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Fight back against a holiday drunk driving charge

Some people might have been arrested for drunk driving over the recent holiday season. If you are one of these, you need to get to work on your defense right away. Some components of these cases are time sensitive, so you are very limited on how much time you have to act. We are here to help you go through the various aspects of your case.

One thing to remember for drunk driving cases is that your defense strategy might call several points into question. We need to have time to look at the circumstances of the case to determine exactly what our options are. Once we know this, we can discuss them with you so that you can give us directions on what you want to focus on. The goal is to come up with a strategy that is comprehensive and that is based on the truth of the time.

Set transportation plans for New Year's Eve now

With New Year's Eve less than a week away, right now is the time to make plans for transportation if you are heading out to enjoy some drinks to ring in 2019. Wisconsin is in the middle of the holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. This campaign includes 25 task forces that encompass more than 100 law enforcement agencies in this state. Around 300 drug recognition experts are part of the program, and approximately 3,800 officers have been trained on Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement.

One thing to remember is that if you are heading into Milwaukee for the festivities, you can count on free rides on Milwaukee County Transit buses. Miller Brewing is continuing the 31-year tradition of providing these to help people make it home safely. Some local taverns also have options for free transportation to get partygoers home safe. These are done through the Tavern League of Wisconsin's Safe Ride.

Your drug charge case can be a turning point in your life

Drug possession charges are difficult for some defendants to face because they force them to look at what they've been doing with their lives. At this point, some may realize that their addiction must be addressed. Unfortunately, this doesn't mean that the court is going to just drop the charges.

There is a chance that you might be able to get help for your addiction even though you are facing criminal charges. Drug court is one option that enables you to get help for your addiction while still remaining accountable to the court. If you find that you need inpatient treatment, be sure that you work with the court so that you don't end up missing hearings due to being in a treatment facility.

Credit card fraud shouldn't be part of your holiday plans

Trying to find a way to pay for Christmas gifts is a challenge for people this time of year. The one thing that you shouldn't ever do is to give in to the temptation of turning to illegal means to pay for gifts for loved ones. It is pretty safe to say that they'd like to have you around for the holidays more than what they'd appreciate you being in jail for theft.

One area that you have to be concerned with is credit card theft. There are a few ways that this can happen, but not all of them have to do with you using another person's card. It is possible to face credit card fraud charges if you don't use another person's card.

Find alternatives to drunk driving in Waukesha

With the Waukesha Metro Transit and availability of taxis and ride shares, people in our area have plenty of options for getting home safely after a night of drinking. There really isn't any reason why a person should have to drive drunk but things might happen that lead to this. If you are facing drunk driving charges, make sure that you start working on a defense plan right away.

There are immediate impacts to this charge that aren't present in other charges. For one, you are facing the loss of your driver's license. This can greatly impact your life since you will have to rely on others for rides. If you have to drive for your job, there is a chance that you will have to find other employment. This might be difficult with an open criminal case against you. It may be even harder if you have a conviction on your record.

Citizens are pushing back against anti-marijuana laws

The question of marijuana is one of the hot topics across the country, and Wisconsin isn't an exception. In fact, Eau Claire recently set a $1 fine for marijuana possession in the city. The city council members there hope to send a message to lawmakers that marijuana isn't worth the priority status it has been given.

Prior to passing the law, the fines for possession ranged from $100 to $500. The new $1 fine is only applicable to first-time offenders who have 25 grams or less. They will still have to pay court fees, so the total will be $138 for a person who is arrested there for their first time facing this crime.

Mental illness sometimes contributes to violent crimes

Many people automatically think that people who have violent tendencies are just acting out. What many people don't realize is that there are sometimes mental health conditions that cause the person to act in this manner. It is easy to think that someone who just stabbed or shot someone should be locked away in prison for life, but this doesn't address the underlying problem.

Many different mental health disorders can lead someone to do violent things. The issue here is that the person isn't going to overcome the problem by being put in prison. Instead, they need to receive mental health care that will help them. This is especially important if there is a chance that they will be released from prison at some point.

What types of actions constitute vandalism?

Pranks and practical jokes are funny – until someone has to go to jail. Unfortunately, this is the reality for some individuals who do things that deface someone else's property. It is important to avoid any activities that might lead to vandalism charges.

There are many aspects of these charges that must be considered when you are trying to figure out if something is going to run afoul of the law. All of these can have an impact on whether you will face criminal charges.

Wisconsin man accused of meth crimes in Sawyer County

A 38-year-old man from Minneapolis has been arrested and accused of selling methamphetamine throughout Sawyer County. The arrest came as a part of a joint investigation by the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies.

The arrest of the man happened on a recent Friday evening in Radisson after authorities carried out a traffic stop. The sheriff's department alleges that they found the man to be in possession of 86.8 grams of meth, $500 in cash and a digital scale. Authorities say that they found all of these items in the man's vehicle. Authorities also arrested a 28-year-old woman who was riding in the vehicle with the man at the time of the traffic stop.

Sheboygan man hit with fifth intoxicated driving charge

A man from Sheboygan was recently accused of intoxicated driving on his birthday. According to police, they pulled him over after he left a bar on a recent Wednesday. Sadly, it was the man's birthday and -- even worse -- it's the fifth time he's been charged with OWI in Wisconsin.

Police allege that they tracked down the man after a bartender at the bar where he was celebrating tipped them off. The bartender told authorities that a woman had asked for help, and then she left the bar with the intoxicated man in his vehicle. After police pulled them over, they performed a sobriety test on the man and decided he was too drunk to operate his vehicle.

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