What You Should Know About Gov. Walker’s New Opioid Bills

criminal defense
opiods

Opioid addiction is a tremendous problem not just in Wisconsin, but in the entire United States. It was recently revealed that, in an attempt to fight this deadly addiction, Governor Scott Walker had planned to sign 11 new bills. This is important to citizens of Wisconsin in a number of ways, especially considering the increasing…

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When Does a Juvenile Offender Become an Adult Offender?

criminal defense
Juvenile or Adult Offender

In Wisconsin, there are two primary ways that a juvenile can be charged as an adult in state criminal court. The first is known as the “discretionary waiver.” For certain offenses, either party (the juvenile or the State) can file a petition or the juvenile court can initiate a proceeding to “waive” jurisdiction so that…

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Potential Defenses to Drug Possession Charges in Wisconsin

criminal defense
drug possession defenses

In Wisconsin, drug crimes carry severe penalties. Even a first-time offense of simple marijuana possession can lead to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine (plus court costs and other financial consequences), while felony offenses such as possession with intent to distribute can carry up to a 40-year prison sentence and $100,000 in fines….

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Five Common Juvenile Crimes Committed During Summer Break

criminal defense
two juveniles after crime

Although government data show that juvenile arrests have declined dramatically in recent years, the risk of facing criminal penalties and life-changing practical consequences due to a conviction remains a very real concern for teenagers who make the mistake of violating the law. While summer break is a time to recuperate from a busy school year…

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Could Someone Go to Jail for Selling “Illegal” Butter?

criminal defense
jail

If you have noticed the Kerrygold brand of butter missing from your local grocery store’s shelves, you are not alone. As recently reported by Fox News, state regulators have forced the Irish butter maker out by asserting that the company’s product violates a law from the 1970s which only permits “Grade A” dairy products to…

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The Differences Between Murder and Homicide Charges

criminal defense
murder or homicide

As with certain other provisions of Wisconsin’s criminal code, the ways in which Wisconsin law defines homicide charges are somewhat unique. Specifically, technically speaking, there is no crime of “murder” in Wisconsin (aside from felony murder, which is discussed below). Instead, the offense commonly referred to as murder in other states is classified as “intentional…

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Can a Person Be Convicted Without Evidence?

criminal defense
convicted without evidence

Can a person be convicted without evidence? The simple answer is, “no.” You cannot be convicted of a crime without evidence. You cannot be convicted of a state crime. You cannot be convicted of a federal crime. If there is no evidence against you, under the law, it simply is not possible for the prosecutor’s…

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How Do I Know if There is a Warrant for My Arrest?

criminal defense
arrest warrant

If you are concerned that there might be a warrant out for your arrest, it is imperative that you find out and take control of your situation. Turning yourself in under appropriate conditions (or having the warrant quashed) will usually lead to a far better resolution than being arrested with an outstanding warrant, and the…

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