As a pervious post highlighted, children and young adults in Wisconsin could be charged with a juvenile crime, facing serious consequences through the juvenile court system. While juveniles tried as juveniles face less harsh penalties when compared to their adult counterparts, this only occurs if the alleged offender is deemed a juvenile delinquent and will remain in the juvenile system.
Residents of all ages in Wisconsin can be accused of a crime. That means even individuals deemed children could face criminal allegations. While it is a serious situation to be charged with a crime, it is important to understand the difference between the juvenile justice system versus the criminal system adults are sent through. Additionally, it is crucial to be aware what could cause a child to be tried as an adult and have his or her case transferred to into the adult system.
Most people never anticipate having a brush with the law, so when they do, it can be hard to cope with. It sometimes feels as if things are going too far too fast and that an accused person might never have a chance to tell their side of the story regarding a criminal charge. Often, people facing assault charges or battery charges feel this way. This blog post will provide a quick summary of the crime of battery in Wisconsin.
Given the danger of drivers who are under the influence, Wisconsin law enforcement will take steps to try to reduce the number of drivers who get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs by making traffic stops and, if necessary, making an arrest on a DUI charge. Drivers who are arrested on these charges need to understand the necessity of a strong criminal defense. Law enforcement officials know the signs of an impaired driver, but there are times when the circumstances of an arrest are unusual.
It's a scenario that plays out all too often at bars, nightclubs and parties, one person is somehow offended at the actions of another, words are exchanged and the situation rapidly devolves into a physical altercation, leaving one, or both, parties with minor injuries.
In general, all states have laws on the books that address public peace and safety. These statutes, typically known as disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace laws are in place to regulate behavior that a reasonable person would consider to be disruptive or excessively offensive.