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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.

Wisconsin motor vehicle accident resulted in fatality

While there is always a risk for personal injury when a licensed driver gets behind the wheel or someone travels as a passenger or pedestrian, most people reasonably expect other travelers to adhere to traffic laws and safety regulations. When people do follow the rules, it definitely reduces the chances of a motor vehicle accident occurring. Unfortunately, a Wisconsin roadway became the scene of a tragedy when a driver recently headed the wrong way on a highway.

If someone is traveling in a southbound direction, he or she does not necessarily expect to see vehicle heading north in the same lane. However, investigators say that was the case moments before a head-on collision took place just after 10 p.m. on a recent Tuesday. Sadly, a 24-year-old man died in the collision.

Do you know what to do if you're in a crash?

Car crashes happen throughout the United States every day. From a teen who isn't familiar with the roads to an elderly person who should have retired their license, there are lots of people who take risks or make mistakes and put others in danger.

When you're on the roads, it's necessary to know what to do if you're involved in an accident. For example, if you're hit and able to leave your vehicle, do you know where you should go or what to do next? Here are some helpful tips.

Wisconsin judges often set high bonds in cases of violent crimes

In 2013, a Wisconsin woman was reported missing. To date, she has still not been found. Police suspect foul play, and the woman's husband is now sitting behind bars as the main suspect in his wife's disappearance and alleged death. The husband has been romantically involved with another woman since about a month after his wife's disappeared, and she has also been charged in the violent crimes case.

The judge overseeing the case has set a $2 million bond to release the missing woman's husband from jail. His girlfriend's bond is significantly less at $25,000. She is charged with perjury and obstructing a police officer. Police claim that the man admitted he killed his wife but then recanted his statement.

Self-defense claims can work in your favor

Across the United States, over 1.2 million violent crimes took place in 2017. Nationwide, there was a decrease of .2% from the previous year.

Violent crimes can involve several different acts, but the most common were aggravated assaults. Aggravated assaults made up around 65% of all violent crimes that were reported to the police or authorities in 2017. Aggravated assaults include assaults with a deadly weapon. They are also likely to be upgraded from a basic assault if the defendant was accused of planning or intending to harm another person.

Wisconsin motor vehicle accidents often result in fatal injuries

It is often said that April showers bring May flowers. However, spring time storms also often place travelers at risk. Inclement weather plus slippery roadway conditions often equals motor vehicle accidents in Wisconsin and elsewhere. In such situations, driver negligence is often a causal factor.

A recent incident is still under investigation. Officials have so far said that two vehicles were involved. A collision occurred near an intersection just after 4:30 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. It appears that driver who was headed in a westbound direction may have lost control of his steering.

There are several reasons to work with a personal injury attorney

Car crashes can happen anywhere, from the residential street you live on to the highway in bumper-to-bumper traffic. It can be hard to imagine getting into a crash on your typical route, but it happens to people all the time.

Crashes impact victims in several ways. To start with, you may suffer a head injury or broken bones from the impact. You'll have to seek medical care for your injuries as well.

Motor vehicle accidents and criminal charges sometimes intersect

Like all other states, Wisconsin law prohibits operation of a motor vehicle if a person's blood alcohol content reaches or exceeds a certain level. The problem is that many licensed drivers disregard such laws. This type of negligence often leads to fatal motor vehicle accidents.

A man who was involved in a crash that resulted in not one but three deaths is now facing criminal charges for manslaughter. Officials say he was severely intoxicated when the accident occurred. In fact, his BAC reportedly registered at four times the legal driving limit. It was a Friday evening when 911 dispatchers received a call from a witness who reported a person driving erratically in traffic.

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