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Helping you assert a defense against a drug charge

The state of Wisconsin takes drug crimes seriously. Thus, when individuals are accused of possessing, selling or trafficking drugs, the punishments are certain to be severe. Those accused are not only facing hefty fines and possible prison time, but that are also facing a criminal record that is sure to follow them. Because the criminal consequences of drug crimes are serious, it is important that those accused of such crimes understand what can be done to protect their rights in their defense against these allegations.

Initiating a criminal defense can be intimidating. This is especially true for those who do not have a record or have had any run ins with the law. At the Mays Law Office, LLC, our attorneys seek to ease this process y ensuring our clients fully understand their situation, their rights and what options they have when it comes to asserting a defense. With regards to drug possession cases, we investigate the matter further. How did these allegations come about, who was involved and what steps were taken?

Boaters can receive a DWI, just like motorists

Wisconsin has many wonderful lakes, and, as the weather heats up, people will be spending more time on the water. Boating can be a relaxing activity, and it is not unusual for people to drink alcohol while on a boat. However, they should be aware that they can receive a DWI for drunk boating just like a person driving an automobile while intoxicated.

Boaters on Lake Michigan this Memorial Day weekend may have noticed the presence of the U.S. Coast Guard. These officials have been keeping an eye out for safety violations on the water, including drunk boating. While it is legal to have an alcoholic beverage on the boat's console, the person operating the boat cannot have a blood-alcohol concentration over the legal limit of 0.08%. Coast Guard members carry breath test instruments on their vessels to ascertain what a boater's BAC is. They are also permitted to administer field sobriety tests.

Hospitals are common sites of workplace injuries

Health care providers in hospitals have an important job and must earn advanced degrees to treat their patients. While such jobs can be rewarding on a personal level, it is important to note that many health care providers in Wisconsin and across the nation suffer injuries on the job. Working in a hospital presents dangers that employers and employees should be aware of.

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overexertion and bodily reaction was the top cause of workplace injuries among hospital workers. This was followed by slips, trips and falls. Coming into contact with objects was the third most prevalent injury, followed by acts of violence. The next most common injury was exposure to substances, while the remaining injuries were attributed to other causes.

Where to go after a domestic abuse arrest

No arrest is convenient or pleasant. This is especially true if you’re arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident. Your home is where you would normally be most comfortable in processing a situation like this. However, Wisconsin law forbids you to have contact with your accuser for 72 hours after your arrest and that can include your home.

 

We protect Wisconsinites who have been injured on the job

No one anticipates being injured at work on any given day. Of course, some jobs in Wisconsin are more dangerous than others. For example, it is easy to see how those working in the agricultural, construction or manufacturing industries could be injured on the job. However, even those who work in an office environment could suffer an on-the-job injury that prevents them from working. When this happens, workers may want to pursue workers' compensation benefits.

The first step in applying for workers' comp is reporting the injury to your employer. Your employer may then provide you with all the forms you need to submit a claim for benefits. It is important to document all your injuries as well as treatment for those injuries as thoroughly as possible.

What offenses are considered computer crimes in Wisconsin?

Computer technology has come a long way over the decades. However, with the rise of computers and the Internet came various computer crimes. Many computer crimes are considered white-collar crimes. Those who violate laws regarding computer crimes could face serious penalties.

Hacking is a computer crime that many people in Wisconsin may already be familiar with. Other types of computer crimes include: improperly accessing a network; improperly copying, modifying, damaging or using data; introducing a virus into a network; interfering with someone else's access to a computer; and more. However, to be criminally charged with a computer crime, a person must have acted willfully and knowingly. Unintentional actions are not subject to prosecution.

Some workplace environments are more dangerous than others

It is understandable that some workplaces in Wisconsin are more dangerous than others. For example, those who work with heavy machinery or at great heights could see more workplace fatalities than those who work in an office. However, it is important to recognize that any workplace environment could present hazards that could ultimately lead to fatalities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report of the number of worker deaths suffered in U.S. workplaces in 2016 and found that the number rose seven percent from the year before. This is the third year in a row that workplace fatalities have increased across the nation. The BLS noted which types of jobs saw the most fatalities.

Does Dane County offer alternative drug courts?

The state of Wisconsin recognizes that sometimes there are underlying issues that cause a person to commit a criminal offense, such as drug addiction. Problem-solving courts, including drug courts, address these issues in a way that treats the offender, while still holding them responsible for the drug offense they committed. Dane County has drug courts that may be an alternative for some drug offenders.

The Dane County Drug Courts provide alternatives in prosecuting and sentencing individuals with substance abuse issues. Those in Dane County who are accused of committing a non-violent felony crime driven by drugs, and who present a medium to high risk of committing another such offense in the future, may be referred to the Dane County Drug Courts.

The 'Fatal Four' workplace injuries in the construction industry

While it may still seem like we are still on the tail end of winter, spring will soon be coming around the corner, and, in Wisconsin, this means many construction projects will begin. It should come as no surprise that work performed in the construction industry can be dangerous. The following are some statistics regarding common workplace injuries.

According to the U.S. Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in 2017, 20.7 percent of all workplace fatalities in the private industry took place in the construction industry. Not including highway collisions, the most common fatal injuries in the construction industry include falls, being hit by an object, being electrocuted and being caught in or between machinery. OSHA refers to these injuries as the "Fatal Four" and they comprised almost 60 percent of all construction worker fatalities in 2017.

License suspension may not resolve unpaid traffic tickets

Sometimes, when a person in Wisconsin commits a traffic offense, they are ordered to pay a fine. If they fail to do so, their driver's license may be suspended. While some might think this is a reasonable measure to provide an impetus for people to pay their traffic tickets on time, it is actually causing problems, according to a report published in the Racine Journal Times.

According to that report, almost 60 percent of license suspensions in the state were issued because the motorist failed to pay a fine. In fact, a 2013 study indicated that 250,000 driver's license suspensions were based on the non-payment of fines, compared to a total of 170,000 driver's license suspensions issued on all other bases combined.

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