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Drug charges stem from alleged distribution operation

Many Wisconsin residents are aware of the fact that criminal charges are often the result of using, selling or possessing illegal drugs. However, many individuals may not realize just how serious these drug charges and their potential consequences really are. The severity of the penalty for a conviction varies depending on the type of drug one has, the amount of drug one has in his or her possession and other factors, such as whether one appears to have the intention to distribute the drug.

Seven individuals have recently been arrested and charged due to their possible involvement in what police believe to be a very large drug operation. Investigators reportedly seized heroin, cocaine and weapons from two separate homes in Wisconsin from which the drug ring was supposedly operating. Police believe that drugs were brought across the state line from a neighboring state. 

Sexting becoming a huge issue, teens at risk of sex crimes charge

Sexting is a new term for many Wisconsin residents and parents. It has only been around for a few years, but it is growing quickly in popularity, especially among minors. Despite what many parents believe, no one is too young to be charged with sexting-related sex crimes in the United States.

Many minors will take photographs or videos of themselves to send to their boyfriends and girlfriends. These children often see nothing wrong with what they are doing. However, the circulation of these photos and videos is technically considered child pornography. 

Teen will likely need strong DUI defense after police chase

Everyone knows that it is illegal for individuals under the age of 21 to drink alcohol. Even for those who are old enough to drink, it is still illegal to drink and then get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Unfortunately, this still occurs and, when one is caught operating while intoxicated (OWI), a vigorous DUI defense is often needed to combat the charge. However, adults who are drinking and driving are not the only concern that Wisconsin has, as teenagers appear to be doing it as well. When caught, those teenagers could also face serious legal consequences. 

A teenage girl in Wisconsin allegedly led authorities on a high-speed chase through Brown County. Authorities say that the vehicle reached speeds of up to 60 mph. When she was finally stopped, authorities say that they determined that she had been drinking. Supposedly, her blood alcohol content (BAC) was nearly four times the legal adult limit.

What happens when an officer doesn’t know the law?

Police don’t have the right to pull over any car they want. In order for police to pull over a vehicle, the officer must have probable cause to believe that the driver has committed a traffic violation or a reasonable suspicion that the driver has committed a crime.

But what if the police officer doesn’t have the law right? That is the issue in a criminal case that the Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear.

Why juvenile delinquency charges need to be taken seriously

A 2015 study called “Juvenile Incarceration, Human Capital and Future Crime: Evidence from Randomly Assigned Judges” revealed just how negatively incarceration affects the lives of America’s youth.

The authors of the study -- a Brown University scholar and an MIT scholar -- poured over 10 years of data pertaining to about 35,000 juvenile offenders in the Chicago area before reaching their conclusions.

Feds storm Wisconsin home with guns drawn in child porn case

Child pornography is something that both state and federal law enforcement agencies take extremely seriously, and they often work together to investigate and take down people they think could be involved with the capturing or sharing of "sexually explicit" images involving minors.

Last month, federal agents arrested a Janesville, Wisconsin,man who was eventually indicted on federal child pornography charges after an investigation by the FBI, an Illinois police department and the Janesville Police Department.

Does the anticipated tough OUI law miss the mark?

In our last post, we discussed how two Wisconsin state lawmakers, Reps. Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay, and Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, are expected to introduce a new bill in coming weeks that would propose permanent license suspensions for Wisconsin drivers who are convicted of five or more OUIs.

In supporting the lawmakers’ anticipated bill, an editorial from the Wausau Daily Herald said that Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws are currently too lenient and should be toughened, but brought up another important point about drunk driving. 

Permanent license revocation law to be proposed in Wisconsin

An extremely tough law against drunk driving is expected to be introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature within the next month or so.

The Wausau Daily Herald reported that two state lawmakers from Brown County are planning to co-sponsor a bill that would permanently revoke the driver’s licenses of individuals who are convicted of drunk driving for the fifth time.

Flashing lights in your rear-view mirror…

You go out to dinner with friends. The restaurant is packed, which makes you feel a little anxious, so you order a drink to calm you nerves. You laugh and talk with your friends, and eventually the waitress comes by and asks if you’d like another drink. “Sure,” you say.

Another hour passes, and your friend wants to take shots. Not wanting to be a party-pooper, you agree.

The waitress comes by again, asking you if you’d like another drink but you decline since your plan was to drive home. Eventually, the dinner comes to an end and you and your friends walk to the parking lot. You wonder, briefly, if you should drive, but you decide that you feel fine and your apartment is only a few miles away.

Former Wisconsin principal faces charges for alleged 'sexting'

A former parochial school principal was due back in court this week for a preliminary hearing after being charged with four counts of causing a child over the age of 13 to view or listen to sexual activity in Winnebago County.

The 25-year-old was employed by Matthew's Lutheran Church and School in Iron Ridge and has since lost his position after being formally charged, it was reported.