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State of Wisconsin Legal Sanctions


The Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Chapter 961 of the Wisconsin State Statutes, regulates controlled substances and outlines specific penalties for the violation of the regulations.  A first-time conviction for possession of a controlled substance can result in a sentence of up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 (Sec. 961.41(3g), Stats).  A person convicted of manufacturing a controlled substance, delivering a controlled substance, or possessing a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver, can be imprisoned for up to 40 years and fined up to $100,000 (Secs. 961.41(1) and (1m), Stats).  Penalties vary according to the type of drug involved, the amount of drug confiscated, the number of previous convictions, and the presence of any aggravating factors.  The distribution of a controlled substance to a minor may result in the increase of the applicable maximum term of imprisonment for that offense by not more than five years (Sec. 961.46, Stats).

Wisconsin has formidable legal sanctions that restrict the use of alcohol in various situations.  It is illegal to procure for, sell, dispense or give away alcohol to anyone who has not reached the legal drinking age of 21 years (Sec. 125.07(1)(a)(1), Stats).  Every adult has a legal obligation to prevent the illegal consumption of alcohol on premises owned by the adult or under the adult's control (Sec. 125.07(1)(a)(3), Stats).  A first-time violator of either of the above subsections can be fined up to $500.

It is against the law for an underage person to procure or attempt to procure an alcoholic beverage, to falsely represent his or her age for the purpose of obtaining alcohol, to enter premises licensed to sell alcohol, or to consume or possess alcohol on licensed premises (Sec. 125.07(4)(a), Stats).  A first-time underage violator of Section 125.07(4)(bs), Stats., can be fined up to $500, ordered to participate in a supervised work program, and have their driver's license suspended.

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