Will you face jail time if caught with synthetic drugs?

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2024 | Drug Crimes

Synthetic drugs pose serious risks, and Wisconsin law treats possession or distribution of these substances with severe penalties. Understanding the consequences and your options can help you navigate this challenging situation.

Penalties for possession of synthetic drugs

In Wisconsin, the law categorizes synthetic drugs, such as synthetic cannabinoids (often called “Spice” or “K2”) and synthetic cathinone (“bath salts”), as Schedule I controlled substances. This classification indicates a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.

For possession of synthetic drugs, you may face misdemeanor charges.

  • A first-time offense can result in up to one year in jail and a fine. If you have prior offenses or the substance is significant, the charges can escalate to felony levels.
  • Felony charges for possession with intent to distribute can result in years of prison time and fines exceeding $10,000.

Additionally, the court may mandate participation in drug treatment programs as part of your sentence. These penalties reflect the state’s commitment to limiting synthetic drug abuse and protecting public health.

What happens if you are caught with synthetic drugs?

If law enforcement catches you with synthetic drugs, the first step is to remain calm and cooperate. With the proper legal guidance, you can decide on the best course of action. They can negotiate on your behalf for a reduced charge or suggest alternative sentencing options, such as drug treatment programs or probation.

Additionally, consider enrolling in a treatment program voluntarily. This action demonstrates your commitment to recovery and may significantly influence the outcome of your case.

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