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Did your holiday shopping outing end in shoplifting charges?

While you are out and about this holiday season, you will likely be hoping to find the right presents for each of your loved ones. You may have ideas in mind for certain people already, but others who are more difficult to buy for may need a bit more thought. Still, you hope to have your shopping finished well ahead of time.

What you may not anticipate, however, is facing criminal charges for shoplifting during this time. You may be perusing the shelves or racks at a store as usual with a few items in hand to consider purchasing, only to have an employee or manager accuse you of trying to steal something. At first you may be shocked and indignant, but when the police show up, you know you face a serious problem.

Facing heroin-related charges in Wisconsin is a serious matter

Many substances have addictive qualities and are illegal for use, possession and sale under federal and state laws. Unfortunately, many people become addicted to illegal substances and find their lives turned upside down. You may have ended up in this predicament without a clear timeline of how it happened.

Now, in addition to the struggles you face with your addiction, you are also facing a legal predicament. Authorities may have accused you of heroin-related drug activity, and as a result, you now face criminal charges. If so, you likely want to do your best to gain information on what this means for you and what you can do about the allegations.

You have rights, even during a Wisconsin traffic stop

The U.S. Constitution contains numerous amendments that protect your rights, liberties and freedom. No situation warrants stripping you of such rights, although certain incidents may cause you to lose privileges, such as incurring a driver's license suspension for conviction of drunk driving. Privileges and rights are two separate issues. It is critical, not only to know what your rights are but how to exercise and protect them, especially if a legal problem arises.

If you're driving along a Wisconsin road and a police officer pulls you over, you have no way of knowing how events will unfold. He or she may simply inform you that you have a brake light out and issue a warning to have it repaired before driving again. On the other hand, if the officer asks you to step out of the car, it's likely that he or she suspects you of a crime. This is when it's most important to be aware of your rights.

What approach should you take for your DUI defense?

Wisconsin laws regarding drunk driving are strict, and a conviction can lead to serious penalties. This may be true for you even if it is your first DUI or OWI offense. You likely understand the importance of seeking qualified guidance regarding your defense options, starting as soon as possible after an arrest.

You can approach your DUI or OWI defense in various ways. The one most appropriate for your individual situation will depend on the details of your individual case. No matter your criminal history or the nature of the charges against you, you would be wise to waste no time in learning more about your defense options and developing the right strategy for how you will protect your interests.

Can using mouthwash land you in jail for supsected OUI?

Do you think it is possible to face OUI charges in Wisconsin if a police officer pulls you over in traffic and you have not consumed so much as a drop of alcohol beforehand? If you answered, "No," then you'd better keep reading. If you answered, "Yes," then you're likely aware that there are numerous conditions and commercial products that can cause false positive results on a preliminary alcohol screening test.  

This test occurs at the scene of a traffic stop. This is different than a chemical Breathalyzer, which determines the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream. A preliminary test uses a mobile test device and merely detects whether or not there is alcohol on your breath. The only problem is that there are many things besides alcoholic beverages that happen to prompt such devices to register positive. You are in for quite a challenge if you plan to fight OUI charges in a Wisconsin court.  

The benefits and downsides of prescription drugs

If you suffer from chronic pain or another adverse health condition, you may be thankful for prescription drugs. Wisconsin doctors and others throughout the nation often prescribe narcotics to help alleviate pain or other medications to treat numerous types of ailments that might otherwise impede a person's ability to function or enjoy life.

The problem is the highly addictive nature of many prescription drugs. No one is immune from possible addiction when taking such drugs and those who tend have addictive personalities may be more at risk than others are. Misusing prescription drugs can lead to substance abuse as well as serious legal problems.

What are the standard field sobriety tests?

If you ever find yourself suspected of driving under the influence, police in Wisconsin will likely ask you to participate in some roadside testing. Field sobriety tests allow officers to look at a number of things that help them determine if a person is or is not under the influence of an impairing substance.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, there are only three standard field sobriety tests. What are these tests? What are they looking for? Is participation mandatory?

Police are not perfect: Mistakes may impact DUI cases

The idea of potentially facing serious consequences due to having criminal charges brought against you may immediately send you into an anxious frenzy. Throughout your life, you may have always tried to walk the straight-and-narrow path, but of course, everyone makes mistakes, often when they do not realize it. If an officer believes you consumed too much alcohol before driving, you could end up facing allegations of DUI.

Many factors can play important parts in DUI situations. From your blood-alcohol level to police actions, even the smallest details could impact the outcomes of your case. Additionally, even if the DUI charges seem unexpected because you did not feel intoxicated, you still need to focus on defending against the allegations.

What drug schedules mean for your case

Wisconsin criminal defendants know that when they are facing criminal charges of any kind, their future and their freedom is on the line. This is especially true for people facing drug charges. There are various types of drug charges, and if you face any type of criminal charge related to drug use, possession, manufacturing or trafficking, you would be wise to act quickly to protect your interests.

In many cases, the severity of a drug charge depends on the type of drug involved with your case. The federal Controlled Substances Act ranks many types of drugs, and this classification system could determine how serious the case against you may be. No matter what you are up against, you would be wise to work hard to confront the case against you.

Make sure you've got your Wisconsin marijuana facts straight

Has someone told you marijuana is now legal in Wisconsin? If so, unless you're already armed with the facts, this type of misguided statement could land you in a lot to trouble with the law. Currently, seven states, plus the District of Columbia, have passed laws regarding recreationally smoking marijuana. Wisconsin is not one of these states. Also, at the federal level, all possession, manufacturing, selling, delivering and use of marijuana remains illegal, which can lead to confusion in individual states where laws conflict.

You or one of your family members may suffer from a health condition where marijuana is said to have a beneficial effect to relieve symptoms. There are ample study reports available that show evidence of symptom relief and other positive results regarding those who use the drug medicinally. However, since state regulations are rapidly changing and federal laws contradict many state laws, it's best to seek clarification first rather than risk criminal charges later.


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