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Defining reasonable suspicion and probable cause

For the most part, drivers in Wisconsin cannot be stopped on suspicion of drunk driving unless a police officer has a good reason to suspect that the driver is impaired. This is called reasonable suspicion, and it gives a police officer the right to detain someone and perform a brief investigation.

Scheduling of drugs under the Controlled Substances Act

Wisconsin residents can be charged with drug crimes if they possess a wide variety of different drugs without prescriptions. Some of these drugs are unavailable by prescription and are illegal in all circumstances. The federal Controlled Substances Act, which was passed and signed into law in 1970, establishes the different categories of controlled substances, and state law follows this act for the most part.

Man faces 5th OWI conviction

A Wisconsin man faces prison time after a traffic stop for a possible fifth OWI offense if convicted. On Feb. 12, another motorist reported a 2004 Chevrolet SUV that nearly hit a bridge, swerved between lanes and randomly stopped. The concerned citizen thought the person driving was drifting into unconsciousness.

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