The state senate recently approved bills to address carjackings and drug abuse in the state. Senate Bill 58 would create a specific felony of carjacking which could result in up to 15 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines. In 2016, there were 464 carjackings in Milwaukee and 512 in 2015. Lawmakers are hoping that increasing the consequences for the crime will deter teens from engaging in what has become a “badge of honor” for some.
Milwaukee and Waukesha Car Theft
The proposal doesn’t stop there, however. For kids who abscond with vacant cars for a real life game of Grand Theft Auto, increased penalties would include up to $25,000 in fines or up to 12 years and 6 months in prison. The practice of “car-hopping,” which involves walking neighborhood streets and parking lots, testing door handles to find an unlocked car with a key inside has become a growing problem across the nation. Kids seeking a thrill – driving fast and showing off to friends on social media – typically do not grasp the seriousness of the offense or the danger inexperienced drivers present to the community or themselves.
Drug Charges in Overdose Situations
To tackle the widespread problem of drug addiction, and encourage the reporting of overdoses, Special Session Assembly Bill 3 would provide those who overdose on drugs with protections from prosecution if they seek treatment. In addition, Special Assembly Bill 5, would extend the state’s voluntary and involuntary commitment programs for alcoholics to include habitual drug users all in an effort to get users the help they need.
Waukesha Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer
Young adults and minors can sometimes make poor choices that can have grave consequences. If your family member has been charged with a crime, it is important to get legal help immediately. Contact the Waukesha Wisconsin juvenile criminal defense lawyers of Andrew C. Ladd LLC for assistance today if you or a family member is being investigated or has been arrested and charged with a crime at 262-542-3900.