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What you need to know about swatting

Last December, a tragic incident made national news when a man made a fake phone call to authorities, claiming to be another man and saying he shot his father and had family members held hostage. Police took the call seriously and showed up at the second man’s home, fatally shooting him when they mistakenly believed he reached for a firearm. This is a prank known as swatting, and it is important for you and other Wisconsin residents to understand the potential consequences of making a false report to authorities.

Wisconsin’s cyberstalking laws

Nowadays, many people are more dependent than ever on electronic communications. If you are among them, a time may come when you fear you have said or posted something you should not have, or otherwise gone too far in your online communications. Maybe you went through a bad breakup, and you find yourself lashing out online as you struggle to adjust to life on your own, or maybe you and a friend had a falling out, and you are dealing with the aftermath through electronic channels.

Why witnesses can be helpful--and problematic

When prosecutors and defense attorneys try a case, one of their top considerations is which witnesses to bring to the stand. Of course, some witness choices are more necessary and obvious than others. For example, if the charge in question is vehicular homicide, then a witness who claims to have seen the incident could be a must-have for the stand and can help prosecutors get a conviction.

Violating workplace computer policy can lead to criminal charges

If you work in an office environment in the Milwaukee area, chances are your employer has policies on what you can and cannot do on the computer. Many people tend to ignore or forget those stipulations once they have been on the job for a while. The internet offers most individuals a sense of privacy and anonymity. This may lead you to believe you can post and do anything you want online. However, if you fall prey to that sense of security, you could end up facing criminal charges for a computer crime

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