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Navigating Drug Possession with Intent to Deliver Charges in Wisconsin

A drug possession charge can be life-altering, but facing accusations of possession with intent to deliver (PWID) carries even more severe consequences. In Wisconsin, PWID is a felony offense that can result in significant prison time, hefty fines, and a permanent criminal record. If you're facing PWID charges, particularly related to marijuana or cocaine, understanding your rights and taking immediate action is crucial. Singleton Law Firm is here to guide you through the complexities of these charges and fight tirelessly to protect your future.

What is Possession with Intent to Deliver in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin law defines possession with intent to deliver (PWID) as having a controlled substance in your possession with the intention of selling, distributing, or otherwise delivering it to another person. The key element in a PWID charge is proving the defendant's "intent to deliver." Prosecutors typically rely on circumstantial evidence to establish this intent, such as:

  • Quantity of Drugs: Large quantities of drugs, especially packaged in individual doses, can be used as evidence of intent to sell.
  • Presence of Paraphernalia: Items like scales, baggies, or drug ledgers can suggest an intent to distribute.
  • Communication Records: Text messages or phone calls discussing drug sales may be used as evidence.
  • Location of Possession: If the drugs were found in a known drug market area, it might strengthen the prosecution's case.

Marijuana and Cocaine Specifics in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has separate classifications for PWID charges depending on the type and quantity of the controlled substance involved. Here's a breakdown for marijuana and cocaine:


Wisconsin differentiates between marijuana (THC) and hashish oil (concentrated THC). Penalties vary depending on the type and amount of marijuana in question.

Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance in Wisconsin, with harsher penalties than Schedule II drugs like cocaine. However, recent legislation has reduced some marijuana-related penalties.


PWID charges for cocaine are categorized based on the weight of the drug found in your possession. Smaller quantities may result in lower-level felonies, while larger amounts can lead to more severe charges.

Potential Penalties for PWID in Wisconsin

The penalties for PWID in Wisconsin are severe and can vary depending on the type and quantity of the controlled substance involved, as well as any prior criminal history. Here's a general overview:

  • First Offense: First-time offenders could face prison sentences ranging from 3 to 15 years, significant fines, and driver's license suspension.
  • Subsequent Offenses: Repeat offenders can face even harsher penalties, including substantially longer prison sentences and increased fines.

Additional Consequences of PWID Convictions

Beyond the immediate penalties, a PWID conviction in Wisconsin can have long-lasting consequences, including:

  • Employment Difficulties
  • Educational Barriers
  • Housing Challenges
  • Professional Licensing Issues

Fighting PWID Charges in Wisconsin

If you're facing PWID charges in Wisconsin, don't hesitate to seek legal representation immediately. Singleton Law Firm has extensive experience defending clients against drug offenses, including PWID charges. 

Our team will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your arrest, including the evidence gathered by law enforcement. We will identify any potential flaws or inconsistencies in the prosecution's case.

Exploring Defense Options

The biggest benefit of having a dedicated criminal defense attorney is their experience and understanding of successful defense tactics. Depending on the details of your case, we may explore various defense strategies, such as:

  • Lack of Intent to Deliver: We can argue that the quantity of drugs was for personal use, or there's no evidence of an intent to sell.
  • Illegal Search and Seizure: If the drugs were obtained through an unlawful search, we can seek to have the evidence excluded from court.
  • Mistaken Identity: We will ensure the police have the correct person and the charges are not a case of mistaken identity.

Why Choose Singleton Law Firm?

Remember that time is of the essence; the sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner we can begin building your defense. At Singleton Law Firm, we understand the gravity of PWID charges and the potential impact they can have on your life. We are committed to providing you with personalized attention and a strong defense strategy. 

Facing PWID charges can be overwhelming, but you don't have to go through this alone. Contact Singleton Law Firm today for a free consultation. We will discuss the specifics of your case and develop a personalized defense strategy to protect your future.Call us today at (262) 581-4114 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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