Eau Claire Criminal Defense Blog

Possessing drugs can result in federal and state charges

Under federal law, it's illegal to possess certain drugs. It's also against the law to possess illegal drugs according to state laws. In some instances, individuals could face both state and federal charges for doing so.

Simple drug possession refers to possessing drugs without the intent to distribute, sell or transport them. This is a misdemeanor under federal laws and may lead to up to a year in prison and a minimum fine of $1,000. It's possible to be fined and to receive time in prison for this charge if convicted.

Underage drivers face losing their licenses if they drive drunk

If you're under the age of 21, you fall under the absolute sobriety law. You can be fined $200 and earn 4 demerit points for having any alcohol in your system at the time of a traffic stop.

You could lose your license for three months if you're convicted of this charge, but you can get a license for occupational purposes (to work or go to school) immediately. For all other underage charges, you can seek an occupational license 15 days following a license suspension or revocation.

Opioid crisis leads to public health emergency in Eau Claire

The growing problem of opioids in the community isn't something to balk at. Law enforcement and treatment centers agree that more has to be done to help the people of Eau Claire, not to end up putting them behind bars. Recently, a public health emergency was announced. The Department of Justice (DOJ) stated it would be taking new efforts toward eradicating the issue.

At this point in late 2017, the opioid crisis is bad enough that it has all states on high alert. It's an epidemic spreading across the country. Most agree that people affected by the epidemic need to receive treatment, but more funding is needed to help people cross the barrier from the streets into a treatment facility.

Arson: Defend yourself with an official investigation's findings

Arson is defined as an intentional burning or attempted burning of a property, vehicle or other item, although arson isn't limited to personal property or buildings. Some arsonists take aim at churches, while others plot against schools or businesses.

In most cases, arson takes place as a form of revenge or to cover up another crime. For example, someone trying to cover up a computer crime that could be traced to computers in a library may decide to burn it down to eliminate the evidence.

A hangover may be the least of your college drinking worries

As you live out your college life in Wisconsin, you may simultaneously experience excitement, challenge and stress. Whether academics come easily to you and you barely have to study to ace your final exams or you typically have to pull several all-nighters and give up most of your free time activities just to make the grade, as long as you do your best and try to avoid some of the problems often associated with campus living, you'll likely succeed in earning a degree in your chosen field of study.

It's no secret that college students encounter increased peer pressure and temptations at much higher levels than those they experience in high school. While there's typically nothing wrong with kicking back and enjoying some rest and relaxation with friends to rejuvenate your spirit after a long, hard week of studies, you are definitely at risk for some very serious consequences if you wind up drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel of a car.

Can you get a DUI for driving drunk on an all-terrain vehicle?

When you think of drunk driving, you probably think about getting behind the wheel of a truck or car. You can get in trouble for driving any vehicle, though, even things like all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or off-road vehicles. In most states, it's illegal to get behind the wheel of any motor vehicle while intoxicated.

In some states, there are separate charges for those caught drunk while driving off-road. You may even face different charges depending on if you're on public or private land. In most cases, though, your DUI is treated identically to being behind the wheel of a car or truck. You may lose your license, face heavy fines or have to go to DUI school. An ignition interlock device might become necessary in your primary vehicle, even though you weren't driving it when you were caught intoxicated.

Fentanyl: The potent drug with a high risk of overdose

Opioid medications work to reduce pain in the body. They attach to opioid receptors in the brain to do this. Different opioid medications affect more or fewer receptors, changing the overall potency.

The potency of an opioid medication is what makes it dangerous. Fentanyl, for instance, is 100 times more potent than its sister drug, morphine. It takes only 100 millionth of a gram to create the same effects of 10 mg of morphine.

Can you get a DUI for drunkenly riding a horse?

You want to go out for a night on the town, but you know you can't drive home. It's too far to bike, but you do have a horse. Can you ride your horse into town and back home without the risk of a DUI?

That's a good question, and it's one that actually does come up in court once in a while. Is a horse a vehicle? Does riding a horse make you a driver or a pedestrian? Different states have different opinions.

Wisconsin's location makes it a drug-dealer's territory

Getting drugs when you wanted them was never a problem. Last time, you got caught, though, and now you face penalties for drug possession. As someone living in Wisconsin, it's good for you to understand why you aren't alone in this situation.

Wisconsin is a sort of hub for drug dealers and the drug trade. It's in a particular area of the country that's easy to get to and transport goods through.

Ignition interlock and your drunk driving offense in Wisconsin

Drunk driving is a serious crime, and it can have a serious impact on your life, even if it is your first offense. Some Wisconsin drivers make the mistake of underestimating the serious nature of their offense, and as a result, they do not see the importance of presenting a strong defense when facing an OWI. 

In Wisconsin, there are several serious penalties that may come with a conviction for drunk driving. Fortunately, a conviction is never your only option. One of the penalties of driving while drunk is the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device. In order to effectively confront OWI charges and possibly mitigate some of the penalties you are facing, you would be wise to reach out for defense help as soon as possible after an arrest.


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