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August 2012 Archives

Wisconsin law enforcement increasing DUI patrols this weekend

By now, it should be clear to every employed Wisconsin resident that Labor Day Weekend is upon us. For most of us, the holiday means a three-day weekend and a chance to get outside and celebrate summer one last time before we settle into our fall and winter routines.

Two Wisconsin men sentenced for supplying heroin in fatal overdose

We have previously written that drugs such as heroin have found their way into Wisconsin's suburban communities as well as major cities. Once considered too "hard" by many casual users, the supply of heroin coming from cartels in Mexico has become so pure in recent years that it can be ingested in a number of ways that do not involve needle injection.

Defendants must be informed of all punishment possibilities

It is not often that a judge presiding over a criminal case will accept "I just didn't know," or "I didn't understand" as a valid reason to uphold an acquittal or to reduce a generally accepted sentencing term. This may be especially true in cases of alleged sex crimes, given that many convictions carry mandatory sentencing terms and one cannot generally argue ignorance with respect to the elements of a sex crime.

Facebook post finds witness who can clear wrongfully convicted men

Since its creation, Facebook has been the source of much controversy within the criminal justice system. Historically, Facebook has been a valuable tool for law enforcement to investigate and catch alleged criminals in Wisconsin and around the country.

Wisconsin courts dismiss OWI charge related to huffed chemicals

We have previously written that Wisconsin drivers do not need to be drinking in order to be charged with OWI. Operating while intoxicated refers both to alcohol and a variety of other drugs which have been deemed "intoxicants" by state legislators.

Program aims to help offenders find a job after jail

In Wisconsin and many other states around the country, local governments are beginning to reexamine and revise their criminal sentencing and prison procedures. Faced with budget shortfalls and high rates of recidivism, states and counties are establishing alternative methods of punishment for people who are convicted of DUI, drug crimes and other low-level, nonviolent offenses. Often, these sentences are geared more toward rehabilitation, focusing on the behavior that led to the criminal offense instead of merely punishing for the offense that was its product.

New Wisconsin court will help vets facing serious consequences

After returning to civilian life, many veterans, especially those exposed to combat, may face problems with the criminal justice system due to the extreme stressors they encountered while in service and the difficulty of returning to a much different way of life. Domestic violence is a common problem among veterans in Wisconsin and around the country, especially when a veteran is struggling with alcohol/drug abuse or a mental health issue.

Wisconsin authorities claim woman was driving drunk with children in her car

Troopers with the Wisconsin State Patrol recently arrested a woman from Greendale for alleged drunk driving. Authorities claim she was speeding along Interstate 94 around 1 a.m. in Waukesha County. They further claim that she almost hit another vehicle before she was pulled over.

Courts begin to re-examine the use of eyewitness testimony

We have previously written that some tools of the criminal justice system - ones which have long defined standards of evidence - are now being challenged, and sometimes discredited. Chief among these is the use and reliability of eyewitness testimony.

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