A 19-year-old Wisconsin woman accused of selling illegal drugs faces up to 65 years in prison if convicted of all the drug charges she is facing. The woman was bound over for arraignment in September in Douglas County Circuit Court after waiving a preliminary hearing.
She has been released on a $4,000 signature bond, but she was required to agree not to possess or use any controlled substance while her case is ongoing. Her next court appearance is scheduled for December. The woman is charged with four felony counts of delivering heroin and one count of possession with the intent to distribute. She could be sentenced to 12 ½ years in prison for each of the delivery charges and 15 years in prison for the possession charge.
Superior police monitored the woman during four separate drug buys between July and September 2013. Each of the drug buys involved the purchase of heroin worth $150. She was stopped and arrested after the fourth drug buy, and police officers found her in possession of the money used in the buy and seven grams of heroin worth about $2,500. After her arrest, the women admitted to investigators that she purchased between seven to 10 grams of heroin each month, which she then distributed to about seven people.
This case shows the type of penalties that can be imposed for drug offenses in Wisconsin, and it demonstrates the importance of an effective defense. An experienced criminal defense attorney could aggressively defend their client’s rights. They may challenge police actions and reports, or they could dispute the validity of search warrants. They may also bring mitigating factors to the attention of prosecutors in an effort to lessen the severity of the charges involved and the sentences imposed.
Source: Superior Telegram, “Solon Springs woman charged with drug sales”, October 04, 2013