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December 2014 Archives

Drug crimes involving Oxycontin may carry a greater penalty

All prescription drug convictions can impact a person's life in a big way, but a conviction for the possession or distribution of Oxycontin can be devastating. Oxycontin is a Schedule II drug, which means anyone convicted of distributing or even possessing this substance illegally may discover he or she is in more trouble than first believed. Making matters even worse in some cases, the amount of the drug in possession can increase the penalties associated with the charges.

What you should know about domestic violence in Wisconsin

Domestic violence is a term used to describe a crime that is committed by one household member or family member against another. Although it is usually thought of as a crime that occurs between married couples, it generally actually applies to any type of partner relationship whether the individuals are straight or gay, or even if the partners are simply dating. Child abuse by a family member can also be classified as a type of domestic violence.

Wisconsin man indicted on federal charges for racketeering

A 42-year-old man from Fort Lauderdale who ran a "tout service" for gamblers is facing charges after a federal grand jury in Milwaukee chose to indict him on six counts that included racketeering, extortion, gun charges and federal fraud. The charges against the man stemmed from an incident that began back in 2012, when a client of the man decided to reduce the amount of his gambling activity and told the man that he would not be using him to pick as many of his bets.

What is the Internet crime of cyberstalking?

The Department of Justice defines stalking as a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, contact, harassment, or any other course of conduct targeted toward a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Before the Internet, stalkers were known to show up at a person's home or work uninvited and usually unannounced. Today, stalkers are more likely to follow their prey online in a practice known as cyberstalking.

Racine man sentenced to prison for sexual assault of teenage girl

A 19-year-old Racine man is facing ten years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of second degree sexual assault and one count of false imprisonment. The man was initially charged back in January with one count each of false imprisonment and suffocation and strangulation, along with three counts of second degree sexual assault.

Extortion versus blackmail

If you are a fan of some of the cop shows on television, then you know that the terms "blackmail" and "extortion" are sometimes used interchangeably. In reality, however, although they are somewhat similar in nature, extortion and blackmail are actually two very different types of crime.

Wisconsin woman faces drug charges after overdose in home

A 31-year-old woman from Manitowoc is facing drug charges after a 28-year-old man reportedly died from heroin toxicity while he was present in her home. The charges against the woman include two misdemeanor charges for obstructing an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as a felony charge of maintaining a drug trafficking place.

What is indecent exposure?

Indecent exposure is typically considered a misdemeanor that falls under Wisconsin's definition of lewd and lascivious behavior. Indecent exposure is looked at as the intentional exposure of a male or female's private parts in public. The law generally defines private parts as a female's breasts, male's and female's genitals, or male's and female's buttocks. It also defines public places as areas outside the home, such as retail establishments, parks or outdoor areas where people may gather.

Wisconsin mother faces jail time for sex acts involving son

A Milwaukee County Circuit judge has sentenced a 25-year-old Wisconsin woman to seven years in prison for possession of underage pornography. The charges against the woman stemmed from a series of incidents in which the woman allegedly engaged in sexual acts with her toddler son.

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