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Criminalizing first-time OWI in Wisconsin has a high price tag

Summer is still in swing in Wisconsin, and we still have several weeks before Labor Day weekend officially ends the summer season. That means there is still time for cook-outs, days at the lake and festivals. Alcohol is served at many of these events, and most people drink responsibly.

Still, there are times when a motorist will be pulled over, given a breath test, and then be issued a citation for operating under the influence. It is important to note that Wisconsin is the only state in the U.S. where a first-time OWI is not a criminal offense. However, a proposal is being made that would change that.

When injured on the job, can you see your own doctor?

Sometimes, the anxiety of having been injured on the job can be as uncomfortable the physical pain. You may worry you’ll lose your job or get cheated out of rights or money you’re owed, or you may just feel embarrassed.

Let’s make it a bit easier right away. Yes, you can choose which doctor you go to. Granted, there are some important exceptions and conditions you’ll need to remember.

Wisconsin teens at risk for summer job injuries

Whether they are flipping burgers, checking out groceries or working at a beach or pool, having a summer job is a right of passage for many teenagers in Wisconsin. However, just like adults, teens can be injured on-the-job. The following are some common workplace injuries teens may face.

Teens working in retail or grocery stores may be injured by equipment and machinery. They may injure themselves by lifting something that is too heavy. They may also suffer repetitive hand motions. Slippery floors could also cause teens to injure themselves if they slip and fall.

U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on DWI blood draw case

A Wisconsin case regarding blood draws from suspected drunk drivers that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court has recent been ruled on. The Fourth Amendment generally mandates that officers who want to have a motorist's blood drawn must receive a warrant first.

However, the Court ruled that officers can have blood drawn from an unconscious motorist to determine if the motorist is drunk, even if the officer does not have a warrant.

What types of expenses are covered by workers' comp?

Maintaining a job is important for residents in Wisconsin. Most cannot pay their bills without a steady income. Thus, when one becomes injured or is diagnosed with a medical condition, this can make work problematic. If an employee is unable to complete their work or do the work they could do prior to the injury or illness, it could prove to be financially problematic.

The inability to work due to an injury is a possibility for any worker, no matter the type of industry or the type of work. This is why workers' compensation benefits are made available to those eligible for them. Essentially, in order to be covered by workers' compensation insurance, an employee typically must have been injured in connection with their work. In other words, he or she must have been working and carrying out tasks that align with their job.

How do I file a workers' compensation claim?

Work-related injuries can be extremely frustrating. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may have to miss a substantial period of time at work while recovering. This could result in many wage hours lost while your medical bills begin to pile up.

Fortunately, filing a workers’ compensation claim could help relieve some stress. You can receive aid for both your medical bills as well as general living expenses. This can be a rather simple process so long as you follow the necessary procedure and keep a detailed medical record.

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.

 

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