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First-offense OWI and the diversion program option

Your recent drunk driving arrest was a first offense, so you are probably nervous and uncertain about what to expect. You may be getting advice from well-meaning friends who are suggesting you accept your penalty because a first-offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Wisconsin carries minimal fines and no jail time.

Marijuana laws are complicated: Know your rights ahead of time

Ask 1,000 people in Wisconsin how they feel about marijuana decriminalization and you're likely to get hundreds of different answers in return. You may also notice commonalities among your survey participants, however. For instance, some may tell you they think medical use of marijuana should always be legal. Others may hold more traditional opinions, adamantly stating that marijuana possession or use should always be punishable as a crime.

Is there a drug of choice on your college campus?

Since you've been in residence at a Wisconsin college, you've likely noticed certain free-time activities are often available that may not be in students' best interests. If you do a little partying on or off campus, you definitely aren't the only college student ever to do so. In fact, some might say that college life and partying tend to go hand in hand.

Can you get a DWI after drinking non-alcoholic beer or wine?

As a responsible student in a Wisconsin college and a conscientious driver, you do your very best to make good choices concerning drinking and driving. After all, you're part way through the academic year and you really don't want to mess things up when you're so close to earning your degree and achieving your goals. On many occasions, you have likely even offered to be a designated driver rather than risk facing DWI charges or worse, getting in an accident that causes someone injury.

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.

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. 

When study habits lead to drug habits

Making the grade is at the top of the list of most college students' agendas when it comes to high priorities and matters of importance. You've probably stayed up all night a time or two with your Wisconsin college roommates, cramming for final exams and trying to stay one step ahead. Perhaps you're like other students who hold down jobs while going to school. This can make for a very challenging, stressful life at times.

Should you get out of your car if police pull you over?

While you're in college, you no doubt face any number of challenges on a daily basis. From getting to classes on time, remembering to do your own laundry or making the money your parents sent you last a sufficient amount of time, you likely succeed in many areas and drop the ball in others. That's life. It's a learning experience.

Do you know a college education doubles your risk for addiction?

If you're a college student in Wisconsin, you likely have certain educational, personal and professional goals in mind for your life. The types of activities you choose while you're at school may significantly impact your ability to achieve those goals. Some activities may help you advance toward your goals while others, such as those involving drugs and alcohol, may greatly impede your progress. Some studies show full time college students are twice as likely to become addicted to drugs and alcohol as non-students.

What to do when an OWI stop interrupts your summer break

Summer is just about at its half-way point, and many Wisconsin college students are once again gearing up for another school semester. For some, the current goal is to cram as much fun and recreation into the remaining weeks of vacation as possible. As is often the case with college kids, this may include going to parties. As is also often the case with college kids, such parties may include alcoholic beverages, which may complicate matters should there be a traffic stop on the way home.

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