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How have Wisconsin drunk driving laws changed in 2017

While a traffic stop could result in a traffic violation, not all alleged traffic violations end up in minor penalties. In fact, if a motorist is pulled over for a traffic violation and subsequently accused of drunk driving, then he or she could face serious penalties. If a driver has multiple drunk driving charges on his or her record, then even harsher penalties may be imposed upon conviction. Because of that, it is important to be clear on the current DUI laws in the state and any changes that might have recently taken place. This information could impact the consequences you could face if convicted of drunk driving and what defense strategies you may want to implement.

How have Wisconsin drunk driving laws changed in 2017? Previously, when a motorist was faced with his or her fourth OWI charge, the severity of the charge was not increased. In 2017, this changed when new legislation made the fourth offense a felony. Moreover, this felony charge would remain regardless of a person's previous record.


Domestic abuse

As a previous post highlighted, some criminal charges can impact more than just the individual accused of a crime. With regards to domestic violence, defendants as well as the alleged victim could experience a harmed, limited, or severed relationship with a significant other or family member. Thus, even if the penalties associated with the crime do not seem harsh, which they can be, the personal consequences are often serious.

This is what an Oak Creek woman might be experiencing after recently being arrested for domestic violence. According to reports, Wisconsin authorities were called to a Value Inn just before 7:30 p.m. Based on the information provided by the 911 caller, a woman was extremely intoxicated and was in an argument with a man. It is believed that this argument was sparked by the man calling her names.


Domestic abuse

Conflicts occur amongst loved ones. While some of these disputes are minor and can be overcome quickly, others escalate, causing major arguments that involve threats and harm. Domestic abuse is a serious crime of which to be accused. It not only carries with it severe penalties, but it also impacts the relationship between and among family members or significant others. Thus, it is important that accused individuals understand the elements of the crime and the potential penalties it carries. This knowledge could help a defendant assert a strong defense, thereby protecting his or her rights.

According to the Wisconsin State Legislature, domestic abuse is defined as an adult engaged in intentional infliction of physical pain, injury or illness, intentional impairment of physical condition, sexual assault, or a physical act that generates a reasonable fear of imminent engagement of conduct that could cause harm. These acts can be committed by an adult against his or her spouse, former spouse, an adult with whom they reside or with whom they formerly resided, or an adult with whom he or she has a child in common.


Criminal Trial Process

When it comes to drug crimes, most people think of individual who commit crimes involving the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics. Those who are convicted of manufacturing or cultivating drugs could face harsh penalties. While many view this crime as meaning that an individual has produced a drug, it could actually encompass a broader range of activities. In fact, an individual in Wisconsin could face such a charge if they are found to be involved in any step of the process that results in the production of an illicit drug.

What are the penalties for drug manufacturing and cultivation? Those charged with drug production typically face a felony charge. Penalties for this offense include prison time, hefty fines, and probation. It should be noted that these penalties could be doubled if a defendant is convicted of manufacturing illegal drugs near a school or playground. Whether or not a defendant is convicted, merely being charged with such a crime could have negative impacts of the accused's personal and professional lives. This emphasizes the importance of asserting a timely and strong defense against the charges.


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The fact that there is a heroin problem in Wisconsin isn't a secret. One thing that almost anyone can do is to learn the signs and symptoms of this addiction.

Understanding these might help people realize when their friends or family members need help. While you can't force an addict to get sober, you might be able to encourage him or her to do so. Here is what you need to look for:

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