If a Wisconsin resident answers his or her door and finds police officers outside wanting to come in to have a look around, he or she is protected by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution against unlawful searches or seizures. Police must have a valid warrant to search a person's vehicle, residence or body. There are exceptions to the rule, such as if a police officer claims to witness a crime as it unfolds. One particular resident's home was recently searched by police, resulting in an alleged discovery of large amounts of marijuana.
Police say they found nearly 30 pounds of marijuana inside the home. In Wisconsin, use of this drug is only permitted medicinally under highly restricted circumstances. Officers who searched the home say they took more than drugs into custody.
Also seized were a firearm and a substantial amount of cash. At this point, it would merely be conjecture to say that the gun, money and alleged drugs are connected in any way. If police make arrests in such situations and charges are filed, prosecutors must convince the court that a crime occurred and the defendant or defendants in question are likely to have committed it.
Penalties under conviction for a marijuana crime in Wisconsin can be severe. This is why most defendants immediately request criminal defense support after they are taken into custody. An experience defense attorney can often unravel a prosecutor's case against his or her client. In fact, an attorney can sometimes convince the court to rule certain evidence inadmissible or perhaps dismiss a case before it ever goes to trial when there is evidence that a personal rights violation has occurred.