In this digital age, anything can be quickly and easily posted about anyone online. Sometimes online posts done in jest can unfortunately not only harm a person's reputation, but can and result in criminal charges. A Wisconsin man who jokingly posted a Craigslist ad for his neighbor is now facing the punishment - identity theft charges - for what he thought was a humorous idea.
A criminal conviction can change a person's life forever. If convicted of serious criminal charges, an individual can face serious penalties, including prison time. In addition, having a felony conviction on one's record can make employment and housing difficult to obtain. Two Wisconsin day care workers are now facing the possibility of these consequences after being charged with child abuse.
People in Wisconsin may have heard about a new law that could have dangerous consequences for people facing drug or other criminal charges. Wisconsin Act 285, which went into effect last April, allows prosecutors to use hearsay evidence, evidence that is not valid or trustworthy enough to use at a criminal trial, in the preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to show that there is probable cause to believe the defendant committed the crime.
One decision can change a person's everyday life drastically. A person facing drug charges, such as drug manufacturing, could face public scrutiny and prejudices from family, friends and the community at large. This could make it difficult for a defendant to keep and find employment. Recently, two people were arrested and now face drug charges after a heroin bust in Wisconsin.
The Internet has made it easier for people in Milwaukee and elsewhere to learn personal information about others. However, the Internet has also carved out new criminal offenses that penalize individuals for wrongly using the Internet. One of these possible criminal offenses is cyberstalking. Recently, a man has been charged with cyberstalking.