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Category: Drug Cases

4th Amendment Update with Kansas v. Glover?

Registered owner of the vehicle is revoked.  Can police pull me over? There is a case pending in the United States Supreme Court that will have a huge impact on drivers throughout the country.  Kansas v. Glover will address whether police can pull over a car solely because the registered owner of the car has...CONTINUE READING

Marijuana Smell in my Car

Did you know that if a police officer detects the smell of marijuana in your car during a traffic stop, he can search your car?  So long as marijuana remains illegal in Wisconsin, police can search your car based on the smell alone.  This post looks at car searches based on the smell of marijuana….

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Is vaping a crime? What is it?

What is vaping? Vaping a legal substance certainly isn’t a crime.  Further, many proponents of vaping indicate that it’s relatively safe. According to the Center on Addiction: Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used…

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What’s the impact of an OWI on my CDL?

What are the penalties? The State of Wisconsin determined that individuals with commercial driver licenses must abide by stricter safety standards.  Importantly, CDLs are required to operate vehicles over 26,000 pounds, vehicles carrying hazardous materials, and vehicles that transport more than 16 passengers.  Certainly, truck drivers, bus drivers, and other professional large vehicle operators all…

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Boating under the influence

There’s an injury.  What now? Section 30.681(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes prohibits causing injury while under the influence of an intoxicant: No person while under the influence of an intoxicant to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safe motorboat operation may cause injury to another person by the operation of a motorboat….

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What is a drug recognition expert (DRE)?

And how do they impact my OWI case? Operating while intoxicated is a crime in Wisconsin.  If you're accused of OWI, the government alleged you were operating a vehicle while intoxicated.  While most OWI cases involve drunk driving, this blog post focuses on drug recognition experts and drugged driving cases.  How does an officer qualify...CONTINUE READING

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement

Meyer Van Severen, S.C. defends individuals accused of DWI and OWI throughout Wisconsin If you're charged with operating while intoxicated in Wisconsin, you may have encountered a law enforcement enforcement officer who has completed the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program.  The purpose of the ARIDE program, per the National Highway Traffic Safety Association...CONTINUE READING

Understanding the penalty net for a DUI offense in Wisconsin

The State of Wisconsin strictly prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is evidently clear from the strict laws and penalties for DUI offenses in Wisconsin. The prohibition includes anyone who operates or drives a vehicle: With a prohibited BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) of 0.08 percent Under the influence of any substance…

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Will I be arrested for possessing drugs if I’m an addict, and I call 911 on my abuser?

What happens when a drug addict calls 911 on her abuser? Criminal defense attorney Ben Van Severen regularly answers questions for individuals seeking legal help on AVVO.com.  In a recent question, one individual wanted to know what would happen to her if she, a drug addict, called police after being abused by her partner. Will…

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Drug Crimes: What are the differences? What is a schedule I drug?

What’s the difference between possession, possession with intent to deliver, and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance? Possession of a controlled substance is illegal in Wisconsin.  But what happens when you possess a lot of that substance?  What happens when you possess that substance, but it’s broken up into small bags?  Or you have a lot…

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