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Wisconsin troopers arrest La Crosse man for fifth OWI offense

While an arrest and conviction for OWI is certainly something that people should avoid, one offense isn’t something that one can’t typically learn from and move past without too much difficulty. It’s when one enters the realm of multiple OWI arrests that the penalties become stiffer and more difficult to deal with. Whereas a first OWI in Waukesha may result in a simple misdemeanor, multiple convictions can result in felony charges, difficulty in obtaining auto insurance coverage, revocation of one’s license, and/or an extended prison term.

Sturgeon Bay nurse admits to stealing meds from nursing home

When considering drug possession charges, most people often think of illegal substances such as cocaine, marijuana, or methamphetamines. Yet with the increased abuse of the prescription drugs in recent years, arrests involving the possession of narcotic painkillers have also risen drastically. Many of these cases in Waukesha involve health care professionals, including physicians and nurses. These providers will often use their easy access to medications to become unlikely drug addicts or dealers.

Underage drinkers face stiffer penalties under new Wisconsin bill

While many teens in Waukesha may feel that drinking under the legal age is no big deal, the truth is that there are serious legal consequences to underage drinking. The underlying reason for such penalties for these juvenile crimes is often to deter teens from becoming impaired and then making poor decisions, such as driving or engaging in acts of violence. With the strong influences teens face from peer pressure, they may be more prone to engage in reckless behavior while under the influence. While the fear of being ostracized by their peers might also make teens believe they need to drink, it should be remembered that they invite potential trouble with the law if they do.

Cottage Grove man with domestic violence record denied gun permit

Many in Wisconsin are often unaware of all of the unintended consequences that than arrest for domestic violence may have. Aside from the immediate legal and potential criminal penalties, there is also the stigma that's often associated with having been accused of violence against one's spouse. One may work years to try and erase the residual effects of such a charge only to find that long after having the paid the price for a domestic violence accusation, it may still prohibit them from enjoying future privileges.

Police uncover large marijuana crop being grown in Juneau County

People don’t often understand the potential consequences that they may face following a drug arrest. Aside from the charges for drug possession, the circumstances of the case may allow authorities to bring other charges against them, such as transporting illegal drugs, intent to distribute, and the maintenance of property for the purpose of manufacturing or selling of drugs. If one is charged with manufacturing drugs on his or her property, he or she may also be forced to forfeit that property, compounding any criminal penalties that he or she may already be facing.

Police find child porn, underwear in Wisconsin Dells man's home

Some people may wonder why someone can be arrested for simply possessing child pornography, thinking that as long as one is simply viewing images, they aren’t actually committing a crime. What’s lost in that viewpoint is that by viewing the images, the viewer is perpetuating the crimes that were originally perpetrated on those children, essentially acting as a de-facto participant. Beyond that, law enforcement often recognizes the potential link between child pornography and its being an influence leading to child molestation.

Two Taylor County teens arrested after confrontation with police

The teenage years can be a tumultuous time as kids are first discovering how grave the consequences of their actions may be. While they are maturing and beginning to view themselves as adults, teens often still don't have the sense of accountability that the experience of adulthood teaches. Teens also can be more subject to the influence of peer pressure, which could possibly motivate them to act against their better judgment in an effort to please their peers.

Children in vehicle when Briggsville man is arrested for OWI

Perhaps the greatest threat from an OWI may be the risk that one poses to others. That threat is certainly magnified when the impaired driver is carrying passengers in his or her vehicle. Sadly, those passengers are often children. If one is arrested for suspicion of OWI in Waukesha while having children in the car, there’s a strong possibility that he or she may also face charges beyond OWI, such as child endangerment. The cumulative penalties of these charges could result in an extended prison sentence if one is convicted.

Wisconsin county give grant to hire special prosecutors

In Wisconsin, it's an unfortunate fact that domestic violence situations occur on a fairly regular basis. County prosecutors and law enforcement officials are often overloaded with domestic violence calls and cases, and these situations often have a unique dynamic between all parties involved. In a perfect world, people who love each other would never become violent, but the reality is that sometimes emotions run high and tempers get out of control. These crimes are most often committed against women, but men may easily be victims of domestic violence also.

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