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Wisconsin passes law increasing police access to juvenile records

In an effort to curb crime in Wisconsin, lawmakers have signed into law a series of bills that some feel are overreaching. One of the bills gives law enforcement, including officers, judges and prosecutors, greater access to the criminal records of juveniles. This increased access would allow law enforcement officials to track a juvenile's record and group those young individuals charged with minor offenses with juveniles who have been charged with more serious crimes.

Should sexual contact between teenagers result in jail time?

Despite what police and media reports would have us believe, many sex crimes cases are not as black and white as they might seem. While being charged with a sex offense is always a very serious matter, readers in the Milwaukee area likely know that police officers gather evidence specifically with a view toward obtaining a conviction. But the will to convict is not the same thing as having enough evidence to send people to jail and label them sex offenders for the rest of their lives. With these issues in mind, Wisconsin residents may be interested to hear of a case involving a young man who was convicted of a sex offense after it was determined that, as a senior in high school, he had sex with his girlfriend, who was a 14-year-old freshman at the time.

Milwaukee woman accused of DUI in crash that took her daughter

Can half a can of beer alone make someone's blood-alcohol content exceed the legal limit? Not likely. But that is what a criminal complaint in Milwaukee alleges against a woman who not only has suffered the loss of her young daughter; she is also accused of DUI in connection with her daughter's death.

Internet crimes: Wisconsin legislators consider changing the law

Wisconsin law may change with regard to how attempted child enticement is prosecuted. Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen supports a bill that is currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. If the bill is passed, state law would treat attempted child enticement the same as actually carrying out the crime.

Sentence stayed for Wisconsin teen in sexual assault case

A Wisconsin teenager recently avoided a prison term after being sentenced for serious sexual assault charges. The terms of the sentence given to the teenager were 18 months in prison and 18 months of extended supervision, but the judge stayed the sentence and placed the teenager on probation for five years. The judge reprimanded the teen and advised him that if he violates the terms of his probation, he will be sent to prison. If he behaves and meets all conditions of his probation, the teen will not see any prison time -- at least not for the latest sexual assault convictions (he was previously sentenced to a year in the Racine County Jail in another sexual assault case from Walworth County involving the same victims).The teen was most recently convicted on two counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child and stood accused of having sexual relations with three teenage boys in Racine County. According to the boy's lawyer, the victims also happened to be his friends. The boys apparently met when they were 10 or 11 years old. At the time of the alleged assaults, the accused teenager was 17, and the younger boys were 14 years old.

Drug distribution charges after a "no-knock" search warrant

Wisconsin law enforcement agencies have lately been cracking down on alleged drug crimes. And while there are many types of drug charges, possession with intent to sell can be one of the more serious. Indeed, a conviction of this type of drug charge can lead to substantial jail time.On Dec. 15, police executed a "no-knock" search warrant in Wisconsin. Two men were subsequently arrested as a result of the search. According to police, the men were ages 21 and 25 and were arrested at an apartment about 3:30 in the afternoon. Police claim that they detected the odor of burnt marijuana, and a search of the residence allegedly produced about one quarter of a pound of marijuana, along with cash and various types of drug paraphernalia. Police also claim the alleged marijuana was in baggies commonly used in drug distribution.

Wisconsin man charged with OWI after Christmas parade crash

The holiday season in Wisconsin can be wonderful. It is a time for families to get together, celebrate and enjoy the closeness of loving relationships. However, the holidays can also be a time for increased police activity, as authorities seek to prosecute drivers who may have had too much to drink. Indeed, Wisconsin arrests for OWI are often considerably high during the holiday season.One alleged OWI incident recently occurred when a 52-year-old Wisconsin man reportedly crashed into a Christmas parade float that was carrying several children. The man now faces felony drunk driving charges. According to a county sheriff's department, the man fled the scene after the accident. He was later stopped about a block away by witnesses who detained him until police arrived. According to reports, no one was injured during the incident.

Drug trafficking: 55-year-old Wisconsin man sentenced to 1 year

A 55-year-old Wisconsin man has been sentenced to prison for a year after being convicted of maintaining a drug trafficking location. Prosecutors alleged that the man's role in maintaining the location contributed to the death of a 28-year-old man. The 55-year-old pled no contest to the felony charge, and the judge proceeded to dismiss other more serious felony allegations that had been filed against the man, including reckless homicide by delivery of drugs to the first degree, as well as drug manufacturing and delivery. The convicted man received a credit of 41 days to be subtracted from his sentence for the time he spent in jail before the trial. However, he will have two years of extended supervision after completing his prison term.Although the man was sentenced to one year in prison, prosecutors advocated that he be incarcerated for half a year longer, which would make up the maximum term possible for his crime. The prosecution argued that the man was the source of the illegal substances that caused the other man's death. But defense counsel argued that his client wasn't even present for the drug deal, and was possibly sleeping in another room at the time. The defense counsel further said that his client had never even met the young man who died, since it was another person who had purchased and delivered the drugs.

Wisconsin man faces charges after trying to buy a car

Sometimes a local newspaper article may make a small crime appear larger than it really is. This is often because the article's primary source is a law enforcement officer, a detective or a press release from the police department. That may be the case with an instance of alleged identity theft that took place in Oregon recently, leading to the arrest of a Wisconsin man.

Wisconsin man faces criminal charges

A Wisconsin man was arrested on criminal charges, including bribery and drug possession, in Chicago after police pulled him over for driving without headlights at 1 a.m. Police claim they noticed an open beer can in the cup holder of the center console and ordered him to have a sobriety test. They also spotted a gun on his driver's seat, a small bag of marijuana and cash.

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