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Smoke shop owner sentenced to prison for selling synthetic drugs

Synthetic drugs have taken many states in the U.S. by storm. When taken, these chemically laced substances mimic the effects of cocaine and marijuana. Often referred to as bath salts or spice, various forms of synthetic drugs are legal in some states and sold over-the-counter in convenience stores and tobacco shops. In 2011, Wisconsin enacted a law making the two major forms of synthetic drugs, synthetic cannabinoids and substituted cathinones, illegal in the state.

Are breath tests accurate in determining intoxication?

People who have been pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol may have taken a breath test. This handheld device is used to determine whether the driver is intoxicated by measuring the amount of alcohol present in their breath; however, studies show that these tests may not always give accurate results.

Wisconsin governor passes three domestic violence laws earlier this year

People who are involved in a domestic relationship may have a verbal fight once and awhile. In fact, it is fairly common for couples to bicker with one another. However, when the altercation turns physical, someone may be arrested on domestic violence charges. Earlier this year, the Governor of Wisconsin approved three bills that will ultimately strengthen laws involving domestic violence, according to a report published in Twincities.com.

Social media post led to the arrest of a 19-year-old felon in VA

There is no question that social media has a significant influence on the lives of millions of Americans, including Wisconsin residents. In fact, a study performed by the Pew Research Project found that as of January 2014, 89 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 years old use social networking sites on a regular basis. Young people can update their status and share pictures with a captive audience from around the world. Law enforcement agencies across the country have found that searching a suspect’s Facebook page may yield crucial information, which may be used in a juvenile crime court case.

Wisconsin one of 12 states that criminalizes revenge porn

It is fairly common in the United States for couples to share intimate secrets, photographs and videos with one another during a relationship. However, when and if the relationship should come to an emotional end, those pictures and videos may become publicized on the internet. It is called revenge porn and it is illegal in Wisconsin and several other states. People who release intimate pictures over the internet as a way to gain revenge over another person after a breakup may find themselves facing charges of nonconsensual posting of pornography.

Phoenix Suns player vows to change his life after receiving DUI

Many people in America enjoy gathering to watch their favorite sports team. Whether it is basketball, football, baseball or soccer, many Wisconsin residents idolize these amazing athletes and look up to them as significant role models. Although some athletes may gain media attention for being involved in a negative situation, the story may become an important learning experience for both the athlete and their fans.

Understanding Wisconsin's DUI policies

Although some Wisconsin residents may feel perfectly capable of driving after having one or two alcoholic beverages with dinner, they may face certain penalties if charged with drunk driving. In Wisconsin, motorists who drive with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 percent or above are considered intoxicated and can be arrested for a DUI, as reported by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Drug distributors may face criminal homicide charges in Wisconsin

The gripping power of drug addiction has the ability to transform lives. Not only do illicit drugs ruin the lives of those who become dependent on their effects, they can also destroy the lives of those who choose to sell the substances to others. It is no surprise that distributing illegal drugs is against the law; however, in Wisconsin, a drug distributer who sells an addict their lethal dose of drugs may find themselves facing drug-related homicide charges.

Green Bay teens linked to a string of auto break-ins and thefts

Although teenagers are on their way to becoming responsible young adults, many of them are still in the process of learning that there can be severe consequences to some seemingly harmless acts. Experts agree that the developing teenage brain may make it hard for some adolescents to control impulsive behavior. Some believe that environmental stimuli, such as peer pressure and presence of parental guidance, also play a role in a Wisconsin teenager’s choice to commit juvenile crimes.

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