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The White House increases awareness of impaired driving

In Wisconsin, like every other state in the country, the legal limit for intoxication is .08 percent. When a person gets behind the wheel and is driving impaired, they put their lives at risk as well as the lives of other individuals in their vehicle, other drivers and innocent pedestrians. Every 50 minutes, approximately one individual loses their life in an alcohol-related automobile accident. As a result, many states have put strict laws in place to deter impaired driving.

Still, according to a 2012 report, more than 4 million adults admitted to getting behind the wheel of their vehicle although they were impaired by alcohol in a one-month time frame. The sobering reality is that every one of these individuals could have caused a fatal accident. While the legal limit for intoxication is .08 percent, some people are impaired after just one drink. Their decision to get behind the wheel and drive drunk can irrevocably change lives.

Penalties for cocaine sale and possession

Cocaine is one of the most heavily trafficked illegal drugs in Wisconsin. Furthermore, there has been growing violence related to the use, trafficking and manufacture of cocaine. As a result, authorities in the state are taking these offenses seriously.

The seriousness of the offense is based on how much of the drug the person possesses as well as whether the person has committed previous offenses. Any amount of cocaine can result in a sentence of up to a year in prison and a fine of $5,000. Attempting to possess this amount can lead to the same penalty.

Understanding Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is often experienced by those who live in Appleton, Wisconsin, and other areas of the country as a physical altercation between spouses or two people who are living together. In reality, this is only one form of domestic violence that is in existence. The violence also could include physical abuse, emotional or sexual abuse and even financial abuse. Most of the time, this violence takes place between two people who are either married or in a similar relationship. However, it also could involve children and parents, friends who live together or other family members who live in the same home.

Physical abuse occurs when any kind of physical force is used by one person against another. This type of domestic violence can include anything from kicking to choking, biting or pushing another person. Behavior that results in minor injuries, such as slapping, also is considered to be physical abuse.

Study shows disparity in prison sentences for black men

Wisconsin residents may be surprised to learn that according to a study by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, black men on average spend more time in prison than white men who commit the same crimes. The study looked at data from 2012 to 2016 and showed that black men served sentences that were 19.1 percent longer than white men who committed the same crimes.

Some may argue that the black men who got longer sentences may have had a history of violence or a history of crime. However, this pattern of thought does not hold water according to the study produced by the US federal judiciary branch. When an offender's history of violence was factored in, black offenders had sentences 20.4 times longer than white men.

Things to know about Wisconsin's new OWI laws

Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence is a dangerous criminal offense, and therefore comes with strict penalties. New Wisconsin laws increase those penalties.

If someone faces an OWI charge, it is important to understand all that this entails, including the potentially harsher outcomes that the new legislation has put into place.

Eau Claire city sign knocked down by alleged drunk driver

According to a representative from the Eau Claire Police Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol arrested a 48-year-old woman who was involved in the destruction of the city's sign on Madison Street. The arrest took place where her vehicle stopped after moving westbound on Cameron Street.

According to the police report, the woman's vehicle had entered the median on Madison Street and crashed into the sign. The force of the impact broke the upright portion away from its foundation. The woman left the accident scene and continued driving for a short distance until the damaged vehicle ceased to function. Police cited the woman for operating under the influence as well as speeding and other offenses.

Popular rapper faces 15 charges in drunk driving incident

Rapper Fetty Wap was taken into police custody on Nov. 3 after failing a roadside sobriety test, and rap enthusiasts in Wisconsin may want to know more about events surrounding the incident. According to media sources, the "My Way" star was pulled over by New York City police following a drag-racing incident in Brooklyn. Sources say that the rapper showed police an expired driver's license during the preliminary investigation.

The early-morning incident took place on the Gowanus Expressway. Officials allege that the New Jersey native was driving a 2015 Mercedes-Benz at speeds in excess of 100 MPH in a 50 MPH zone. Reports indicate that one additional driver may have been involved in the incident. That driver has not been named in TMZ news reports.

A lower drinking age may be in Wisconsin's future

Many Americans have complained of the high drinking age, claiming that adults who can enlist to defend the country should be able to legally enjoy alcoholic beverages. Yet in most places, 21 remains the legal age. However, Wisconsin is looking to change that.

It is no surprise, considering that 24/7 Wall St. found Appleton to be the drunkest city in America, with six more Wisconsin cities in the top 10, according to the local Fox news. After all, most people associate Wisconsin with beer, cheese and the Packers. While many citizens may agree with this measure, how likely is the age to go down, and what will be the consequences if this legislation passes?

Study reveals that race affects plea offers and convictions

The plea offers and sentences that criminal defendants in Wisconsin ultimately receive may partially depend on whether they are black or white, according to a new study. Black people, including those who have no criminal records, are much likelier than whites to receive harsher convictions and sentences.

According to a study that was conducted by a researcher from the Loyola Law School, whites are 74 times likelier than blacks to have their charges dropped, dismissed or reduced. Among people who did not have prior criminal records, those who were white were substantially likelier to have their charges dropped or reduced. The study included 30,807 people in Wisconsin during a seven-year period who were charged with misdemeanor offenses.

Woman charged after fatal drunk driving accident

On Oct. 19, it was reported that a driver who survived a fatal head-on car crash in Wisconsin on Oct. 13 said that she had been taken into custody three times in three days for driving under the influence of alcohol. The 53-year-old woman was charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.

The woman reportedly told a sheriff's deputy that she was driving from Muscoda to Madison to visit her boyfriend. While driving, she said that she had consumed two beers and a malt beverage. The accident occurred about 30 minutes after she left Muscoda. The crash took place on Highway 14 at about 7:12 p.m. in Iowa County. She was transported to a hospital for treatment of her injuries, where she remained overnight. The other driver involved in the crash, a 38-year-old Hillsboro man, was pronounced dead at the crash scene.

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