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December 2016 Archives

Drunk driving penalties become more severe on Jan. 1

Wisconsin motorists should be aware that the consequences for repeat drunken drivers were scheduled to become more severe starting Jan. 1, 2017. According to the state government affairs director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the laws close loopholes that existed in the state legislature.

What happens to children after domestic violence

When it comes to domestic violence, there are certain factors that are not widely understood. The patterns of abuse will vary depending on the person, and each case can be very different. The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families states that people of all ages, races, genders and education levels can be affected. The marital status does not matter, and violence can even happen between couples who are simply dating. Abuse occurs in same-sex relationships just as it does in opposite-sex couples, and it can happen in homes of any economic or social background. In addition to these points, there is also often a misunderstanding about what will happen to children in abusive situations.

Synthetic drugs a thorny issue for police and lawmakers

Law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin and across the country have noticed an upsurge in the number of crimes involving synthetic drugs known by street names such as bath salts and spice. These complex chemical formulas are usually developed to skirt narcotics laws, and the resulting substances can have severe adverse effects on the individuals who consume them. However, because these drugs are often not actually illegal at the time of their introduction, they have sometimes been offered for sale openly in convenience stores and other retail establishments.

Wide receiver faces 2nd DUI within 5 years

Wisconsin football fans who follow the Green Bay Packers may have heard that Arizona Cardinals' Michael Floyd is facing DUI and related charges following an incident that took place just hours after the Cardinals' loss to the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 11. A first-round draft pick in 2012, the 27-year-old receiver will be a free agent after finishing this final year of his deal with the Cardinals.

Penalties for a first-time DUI

Wisconsin drivers who have never been pulled over by the police and are found to be drinking while driving may be interested in learning about the penalties for a first-time offense. Penalties vary from state to state; however, an attorney may advise you on what first-time penalties are in Wisconsin and what may be done to lower those penalties.

Cheap drug test lands couple in jail for carrying baking soda

Many Wisconsin residents know that baking soda can be used for household cleaning, baking, tooth brushing and dozens of other chores. Because the versatile substance can be used for so many things, a lot of people buy it in bulk. However, it may be a good idea to keep baking soda in its original container so that it is not mistaken for cocaine by a cheap drug test.

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