Drug Charge Defense

Experienced, Skilled Drug Charge Defense in Madison

What You Need to Know If You're Facing Drug Charges in Wisconsin:

In Wisconsin, drug offenses such as possession, intent to distribute, manufacturing, and conspiracy carry serious penalties. Don't leave your defense to just any law firm.

Madison and Hayward Drug Crime Defense Attorney Pat Stangl has been defending clients against drug charges for over 30 years and has a strong record of success. If you've been charged with a drug crime anywhere in Wisconsin, request a free consultation with Stangl Law today.

Wisconsin's laws and penalties for the possession, use, and distribution of drugs are complicated. Drug charges are not only based on the type of controlled substances involved, but the amount found and your relevant criminal history. Depending on these factors, drug-related convictions can result in lengthy jail or prison sentences, large fines, and a host of other penalties.

If you or someone you know is facing drug charges in Wisconsin, Stangl Law can help. Attorney Patrick Stangl has extensive experience successfully defending criminal cases and can help you craft a powerful defense.

Drug Possession Charges in Wisconsin

Possession of a controlled substance is among the most common drug charges in Wisconsin. Penalties for these offenses include:

  • Jail or prison time from 6 months to 6 years, or longer
  • Large fines starting at $500 and reaching $10,000
  • Property forfeiture
  • Probation
  • Disqualification for federal loans for college
  • Mandatory drug treatment programs

Manufacture, Distribution, or Delivery of Controlled Substances in Wisconsin

Producing, distributing, and/or delivering controlled substances can bring severe consequences following a conviction. Penalties depend upon the type and amount of the controlled substance involved as well as location. In Wisconsin, these kinds of drug charges are felonies and can bring jail or prison sentences of anywhere from three to 40 years along with excessive fines, depending on the factors involved.

Attorney Stangl understands the types of questions you might have if you're facing criminal charges in Wisconsin related to possession, intent to deliver, manufacture, conspiracy, or other drug charges. As a qualified criminal defense lawyer with over 32 years of experience and a proven record of success, Attorney Pat Stangl is committed to protecting the rights of his clients across Wisconsin.

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“Charged in a major drug conspiracy with 14 others, I faced serious legal peril. Referred to Pat Stangl by a local attorney as the best in the field, I was impressed and enlisted his services. Over two and a half years, Pat fiercely defended me against a Department of Justice proposal of a minimum 5-year prison sentence. His skilled and caring representation earned me a second chance, resulting in probation instead of prison time. I attribute my regained freedom and future to Pat Stangl and his firm, offering my utmost recommendation. Pat is not only an exceptional defense attorney but also a dedicated and compassionate advocate for his clients."

- Garit Pedersen

"Mistakes can affect your whole life forever. Pat fought so they didn’t affect my life and future! I have used Pat multiple times. I would have a criminal record if it weren’t for Pat Stangl. I had a hit-and-run accident. He fought and had a healthy relationship with the D.A. and staff, which got me off without a criminal offense. Then about a year later, I got caught with 50 grams of THC in 3 different bags. I thought I was gonna get a CRIMINAL CONVICTION. Thanks to all his knowledge, skill, and hard work, I got off with just an ordinance ticket. I owe a lot to Pat. On top of it, he is a really nice guy that truly cares about the people he represents."

- Gary

"Facing felony and misdemeanor drug charges after my home was searched, I was recommended to consult Pat Stangl, known for his defense expertise. Impressed by his reputation and approach, I hired him. Stangl focused on the validity of the search warrant and discovered procedural errors and reckless statements in its support. His efforts led to the dismissal of the felony charge and the reduction of the misdemeanor to disorderly conduct before the scheduled hearing. This experience confirmed the value of investing in quality defense. I wholeheartedly endorse Stangl, a testament to his national recognition and one of the best lawyers in Wisconsin for a formidable legal defense.”

- Jean Hamann

Drug Charge Success Story Spotlight


The client was charged with a methamphetamine conspiracy with seven different felonies as well as additional misdemeanor charges. As a result of his investigation of the charges, Attorney Stangl was able to demonstrate that the defendant was essentially in the wrong place at the wrong time and on the periphery of any conspiracy. The majority of the co-defendants were found guilty of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamines and other drug felonies. He filed a Motion to Dismiss a number of the felony charges and was able to come to an agreement with the prosecutor that a number of charges would be dismissed. Ultimately the case successfully settled with a diversion agreement on a non-drug felony, and as long as the client complies with the conditions of the deferred agreement will not end up with any felony convictions. 

If you’ve been charged with a crime in Wisconsin, contact Stangl Law Offices for a free 10-minute consultation to explore options for your defense.