Out-of-state students attending Wisconsin colleges may not know that a charge of "driving under the influence" (DUI) is referred to in the Badger State as "operating while intoxicated" (OWI). No matter the acronym, it is a serious offense.
For many kids in college or high school education doesn't happen exclusively in the classroom. The social activities they participate in do as much to define their educational experience as their actual classes. This might mean joining fraternities or sororities that ask for members to complete an initiation process. Or it might mean succumbing to peer pressure and playing a joke on someone else. While many of these bring a laugh or two, some could wind up bringing police officers to your doorstep. Participating in a prank doesn't make you a hardened criminal, but it could give you a taste of the criminal justice system you never thought you'd have, and can potentially have a big impact on your future. If this does happen to you, it's important to respond appropriately in order to avoid adding unnecessarily complications to your case.
Experimenting with drugs may seem like a rite of passage in college for many Wisconsin students, but the consequences are far from minor. You may face expulsion, loss of financial aid and scholarships, and criminal charges. Drug crimes, are serious and the aftermath may haunt you for years to come, possibly a lifetime.