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Defense strategies often used to refute charges of drug crimes

Wisconsin police must have reasonable cause to make a traffic stop. They must determine probable cause to make an arrest. Sometimes, they make impromptu visits to private residences. In any case, if a man or woman winds up facing charges for alleged drug crimes, he or she will need to know how to build a strong defense.

If a driver has been detained on the side of the road, it does not necessarily mean the police officer in question has obtained a warrant to search his or her vehicle or person. In fact, many drug crime cases are later dismissed when defendants can show evidence that their personal rights were violated during a traffic stop or at a residence. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects against unlawful searches and seizures. 

What to do during a traffic stop

Getting pulled over by a police officer is a stressful experience. A traffic stop may make you feel anxious, intimidated and agitated even if you are not guilty of any crime. Police are likely to stop you and question you at some point, so it is vital to know what you should do in this type of situation.

If you make mistakes or are not aware of your rights, you may end up in legal trouble. Here are some suggestions for what to do when a cop pulls you over. 

Ways a conviction can affect your college experience

Having fun is part of the college experience. You will face a number of opportunities when it comes to socializing in college. Some of the choices you make, however, may also lead to a poor decision.

If you find yourself in a legal predicament as the result of a one-time lapse in judgment, you may face some consequences that leave you in a bind. Take a look at some ways your present and future plans may change drastically after conviction of a crime.

Vials for vaping marijuana focus of recent Wisconsin arrest

There are certain hot topics that are controversial and the subjects of ongoing debate throughout the country. If there is one issue that prompts opposing viewpoints as often as immigration, it is marijuana. From medical use to recreational use and vaping, there is definitely no shortage of discussion on such matters.

Regarding vaping, police in Wisconsin recently made a traffic stop that led to a man's arrest. It all began when a police officer pulled over a 22-year-old man for speeding. During the stop, a K-9 dog reportedly alerted officers to loose marijuana lying on the floor of the vehicle.

OWI conviction may impede prospective employment process

It is well-known that being convicted of drunk driving in Wisconsin or any other state can have long-lasting repercussions. As opposed to minor traffic violations, OWI is considered a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. In addition to penalties such as jail time, fines or license suspension, a drunk driving conviction can also negatively affect one's personal and professional life.

Most prospective employers do background checks nowadays. A person being considered for a job may not fare well if a background check reveals an OWI conviction. It can be difficult to get to and from work if a driver's license has been suspended or revoked, so this is another possible negative consequence associated with drunk driving convictions.

Is drug court an option for you?

Depending on the type of drug charge you face in Wisconsin, you could potentially face serious, life-altering consequences in the event that your charge leads to a conviction. Jail time and substantial fees and fines are just some of what you may face once authorities charge you with drug sales, drug possession or a similar drug crime. Depending on circumstances, you may be able to enroll in drug court as an alternative to spending time in jail or prison.

In some instances, drug offenders who did not commit violent crimes may be able to enroll in a state drug court program, instead of facing standard criminal consequences following a drug-related conviction. Should you gain entry into a drug court program, you can anticipate having to stay clean throughout its duration, and you can also plan on undergoing drug testing throughout in addition to appearing regularly before a judge. So, do drug court programs actually work?

Did a Wisconsin police officer ask you to take a PAS due to OWI?

Getting pulled over in a traffic stop by a Wisconsin police officer can be an unsettling experience. There is no way to predict how such situations will end. Young drivers who have never encountered legal problems before may be quite intimidated to see a uniformed police officer approaching their drivers' side windows. If the officer asks the driver to take a preliminary alcohol screening test (PAS), it's safe to bet that he or she suspects that person of operating while intoxicated, or OWI.

Many people, especially less experienced drivers, think they are legally obligated to take a preliminary alcohol screening test when asked to do so by a police officer during a traffic stop. The reality is that there are no legal or administrative penalties for refusing this test. It is not the same as a Breathalyzer test.

Wisconsin police arrest 6 people for suspected drug crimes

When a Wisconsin party gets out of hand, police are often called to the scene to investigate. Such incidents often lead to arrests and, sometimes, criminal charges against one or more party-goers. A recent party prompted a 911 call that ultimately led to six arrests for suspected drug crimes.

It was just after 7 p.m. on a Thursday when cops showed up at a residence in the town of Lincoln. The caller said a fight had broken out at a party. Police say they arrived to a chaotic scene and observed a man attempting to jump out a window. The officers say they shouted at the man, commanding him to show them his hands. 

Key terms for drug charges

Everyone makes mistakes, and sometimes, those mistakes can follow you for years to come. This is especially true regarding criminal charges, which come with strong penalties. 

If you or a loved one face criminal drug charges, it is important to understand the various aspects of the charge to know what you are up against. You should become familiar with a few key terms about drug charges.

4 substances commonly abused on college campuses

Going to college is a great experience for many young adults. It is often the first time away from home, giving students a newfound sense of freedom and purpose. While attending college can be productive and beneficial, it can also result in experimentation with various substances. 

Alcohol and drug use among college students is common. According to recent statistics, half of all full-time college students either binge drink or use drugs at least once monthly. Here is a look at the most used, misused and abused substances on college campuses.

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