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Drug convictions can impact financial aid eligibility

If you are planning a return to a Wisconsin college or university this fall and are relying on federal financial aid to help you, it is critical that you understand how the choices you make can impact your financial aid eligibility.

Sometimes, students who leave home for the first time find themselves experimenting with alcohol or drugs, but if you experiment with drugs and the authorities catch and charge you with a drug-related crime, a subsequent conviction could mean the end of your financial aid.

Report: Midwest seeing increased meth use

It appears that meth use may be on the rise in the Midwest.

Take the numbers from a recent report. The report looked at how common positive tests for meth were in job-related drug screenings in the Midwest. The report estimated that the number of such positive tests in the region has increased 167 percent between 2013 and 2017.

Are you being accused of stalking someone?

You have developed a crush on someone you work with, and like many shy but hopeful romantics, you set out to learn as much as you can about her. You might have even found out where she lived. Now you have been accused of stalking, and you worry about the potential legal and employment consequences. What are the laws on stalking in Wisconsin?

The definition of stalking can be vague and confusing. You might have been doing something completely harmless, but your co-worker was uninterested and saw it as stalking. Or, you may have unintentionally crossed a line with your actions. It is important to understand the common behaviors surrounding stalking, so you do not face long-lasting consequences.

The consequences of using LSD

College is widely recognized as a time of experimentation. You're figuring out what you want to do with your life and who you are now that you've moved out of your parents' house.

You may hear about LSD or acid from your friends. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most people use this hallucinogenic drug for social purposes. Some people claim that taking LSD helps them have more fun, feel happier or reduce stress -- all quintessential elements of being in college.

OVI, OWI, DUI: The differences in terms

You weren't in your right mind when you decided to get behind the wheel of your car while intoxicated. You knew better, but you decided to risk it to get home. Of course, you were out of luck, and you were pulled over by a nearby officer.

Now, you face a DUI, and you aren't sure what to expect. You'd heard dozens of terms for charges like yours, but what exactly does yours mean? Is it as serious as others that could be lodged against you?

Marijuana in Wisconsin: An illegal drug

Even though marijuana is legal in many places across the United States, it is not yet legal in Wisconsin. In some states, marijuana possession is decriminalized. In others, it's legal for recreational use. In still others, those with medical needs have access.

Wisconsin falls into the states with legal medical marijuana but no legal right to recreational use. The state passed its medical marijuana law in 2014, but it's extremely limited. Based on the law, individuals may only use cannabidiol if it has no psychoactive effects. It is only allowed to treat patients with seizure disorders.

Facing an OWI? Honesty is the best policy

It's bad enough that a night of fun with friends turned into an OWI. You know about the potential suspended license and the fines, but are there other consequences too? Can a drunk driving charge effect your future?

The fines and jail time could be just the beginning of the consequences of an OWI. You could be looking at problems for your career.

Man won't be charged in homicide case

A man accused of a homicide no longer faces charges after they were dropped due to his inability to stand trial. According to the news, the 75-year-old man was believed to have killed his sister in 2016, but as a result of a severe dementia diagnosis, cannot stand trial. His sister was killed in an act of violence, being strangled, stabbed and beaten to death at the age of 75.

The man had been discovered wandering near his sister's home; he was covered in blood and cuts. He had been spending the weekend with his sister while his wife was away, but he was being treated with medications for dementia. His sister was discovered in the brother's bedroom in the home.

Ecstasy: An illegal drug with lasting consequences

Drug crimes come in all shapes and sizes, but one that is common among youth is the use of MDMA. The drug, 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, is best known as Ecstasy.

This drug produces feelings of euphoria, making it popular in the club scene. It affects the brain by causing increased dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. This results in euphoric feelings, increased energy, a higher heart rate and blood pressure, sexual arousal, a sense of trust and elevated mood.

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