Madison criminal defense lawyer Robert T. Ruth defends individuals accused of delivery of controlled substances in Wisconsin and federal courts. He has been a Wisconsin lawyer since 1993 and has devoted his law firm to criminal defense since then. He is well-versed in all aspects of criminal defense in Wisconsin and federal courts, from the initial stages of a case through direct appeal, petition for review or petition for certiorari and collateral attack. If you stand accused of delivery of a controlled substance anywhere in Wisconsin, let his experience in the courtroom, along with his commitment to his clients, go to work for you.
Madison WI Delivery of Controlled Substance Lawyer Attorney
One common misunderstanding with the charge of delivery of a controlled substance is whether it requires proof that the drugs were sold. Many people think that if there was no money exchanged, it is not a delivery. This is simply wrong. There does not need to be money or anything of value exchange to qualify as a delivery of a controlled substance under Wisconsin law. Delivery of a controlled substance in Wisconsin requires nothing more than the transfer or attempt to transfer from one person to another.
To prove a delivery charge in Wisconsin the state needs to prove first that the defendant delivered a substance. Second, the state needs to prove that the substance was a controlled substance. And, third, the state needs to prove that the defendant knew or believed that the substance as a controlled substance.
The knowledge element is often fertile ground for a defense. If you delivered something that turned out to be a controlled substance, but did not know that the contents of the package were a controlled substance, you are not guilty of delivery of a controlled substance under Wisconsin law. It is not necessarily a defense, however, if you thought you were delivering one controlled substance and it turns out to be another controlled substance on the same schedule.
If you face a delivery of a controlled substance charge in Wisconsin, contact Madison drug defense lawyer Robert T. Ruth to review possible defenses in your case.