Selling Marijuana versus Paraphernalia in Wisconsin

Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the US. There have been studies that suggest its use is less harmful than that of alcohol and tobacco, which lend to its abuse. According to the website of Kohler Hart Powell, SC, 44% of all drug related crimes have to do with marijuana. Possessing drug paraphernalia, with or without intent to sell, is always a misdemeanor and has less severe consequences. Possession with intent to sell, or being caught selling the drug, is always a felony and has severe consequences. These cases affect a lot of lives every year, so it is important to be familiar with them and to know how to act.

Paraphernalia is defined as being any equipment, product, or material that can be used to make, use, or conceal drugs. This can include common household items such as plastic bags, spoons, measuring bowls and cups, and envelopes. However, charges are most often made against the possession of bongs. Possession of these items is always a misdemeanor in Wisconsin, but can still carry imprisonment time from 30 days to 9 months and fines from $500 to $10,000.

Selling marijuana, or having the intention to sell, is a serious offense in Wisconsin. The penalties vary based on the amount in possession. Penalties start at possessing 200 grams with a penalty of up to 3.5 years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines and go up to possessing more than 10,000 grams with a penalty of up to 15 years imprisonment and up to $50,000 in fines. Even just being accused of intent to sell can lead to your driver’s license being suspended for up to 5 years. The possession of hash is treated identically to the possession of marijuana.

Whether you have been accused of the possession of paraphernalia or with the intent to sell the drug, the consequences can be serious and negatively affect your life and job outlook in the future.

Expunction for an Arrest

Criminal law is a funny thing, except that it is not really a laughing matter. A criminal record has a bad-penny way of cropping up to mess up a person’s life, and in some instances the record isn’t even for a conviction!

When a person is arrested, it creates an arrest record. That’s fine as far as that goes, but the thing is the arrest record does not go away even when the charges are dropped, dismissed, or not even made at all! There are instances when a person gets arrested for being mistaken for someone else, or for suspicion of doing something criminal but without enough evidence to sustain the arrest.

In such cases, you would think that the records will be automatically deleted or expunged because there was no basis for the arrest. Well, you would be wrong. In order to clear your record of even an arrest, you need to petition for expunction. And that is not as easy as it sounds.

It may seem like a small thing, but as pointed out at many finds that having a criminal record can impact on education, career, or financial opportunities. The presumption is that if you got arrested, although not convicted, there must have been a good reason for it.

To qualify for an expunction, you would have to satisfy a set of criteria and then only can you file what is called an ex parte petition in the county where you were arrested. That means that if you live in Houston but are arrested in Allen, you would have to file it in Collin County. You would have to go to a hearing after the details of the case has been verified, and the order of expunction is sent to the responsible state agency, which will then be required to get back all the files and records of the arrest. A petition for expunction can be appealed by the state. All in all, it’s a lot of work so it would be advisable to retain a criminal defense lawyer to undertake expunction for you.

Social Security Claims Denial

After a close friend of mine suffered a catastrophic, tragic injury in a car wreck, she became a quadriplegic. She lost her ability to work (she was a bartender) and has astronomical medical bills. After going through the arduous process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits, her claim was denied despite her obvious disability and inability to work. It was an incredibly frustrating ordeal, but she appealed the denial and eventually landed her much-needed benefits. Being denied in your initial application for a disability benefit claim can be heartbreaking, but these cases are often appealed in court. Most disability claims often result in denials, and depending on the place where the victim lives (like at San Antonio, Texas) denial rates are nearly 65 percent, with first applications’ denial rate being 85 percent. Although it may not be necessary to have a lawyer when you request an appeal for your denied claim, it would be beneficial since they understand the system and know how to proceed. Generally, denial notices from the Social Security Administration will inform you of important information necessary to help you know how to go about requesting a Social Security appeal.

First, the notice will contain the short explanation of your medical situation, the impairments/medical/non medical records which were all considered, and most especially the reason for the denial of the claim. If these notices did not come with a rationale detailing the reason for the denial, you can ask for them at the Social Security office so that you and your lawyer can review your claim. Some reasons why these claims are denied are because you may seem fit to perform other jobs that you had before the disability or medical explanations about your physical health which can still affect your employment options. Being denied of your Social Security disability claim does not mean you are fit to go to work or you are not disabled. Denials often occur because the Social Security Administration sees lack of medical evidence to support your claims.

Generally, denied disability claims are frequent, they are often appealed and are more prone to having successful results than having to reapply again.

4 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy and Like It

If I know anyone who’s a picky eater, I’d definitely have to say it’s my son. Typically, if something is good for Tommy, he doesn’t want to eat it. Luckily, I’ve stumbled upon ways to get him more excited about and involved in mealtimes. If your kids are picky eaters like mine, try some of these ideas to get them to enjoy eating healthy.

One of the best ways to get a kid to eat something is to let them help you prepare it. Even if they do something as simple as adding a sauce or cracking an egg, that minimal involvement in the process of making a meal is often enough to get them excited about eating it.

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You can also make fruits and veggies, foods that kids are notorious for rejecting, more appealing by adding a slight amount of sugar to them. They say a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, and that holds for veggies as well. Using dipping sauces is also incredibly helpful. Try using salsas or hummus to expose your kids to different kinds of foods and the wonderful world of dips and condiments. As a kid, I absolutely hated carrots, but when my mom offered them up with a little bit of ranch dip, I couldn’t turn them away.

In the same vein as adding condiments to foods they don’t like, you can also add these foods into those that they do. For example, adding onions to a meatloaf or including vegetables in a pasta can get your kids to eat their veggies without even realizing what they’ve done.

Kids are often afraid of new foods, so introduce them slowly. Talk with your kids to find out what they like and why. This can help you decide which foods to try to add to their diet, which can widen their acceptance of other foods, even those they’ve previously rejected.

Remember that some people simply don’t like certain foods, so don’t take it as a defeat when some of these ideas fail. Just know that your child’s tastes may one day change, and they may one day grow to love those healthy foods that they once resisted.

Listeria-Contaminated Meat Recalled

Louisiana meat packing company Manda Fine Meats issued a massive recall of its products yesterday, a first in the company’s 65-year history, after learning that its products may be contaminated with listeria, a bacteria that can have life-threatening effects on humans.

The recall affects over 230 tons of meat, including turkey, pastrami, roast beef, ham, and corned beef. These products were distributed across a huge area that includes Texas, Illinois, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Georgia.

meat recallThe company is offering cash refunds to individuals who bought recalled meats and encourages customers to return the meats to the stores where they were purchased. Potentially affected meats will have a sell-by date on the packaging between May 13, 2013 and July 2, 2013.

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause headaches, muscle aches, confusion, and loss of balance. Infections are most likely to appear in pregnant women or those whose immune systems are compromised.

Remember to keep your eyes open for food recalls, since using contaminated ingredients in your cooking is a recipe for disaster!