Last month, we wrote that Wisconsin legislators have been working to pass bills that could significantly reduce the number of overdose deaths from street drugs such as heroin. The rate of fatal heroin overdoses has risen sharply nationwide in recent years.
While the criminal justice system was designed to be fair and predictable, it does not always live up to this goal. This is especially true when it comes to the sentencing rules and guidelines for federal drug offenses. Drug laws have become exponentially stricter over the last few decades, fueled largely by zealous politicians who wanted to appear tough on crime.
If you happen to be a history buff (or pay attention to the news), you probably know that this week marks two historic anniversaries. Tuesday was the 150th anniversary of the day that President Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address to dedicate a new military cemetery during the Civil War.
In Wisconsin, a law exists that is referred to both as a fetal protection law and as a cocaine mom law. In essence, this law compels pregnant women deemed to have a severe degree of drug dependency to ingest anti-addiction drugs and/or spend time in chemical dependency treatment facilities.
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.
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.
Wisconsin, just like all other states, has laws regarding the use and possession of controlled substances. These laws enforce strict rules and harsh penalties for drug offenses. With the goal of decreasing state drug crimes, authorities often conduct measures to catch suspected drug criminals, including drug bust stings, checkpoints and searches.
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.
Being accused of a criminal offense should not ever be taken lightly. An individual's reputation and his or her family's status in the community may be harmed even if a defendant is not convicted. It is important that when a defendant is accused of a serious criminal offense, such as child sexual assault, a strategic defense plan is developed to reduce possible penalties. Recently, a Wisconsin man was accused of several serious sex crimes.