It is an unfortunate fact in not only in Juneau County, but throughout the country, that we are facing an opioid crisis. Often times, when people hear the word opioid they assume heroin, but opioids also include prescription painkillers. Any time an individual goes to the doctor and is prescribed pain pills such as Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, or Codeine, they are being prescribed an opioid. For many once they start to feel better, there is no longer a need for the pills and they’ll store the leftovers in a medicine cabinet. Unfortunately, teens and other family members may take these leftover pills and either experiment with them, which has been proven to be deadly, or be influenced to sell them.
In the Juneau County, it does not matter if this is your first run in with the law, being charged with possession of an opioid is considered a felony. Being charged with a felony though does not mean you should lose all hope. Our attorneys can defend you against prescription drug charges. As with all charges brought against you, the sooner you are able to speak with an attorney the better chance you have of obtaining a favorable outcome. If you are looking to aggressively fight these accusations, please contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
If you feel that a loved one is abusing prescription drugs, please remember that there are resources that can help them get on the road to recovery. The current opioid crisis in this country is alarming and anyone can develop an addiction. If you are looking to speak with someone please reach out to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
As human beings there are times we unintentionally lose our temper. It may be that we are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or just in the heat of the moment, and we do something we may regret. In these times when control is lost, if you put your hands around another individual’s neck and impede airflow, no matter how hard or soft the pressure, you could be found guilty of a Class H Felony in Columbia County, Wisconsin.
As with many crimes in Wisconsin, there are often enhancers when accused of strangulation. Depending on what the other enhancers are, such as a domestic or weapon enhancer, the charges brought against an individual become more serious depending on the circumstances surrounding the situation.
If you find yourself in a situation where you are accused of strangulation on its own, or with enhancers, you need an attorney. In cases of strangulation, the situation is often a he said / she said, or a misunderstanding. The longer you wait to hire representation, the longer you are waiting to start defending yourself. If the state has started to build a case against you, then why would you wait to start your defense?
Whether you are a resident of Columbia County, a surrounding area, or visiting from out of state, fighting accusations of strangulation and possible other enhancers is a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly. Our attorneys know that there are two sides to every story and we will fight to get the facts. If you want to talk to an attorney who believes in the rights of the accused, we will be here for you. Call us today at 608-254-9589 or contact us online.
Do you know what will happen if you are ordered to appear before a judge and fail to show?
In Sauk County, failing to appear before a judge does not necessarily mean the police will show up at your home or workplace, but rather, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest and your name will be added to a statewide database with other outstanding warrants. Once your name has been added to the database, if you are pulled over in Sauk County for a traffic violation, a car accident, etc, the officer will be alerted and you’ll be placed in custody for an outstanding warrant. Once arrested and taken into custody, you’ll have to post bail and be assigned a new court date before being allowed to leave.
If you know that there is a warrant out for your arrest, you always have the option to turn yourself in. Turning yourself in when a warrant has been issued, will usually result in having to pay a fine to the county clerk and the warrant being recalled.
Whether or not you intentionally miss a court date or have extenuating circumstances, having an attorney present will greatly benefit your cause and show the judge you are taking the accusations and warrant seriously. The sooner you talk to one of our defense attorneys, the better chance we have of helping you. It is important to talk to a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible. If you are serious about protecting your name, please contact us by telephone at 608-254-9589 or online.
On October 8, police in Oak Creek were dispatched on reports that a car was driving the wrong way down a street, struck a civilian car, and hit a utility pole. According to an article on the Patch, when police arrived on the scene, they arrested a man on “carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, recklessly endangering safety, hit-and-run, and operating while intoxicated with a passenger less than 16 years of age.”
In the state of Wisconsin, all of the charges brought upon the individual are very serious and can result in consequences that could impact the rest of his life. As residents of the state know, Wisconsin is a concealed carry state, the issue as to whether or not he had valid permits for the two weapons found on him and in his vehicle will determine if this charge stands. Unfortunately, for this individual, even if he did have a valid CCW, being accused of an OWI will results in the DOT moving to revoke the suspect’s drivers license.
Although this man is not a client of Southworth and Stamman, there are many key takeaways that others can use to protect their own freedoms if they find themself in a similar situation. Talking to an attorney as soon as possible after being accused, can ensure that there is a case being put together in your defense and the facts are being collected.
We will explore every viable defense strategy, including challenging the stop, the breath and blood tests, the field sobriety test, and other elements of the arrest and investigation. We will defend your rights in the criminal justice system as well as in the administrative process of defending your driver's license, or lifting a suspension or revocation. To speak to one of our attorney’s today, please call 608-254-9589.
Over the past couple of years, Wisconsin, as well as across the United States, we have seen an alarming increase in the number of synthetic marijuana overdoses. In July of this year, there was a reported 102 overdoses in one county alone. With this problem not going away anytime soon and the number of emergency responses increasing, prosecutors are cracking down on individuals accused of possession and the sale of synthetic marijuana.
In the state of Wisconsin, law currently states,
"If a person possesses or attempts to possess a controlled substance specified in s. 961.14 (4) (tb), or a controlled substance analog of a controlled substance specified in s. 961.14 (4) (tb), the person may be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than 6 months or both upon a first conviction and is guilty of a Class I felony for a 2nd or subsequent offense."
If this is the first time you have been accused of possession of synthetic marijuana, the consequences can be just as serious as if this were a subsequent offense and should not be taken lightly.
Any time you are accused of a crime, the sooner you talk to an attorney the better. Getting a case started to protect your freedom and name requires time. If the state is already building a case against you, you should be working to defend yourself. To arrange your free initial consultation, please contact our law offices online or by telephone at 608-254-9589.
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