As 2017 comes to a close, it is hard to turn the tv on and not hear about the opioid epidemic that is still raging on throughout the country. For many people, being prescribed these powerful pain medications may seem counterproductive against the crusade, but a necessity. If you are prescribed opioids, you can help combat this nationwide issue by properly disposing of any unused pills. Simply keeping them in the medicine cabinet or passing them along to someone who requests them either for payment or as a favor is a crime.
In Wisconsin, prescription drugs are classified into five different Schedules. Schedule I and II are classified as having a high potential for abuse and unlawful distribution carries severe penalties under state law.
If you are accused of selling prescription drugs, it is vital that you seek representation as soon as possible. Depending on the amount, type, and whether or not this is the first time you have had a run-in with the law, the penalties range from substantial fines, imprisonment, and felony charges.
We understand that people can use poor judgement and often times don’t consider what they are doing could be harmful. With the current crisis, prosecutors are cracking down and seeking severe punishments.
As former prosecutors, we can defend you against prescription drug charges. If you are accused, the sooner you speak with an attorney the better. The prosecution will not sit around and wait to start building a case against you, so you should not wait to start your defense.
To schedule a meeting with one of our attorneys, please contact us either online or by calling, 608-254-9589.
In Columbia County, Wisconsin, a bench warrant is issued against an individual when they fail to show up for a scheduled court appearance. If a circumstance arises that prevents you from appearing in court, it is not enough to notify your attorney, but you must also notify the courts. Failing to notify the court will result in a judge issuing a warrant for your arrest and it will be law enforcements job to find and bring you in.
If you feel that there is a possibility there could be a warrant out for your arrest, there are free resources online to check. If you do find out that there is a warrant for your arrest, we would advise you to turn yourself in and schedule a hearing to allow you to be released on bond. Turning yourself in does not necessarily mean you are admitting guilt, but showing the judge that you are taking the matter seriously. If you do not turn yourself in, there is a possibility that a potential employer could find the warrant. Or, if you are pulled over for a traffic violation, when the officer runs your name, they will see the warrant and arrest you.
If you know there is a warrant and would like to voluntarily turn yourself into law enforcement, we strongly advise you to seek legal advice first. Having an experienced attorney on your side can result in a more favorable outcome than taking on the legal system by yourself. To consult with one of our attorneys, please contact us today.
If you are in need of legal representation in Adams, Sauk, Juneau, or Columbia County, it is important to work with an experienced and trusted legal professional in the area. Putting your personal freedoms and representation in the hands of someone that doesn’t offer the personal attention and time to your case could be detrimental. Attorney Scott Southworth and Philip Stamman are former prosecutors that understand how the state convicts the accused. We are committed to acting with the utmost integrity in every interaction we have with clients, fellow attorneys, judges and other legal professionals. The reputation that we have built in the community comes from meaning and doing what we say we’ll do with every client.
We understand that good people make mistakes and rough patches happen. We also know that there are times individuals are wrongly accused of a crime they did not commit. No matter what your situation, we are here to help. Having advocates on your side with experience can be the difference in conviction.
If you are in need of an attorney and are serious in fighting the charges brought against you, please contact our offices today. The sooner we can start working on your defense, the better. Contact our office today for a free consultation. You can call our law offices at 608-254-9589 or send us an email. Tell us your problem so we can work together to find a solution.
Southworth & Stamman, LLC.