Last week, we wrote that the rise in drug deaths is prompting Wisconsin prosecutors to crack down on those who supply drugs to victims who later die by fatal overdose. A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides an important follow-up to that post.
Drug overdose deaths are becoming more common in America's large cities and suburbs. One reason for this trend is that street drugs such as heroin have become more potent and "pure" in recent years. Additionally, certain prescription drugs used to treat street-drug addiction are sometimes abused with fatal consequences.
Many Wisconsin residents are familiar with "probable cause," but not everyone understands how important it is to protecting their freedom. Simply stated, probable cause means that a police officer can't make an arrest or conduct a search unless facts known to the officer provide the basis for a reasonable person to believe that a crime was committed or that evidence of a crime would be found in the place to be searched.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, drug possession is a big concern. Many people are aware that the exposure to drugs may lead to lifestyle issues -- not to mention its potential legal consequences. The severity of the punishment for drug charges can increase if police find that a person not only possesses but also manufactures or has intent to distribute drugs.