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Review of penalties for drunk driving in Wisconsin

Most Appleton residents probably know the basics of what could happen to them if they get convicted of a drunk driving charge, which is legally called in OWI in the state of Wisconsin. For example, they probably know that there will fines and a license suspension, and jail may even be on the table.

Even a first-time OWI offense with no aggravating circumstances can carry with it some significant penalties. While a lengthy stay in jail might not be a serious concern, a person can face a license revocation of up to nine months, as well as a mandatory $435 fee as well as the possibility of additional fines.

Alleged fake doctor faces multiple criminal charges

A Wisconsin man, who is a resident of Appleton, faces multiple criminal charges in connection with allegations that he held himself out as a psychologist t multiple patients and even treated them for their ailments. The man does not have a medical license.

Investigators say that the man, who gave a different last name when treating patients, was licensed as a nurse but later found himself out of work and unable to get a job.

As opioid deaths rise in Wisconsin, the state takes action

It is no secret that the opioid crisis is hitting Wisconsin hard. According to recent reporting, the rate of fatal opioid overdoses in Wisconsin is climbing. Families are suffering as their loved ones die of opioid overdoses even after receiving treatment.

This tragedy is signaling alarm bells for the state. Wisconsin is expanding its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, thanks in part to new funding from the federal government.

Thought-provoking statistics on false domestic violence claims

As this blog has discussed previously, a Wisconsin resident who is facing a criminal domestic violence allegation is exposed to some serious and long-term consequences, even for a first-time offense.

If it is the case that a person really has made a mistake and committed domestic violence, it is understandable that there will be some consequences. Of course, one can still expect fair treatment and to have an opportunity to explain any mitigating circumstances. Doing so, often with the help of an experienced attorney, can mean a lessened penalty and the ability to move past a mistake.

Other consequences of domestic violence convictions

A previous post on this blog talked about how an Appleton, Wisconsin, resident might wind up losing custody of his children or even, in some cases, having to settle for supervised visits. As the previous post mentioned, this can happen even if the child was not an alleged victim and did not witness domestic violence.

This is just one of many so-called collateral consequences to a domestic violence conviction. In general, crimes related to domestic violence are particularly serious since they can have a far-reaching impact on a person's life, even if the person was convicted of a misdemeanor and even if it was a first offense.

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.

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