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What are the penalties for fraudulent credit card use?

The state of Wisconsin has enacted numerous laws that govern the use of credit cards. It's also developed criminal statutes with associated penalties for the fraudulent use of credit cards. If you've been accused of any type of credit card fraud, it's important to know what the potential penalties are if you're convicted.

Wisconsin gets an award for use of ignition interlock devices

No one likes to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. In fact, it's an extreme inconvenience to have to blow into the device, and also embarrassing when passengers are in the car with you. Nevertheless, these devices play a crucial role in allowing those convicted of DUI to get back on the road as soon as possible.

Charged with drunk driving? You may have to go to DUI School

It is easy to go out with friends to a party or a bar and have a few too many. Imagine having a night out and on your way home, a police officer pulls you over. The officer charges you with driving under the influence. A DUI charge can come with some very serious consequences. If convicted, you could face jail time, large fines and probation. Furthermore, a conviction on your record could limit future job prospects.

What kinds of addiction treatments are available?

If you have been struggling with addiction, you likely want to get out of the vicious cycle that is plaguing your life. And your family and friends may be imploring you to get help as well. But sometimes it takes a real wake-up call to motivate an addict to get the help that he or she needs. And certainly, being arrested on drug charges can be a real wake-up call that tells you it is time to make drastic changes.

The extended costs of operating under the influence charges

If being charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol were like most other driving-related charges, you could simply settle the matter by paying a fine and moving on with your life. But DWI, DUI and OWI charges are far more complicated. The state of Wisconsin takes drunk driving offenses very seriously and is prepared to hand out very severe penalties for those who are convicted.

The extended costs of operating under the influence charges

If being charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol were like most other driving-related charges, you could simply settle the matter by paying a fine and moving on with your life. But DWI, DUI and OWI charges are far more complicated. The state of Wisconsin takes drunk driving offenses very seriously and is prepared to hand out very severe penalties for those who are convicted.

An overview of organized retail crime

Organized retail crime (or “ORC”) is a type of crime that involves multiple actors. It appears that some people have realized that certain retail items are extremely valuable when they are sold on the street and have organized their efforts to hit stores in a coordinated fashion to maximize their bang for the criminal buck. These organizations are relatively new and only recently began attracting media attention. This post will go over ORCs and the potential consequences for people who are caught participating in them.

Adopting the Best Approach for Dealing with Weapons Crimes

Weapons crimes are capital felonies that should be taken seriously by all Wisconsin residents. Just to remind those who might not know, weapons crimes refer to atrocities arising from the illegal possession of arms irrespective of your intentions or location. In most cases, being convicted of weapons charges can adversely your freedom, let alone your reputation. To aggravate the situation, a harsh penalty awaits you once the jury brands you a criminal. Most felonies revolving around illegal gun possession tend to escalate out of control, hence the need to enforce stiff penalties to perpetrators.

Facing shoplifting charges

The act of taking an item in a concealed manner and leaving without paying is called shoplifting. Although it is a larceny, it is considered a theft of someone else's property. Although taking something from a store is considered as shoplifting, there are some other cases that may also lead to shoplifting charges. Any scenario in which you take off with something without paying will be considered shoplifting under the law.

When does assault turn into aggravated assault?

Weapons crimes are not crimes that states take lightly. People are often hurt when a person has been accused of committing weapons crimes, and there is often a harsh punishment if there is a conviction. In some cases, the crime is even escalated to a more serious crime. One example of this is when an assault charge is turned into aggravated assault.

Making sense of drug possession laws

Depending on who you ask, the so-called war on drugs has been either ineffective or a complete disaster. Indeed, attitudes about drugs seem to be changing in the country with medical marijuana becoming the norm and recreational pot find support in several states. However, drug possession charges can be complicated in that they can be governed and prosecuted at both the state and the federal level. Laws and the ways they're enforced can vary from one state to another also, which makes defending yourself against charges even more confusing.

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