On the brighter side of things, there were numerous other charges filed against the man that were dismissed. However, those charges were read into the record, which means the judge overseeing the case was able to consider the underlying conduct of the charges when determining the sentence in connection with the felony charges.
When charges associated with drug crimes are dismissed, it is often to the credit of the efforts of an experienced defense attorney. Acting on behalf of a defendant, an attorney may be able to poke holes in the prosecution's case, or even challenge certain charges if there are grounds to do so, such as if a defendant's personal rights were violated. Any Wisconsin resident currently facing drug charges may find it beneficial to reach out for support before heading to court.