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What are Wisconsin's violent crime rates?

Violent crimes are among the worst that you can be accused of committing. Why? They're seen as immoral, which makes them even more disgraceful in the eyes of the court.

Many violent crimes have harsh penalties upon conviction. You might face many years in prison or heavy fines.

Get the right help for your catastrophic injury case

Car crash injuries are common after collisions, because the force of an impact has to be spread out. Unfortunately, people's bodies are not as sturdy as a vehicle, and they are likely to suffer as a result.

There are many kinds of injuries that you could suffer, but among the worst are the catastrophic. Catastrophic injuries are injuries that will change your life now and for the foreseeable future. They may include serious brain trauma and spinal injuries.

Motor vehicle accidents: Who's at fault if a stop sign falls?

Wisconsin intersections are dangerous. They are often the scenes of motor vehicle accidents, especially if a driver disregards stop signs or traffic lights. However, in some situations, whether a particular party is at fault is not always immediately clear. Investigators often have to recreate collisions to try to determine who or what may have caused a particular incident.

A tragedy occurred at an intersection on a recent Friday night. Preliminary investigations show that a motorcyclist was entering the intersection on a right of way. A sudden collision occurred when a motor vehicle simultaneously entered the intersection from an adjacent direction.

Violent crimes: Wisconsin often rules drug overdoses as homicide

There is no question that much of Wisconsin and most other states throughout the country are experiencing a serious opioid crisis. However, that does not necessarily mean that every person charged with violent crimes such as drug-related homicide is guilty. There appears to be a rising trend in this state and others where illegal drug overdoses are treated as homicides.

Known as "drug delivery cases resulting in death," prosecutors have been encouraged to pursue such cases in the hope that it will somehow help reduce drug sales on the street. Many cases involve family members of victims being charged for their deaths, as well as those accused of being dealers. The rate of conviction for homicide in drug overdose cases is high.

What happens after you fall on someone's property?

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen literally anywhere. From working on someone's roof and falling to slipping on wet pavement, it's possible to slip and fall in most places.

What makes for a good slip-and-fall case is when the accident happens as a result of a business or homeowner's negligence. For example, if you slip and fall down outside a friend's home because they failed to fix wobbly stairs that they knew about, then you may be able to hold them fully liable for your injuries. Similarly, slipping and falling on a wet floor that has no signage could result in a business being held liable.

Here's what you need to know about violent crimes in the U.S.

Violent crimes range in nature, but the basic similarity is that they all result in the pain and suffering of another person. Interestingly, a violent crime doesn't have to result in actual physical injuries. Threatening violence can also sometimes result in violent crime charges.

The good news about violent crime is that it has declined over time in the United States. There are times when there are more crimes than others due to economic downturns and changes in the social state of the United States; however, Pew Research reports that crime in the United States has fallen over the last quarter of a century. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says the violent crime rate, in particular, dropped by around 49% between 1993 and 2017. The Bureau of Justice Statistics marks the same time period as having a drop of 74%.

2 people in Wisconsin suspected of drug crimes

Wisconsin police sometimes show up at private residences, unannounced. These surprise visits often mean that someone who lives at the address or is thought to be visiting is suspected of drug crimes. A recent incident occurred on a Friday at approximately 3 p.m., which ended with two people going to jail.

The officers that knocked on the door reportedly had a warrant to search the home. In this state and all others, if police show a valid home search warrant, they must be allowed entry. A person can request to see a warrant before allowing police access to his or her residence. In this case, police conducted a search of the residence, claiming that they found THC oil, loaded firearms, ecstasy pills and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia.

False accusations happen with prescription drug crimes

Drug crimes can land you in hot water with the law. Whether you're simply possessing a prescription that was not for you, or you're facing trouble because of transporting drugs across state lines, you need to do all you can to protect your interests.

If you possess a prescription drug that you don't have a prescription for, you can face penalties. You could be charged with a prescription drug charge, which has some of the same penalties as the penalties you'd face for possessing illegal drugs.

Police chief makes comments about suspected drug crimes

Just because someone has a criminal record in Wisconsin does not mean he or she is automatically guilty if police suspect other wrongdoing. Especially in cases of a home search, in most situations, police must obtain a valid search warrant and must also have probable cause to make an arrest. After a man was arrested on suspicion of drug crimes, a police chief suggested that the accused man and others are selling drugs in the community.

The 40-year old man was taken into custody after his residence was searched. Reportedly, he was out of jail on bond regarding other drug charges. Officers say they seized more than 20 baggies containing what they believe to be heroin from the man's home during their search. They say they found a substantial amount of cash and substances they believe are illegal drugs in a safe on the premises. 

Heroin crimes are harshly prosecuted in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has an opioid problem. The state's death rate from this category of drugs is 16.9 deaths per 100,000 people. This rate is higher than the national death rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 people. These deaths come from drugs like heroin, as well as synthetic opioids like Fentanyl.

In the five-year period from 2012 to 2017, heroin overdose deaths rose from 185 to 414. Synthetic opioid deaths had an even sharper increase. These rose from 56 to 466. Despite the fact that drug addiction is a known medical condition that requires treatment before a person can stay sober, the criminal justice system here continues to take a harsh stance against the possession of drugs, particularly heroin.

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