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Patterns of prescription drug use and abuse

Some of the same drugs that have helped improve and save the lives of Milwaukee residents are the reasons some Wisconsin residents are in prison. Many people associate drug trafficking and related crimes with "street drugs" like heroin and cocaine -- substances labeled as clearly harmful with no medical benefit to users. Prescription drugs don't have the same stigma as these substances but, when abused, can be every bit as dangerous to a person's wellbeing.

Federal and state variances on controlled substances

It is likely that many Milwaukee adults have used substances the federal government considers illegal. That's not a criticism of the habits of Wisconsin residents. Many medications doctors prescribe for legitimate health reasons are listed on the same Controlled Substance Schedules as drugs no one is permitted to manufacture, distribute or use -- like heroin.

What happens when someone is accused of a federal crime?

Federal courts are reserved for defendants accused of federal crimes. Investigations into alleged crimes are conducted by one or more U.S. government agencies, depending upon an agency's area of expertise. For example, the Internal Revenue Service may be involved in a white collar crime investigation specifically to address a tax fraud issue.

Drug court as an alternative for Milwaukee defendants

Some drug defendants qualify for court-sponsored programs that can help them get treatment for substance abuse and avoid incarceration. Local and state governments reap benefits with less crowded jails and fewer repeat offenders. Study results published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2013 showed a recidivism rate decline of up to 26 percent among drug court participants over 10 years.

What does a plea bargain mean in relation to drug crimes?

If this is the first time you have faced criminal drug charges, you are likely hearing a lot of terminology you might not understand. Asking questions is a great idea and can help you prepare for your journey through the legal system. The answers you receive to your questions can also help you make the right decisions for your unique situation.

What can I expect when facing vehicular homicide charges?

An accident that in some way leads to a death is one of the most serious charges a person could face. This is a federal crime and is often referred to as vehicular homicide, OWI homicide or homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

What does it mean to maintain a drug house in Wisconsin?

Many people facing allegations of drug crimes may hear the term "drug house" or "maintaining a drug house" bandied about in relation to their charges. In Wisconsin, the legislature addresses the use of drug houses within its general statutes that revolve around drug crimes.

Health care professionals and drug crimes

Those who work in the medical profession experience high stress on nearly a daily basis. They also have access to highly addictive drugs like pain medication or benzodiazepines for panic and depressive disorders. Occasionally, these two factors mixed together can be a recipe for disaster both professionally and personally for those employed in the health care industry.

Fighting Wisconsin domestic violence charges

America is well-known for its passionate personal relationships. Most citizens of Milwaukee and the rest of the nation would not want to trade away this passion for anything, but sometimes our emotional involvement can get the best of us. This can happen in a number of ways as listed below.

What are the penalties for federal drug trafficking?

Drug trafficking is one of the world's most complex crimes, often resulting in a myriad of charges on both a state and federal level. The type of drugs involved, the targeted geographic distribution area and the amount are just a few of the factors the authorities take into account when handing down a sentence for trafficking convictions.

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