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Heroin use and sale criminal classifications

Many popular shows on television these days glamorize the drug trade by depicting it as an adventure filled lifestyle that could bring around a lot of money very quickly. It also paints the picture that the legal and social attitude toward recreational drug use such as heroin is lenient, but this is far from the truth. In Wisconsin, heroin use and possession remains illegal. In fact, it is a schedule I drug, which means it is against the law to be in possession of even a small amount of the drug.

Both federal and state law regulates heroin possession and use. That means that penalties can be very strict, including both prison time and heavy fines. In Wisconsin, possession is considered a Class I felony. The sale of heroin is classified depending on the amount that is being sold. If the amount being sold is less than three grams, it is considered a Class F felony and if it is over 50 grams it is considered a Class C felony. The penalties double if the sale is made to minors and, if the sale is within 1,000 feet of a school, the penalties become harsher.

Unsure if your circumstance counts for workers' comp? Read this.

If you have been injured at work or during a work-related event, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim to cover expenses related to medical treatment, lost wages and more while you recover.

But, if your injury occurred in a unique “work-related event,” such as while driving to work, you may wonder what exactly constitutes a claim. Here are a few circumstances that may be exempt from workers' compensation under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.

Differences between misdemeanors and felonies

Wisconsin residents may wave off criminal charges that do not sound serious without realizing how it can stay on their record and come back to haunt them at different stages of their life. Understanding the different categories of criminal charges can help someone being accused of them grasp how the court is going to treat them and how seriously they should be treated.

Generally, the categories differ from one another in how much jail time could be meted out. As mentioned in last week's post, a traffic ticket could be considered an infraction. This is generally the least serious of the crimes one could be charged with and if dealt with timely, the person who received the ticket just has to pay a fine. Though generally they can be resolved with little to no court time and no jail time at all, if left unaddressed the penalties can become steep.

How many demerit points are given for speeding in Wisconsin?

Being convicted of speeding has many consequences here in Wisconsin. One is that demerit points will be put on one’s record.

What impacts do demerit points have? Well, the big ramification is that getting too many of them can lead to a temporary loss of driver’s license. A license suspension is typically issued if a person has acquired 12 or more points within the last 12 months.

Does fault matter for workers’ compensation in Wisconsin?

If you work in Wisconsin, you are likely covered under the state’s workers’ compensation system. Wisconsin's workers' comp laws apply to a vast majority of the workers in the state. Under this system, individuals who are injured at work can receive a variety of benefits to help them with their recovery.

If you suffer an injury at work, you probably have many questions, such as: Does benefit eligibility depend on who was at fault for the workplace accident?

Filing A Workers Comp Claim? Don't Make These Mistakes...

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that 3 million nonfatal workplace accidents occurred in 2012. That adds up to 3.5 injured workers out of every 100 full-time workers. With these statistics in mind, it's easy to understand just how many workers need to file claims for workers compensation. Yet the process of filing workers comp claims can be difficult for those who have never had to do it before, but with the help of a reliable work comp attorney, you can be well on your way to receiving the workers comp settlement you deserve. However, in order to give your claim the best possible chance of success, there are some steps that you must take on your own. To that end, here are just a few mistakes to avoid when filing a workers compensation claim.

Filing A Claim For Workers Compensation? Here Are 3 Tips For Winning Your Case

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Don't Be Fooled -- Here Are The 2 Biggest Myths Surrounding Workers Comp Cases

workerscompensationlaws-300x200.jpgIt's no secret that navigating through the complexities of workers compensation laws can be incredibly difficult. Without the help of a qualified workers comp attorney, it can be almost impossible to get what you deserve. But before you pursue your case, it's important to know the facts. Here are the two biggest myths and misconceptions surrounding workers compensation claims. 

New To Workers' Compensation Claims? Here's A Quick FAQ To Help You Get Started

topratedworkerscompattorneys-300x200.jpgWhen it comes to getting injured in the workplace, many people express confusion and frustration at the tedious process that comes along with opening a workers' compensation claim. However, this is usually because they don't fully understand the process. Filing for workers' compensation does require some background knowledge, and it's important to be able to navigate through your case should you ever get hurt on the job. Here's a quick FAQ regarding workers' compensation cases. 

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