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Police officer charged with domestic violence offense

A police detective on the force of Wisconsin's largest city was reported in jail while prosecutors contemplate filing charges related to a domestic incident with his girlfriend. Police indicated that an internal investigation in to his conduct is also underway.

Police described the woman's injuries as serious. They say they found her at a neighbor's home after an alleged altercation with the detective about his not being faithful to the woman. The woman said she was attacked and fled to the neighbor's home.

The top 5 addictive drugs in the world

If you use drugs, you know that some have worse effects than others. Not all substances are equally harmful. For example, caffeine is a non-dangerous psychoactive drug millions of people consume through coffee, tea and soft drinks. 

It is crucial to remember that some drugs are highly addictive and hazardous to your wellbeing. To understand the most addictive drugs, you must consider pleasure, cravings and physical dependence. Here are the most habit-forming substances in the world.

A domestic violence conviction can affect custody

When parents live in two separate households and are trying to raise their children, emotions between them can often run high. They may, for instance, not see eye to eye on things like a visitation schedule or how they should discipline the kids or even what activities the kids should be permitted to participate in.

Likewise, the end of a relationship in which parents were living together but are in the process of separating is also a time in which arguments between them can erupt easily.

Instead of penalties, is treatment an option for drug charges?

When a person is charged with drug violations in Appleton or anywhere in Wisconsin, it does not necessarily mean they should be classified as a drug dealer or drug distributor. Of course, those facing these charges have the right to a legal defense just like anyone else. For many, however, being arrested for drug possession was due to them using the substances themselves. Perhaps they were selling it at a low level as a cycle to feed their own habits. This can be considered when the decision is made on how to proceed.

There are alternatives when facing a guilty verdict for drug charges. In some cases, there could be the justification to avoid penalties and allow the person to receive treatment in a drug diversion program or another option. Understanding what the law says about such an alternative is imperative to deciding whether it is a good idea or not.

Two people facing criminal allegations after overnight standoff

When Appleton residents are being sought by law enforcement, it can lead to major problems if they are found and they refuse to surrender. With warrants, it is natural to be concerned about how the case will be handled and the potential long-term consequences. This is compounded when the person decides to barricade him or herself in a residence to avoid arrest. For people who are dealing with these charges, having legal assistance is imperative to seeking a positive resolution.

A man and a woman were arrested following a standoff in which they refused to exit a residence. The man, 25, had a probation hold. The woman, 28, had two warrants against her. The standoff started when law enforcement saw the man and recognized that he was being sought. He entered the residence and refused to come out. This began at around 7:30 p.m. The woman was also in the residence. According to police, in the past the man was believed to have been armed and was distributing drugs.

Can where drugs are sold worsen penalties for drug offenses?

For Wisconsin residents who are arrested and charged with drug offenses, there are the fundamentally serious consequences that must be considered when assessing the alternatives for lodging a defense. It can come as a surprise, however, when the penalties are worse than the person might initially have envisioned. The situation will dictate when there will be additional penalties based on the location of where the acts occurred. This is when there will be extra charges when the offenses of sale, intent to deliver or distribute controlled substances happen at or near certain locations.

If the person possesses with the intent to sell, deliver or distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, heroin, amphetamine and other drugs and it takes place at or near certain areas, then the person could face increased penalties than they otherwise would have had the incident taken place in other locations. If the person is in or on a scattered-site public housing project (specifically for low-income people), this law will be violated and the penalties will be worse.

The top 4 addictive painkillers

Prescription pain medications are useful for decreasing the feeling of pain. Doctors may prescribe these drugs for surgery recovery, acute trauma or chronic conditions. Unfortunately, it is becoming more common for people to abuse painkillers. These drugs can result in addiction because they provide pain relief and euphoria. It is more likely for a patient to develop an addiction if he or she takes opioids for 30 days or longer. This is because patients build a tolerance and dependence on the drugs. 

According to a letter published by Harvard Medical School, there are certain opioids that are more addictive than others. Here are the most habit-forming opiate pain medications.

Teens face drunk driving and child endangerment allegations

Any Wisconsinite who is facing allegations of driving while intoxicated must understand the short and long-term consequences they will deal with if they are convicted. Not only will it impact their driving privileges, but it can lead to jail time, fines and other penalties. Depending on the situation and if there are multiple offenses alleged, the person can have his or her entire life upended. No matter how the charges came about, it is crucial to craft a strong defense against these allegations with help from an experienced OWI attorney.

A teen is accused of underage drunk driving while a baby was in the vehicle. The mother and another teen were also in the car and alleged to have been drunk. Law enforcement was called at around 10:30 p.m. when they were told a driver was operating a vehicle recklessly. The vehicle was speeding and swerving in and out of traffic. One law enforcement officer stated the vehicle was going at around 25-mph above the posted speed limit. When the vehicle stopped by a gas station, law enforcement checked on its occupants.

Possession of drug paraphernalia and its determinative factors

Drug offenses can come in a variety of ways and it is imperative for Wisconsin residents who are arrested on drug allegations to remember that they have rights. One issue that frequently arises is when a person is arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. Knowing how the law assesses an item and if it is being used for drugs is one of the foundational points when planning a defense. Various factors go into the determination of an item as being drug paraphernalia.

During the investigation, the owner or the individual in control of the items could make statements about it and how these items are used. This can be a key factor in a drug paraphernalia case. The location of the object is also important when deciding whether the person has violated the law. If there are controlled substances or their analogs and these are near the item, it could be important when the decision is made as to whether it is being used as drug paraphernalia.

Child injured, woman killed in motorcycle drunk driving crash

In Appleton and across Wisconsin, it is important to remember that drunk driving charges are not limited to driving a car or a truck. Motorcyclists can also face drunk driving charges. Motorcyclists are just as susceptible to an arrest for operating while intoxicated as anyone else. The charges and the penalties for a conviction can be significant. This is especially true when there is a felony drunk driving charge. The penalties will be the same regardless of the type of vehicle the person was driving and it is imperative to lodge a strong defense after an arrest.

An accident between a motorcycle and a bicycle led to the death of a passenger on the motorcycle and severe injuries to the child riding the bicycle. The man who was operating the motorcycle was arrested on multiple charges. The crash occurred at an intersection. The bicycle rider, a 13-year-old boy, was found some distance away from the crash site. The passenger on the motorcycle, a 53-year-old woman, was thrown around 40 feet from the motorcycle and died. The boy was flown to the hospital where he was put in a medically-induced coma. The man operating the motorcycle had cuts to his face, but was walking in the aftermath.

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