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Milwaukee County criminal defense attorney OWI

Being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Wisconsin carries stiff penalties regardless of the situation. However, operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) with a child in the car can incur even harsher penalties. Drunk driving is estimated to cause over one-third of traffic fatalities in Wisconsin. Sadly, many intoxicated driving accident victims are children. Because of this, Wisconsin has instituted enhanced penalties for OWI offenders who have a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle.  

OWI With a Minor Passenger in Wisconsin

The severity of the penalties someone faces for drunk driving varies significantly depending on the driver’s history. First-time OWI offenses usually only result in civil penalties. The offender must pay a fine and cannot drive for a license revocation period of up to nine months. However, if a driver has been charged with OWI in the past and is arrested for a second or subsequent OWI, he or she may face criminal consequences.

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Milwaukee County criminal defense attorney domestic violence

Domestic violence affects the lives of millions of Americas. Whether you have been a victim of domestic violence or abuse or you have been accused of abusing someone, it is important to know about your rights and responsibilities regarding restraining orders. A restraining order is a type of court order called an injunction. For example, this legally enforceable order may prohibit an individual from contacting or coming within a certain distance of you and/or your children.  

Domestic Violence and Abuse

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 10 million men and women are the victims of physical abuse at the hands of a romantic partner every year in the United States. Both males and females can be victims or perpetrators of domestic violence. Physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse can happen to people of all income levels and lifestyles. A restraining order prevents an alleged abuser from continuing to abuse or harass someone. Violating the terms of a restraining order is a misdemeanor offense in Wisconsin, punishable by up to nine months in jail and fines of up to $10,000.

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Milwaukee County criminal defense attorney sexual assault

The state of Wisconsin has instituted harsh punishments for individuals convicted of sexual assault. If you have been charged with sexually assaulting someone, do not take these charges lightly. Depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime, sexual assault is punishable by up to several decades in prison. If you are accused of sexually assaulting a child, you could face a prison sentence of 40-60 years or even life imprisonment. That is why it is imperative that you seek the legal guidance of a skilled criminal defense attorney who can protect your rights and help you avoid a conviction.

Do Not Submit to a Police Interrogation Without Your Attorney Present

Most people are familiar with the phrase “you have the right to remain silent,” but do not know how profound this right actually is. The U.S. Constitution gives you the right to avoid incriminating yourself. This means that you do not have to answer police questions after you have been arrested. Police may use several different tactics during an interrogation. They may even imply that only a guilty person would choose to remain silent and decline questioning. However, the best thing you can do to avoid saying something that will be used against you during future legal proceedings is to say nothing. Calmly ask for your lawyer and refuse to submit to police interrogations until he or she is present.

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Ozaukee County criminal defense attorney

Sometimes, the only thing people know about the criminal justice system is what they have seen in movies and on television. In many of those fictional cases, the offender ends up going to trial, and the defendant’s attorney fights to get him or her free. What most people do not know is that the majority of real-life criminal cases actually do not go to trial. Most of the time, the defense and the prosecution are able to work out some sort of deal for the defendant to plead guilty, who then receives a lesser punishment in exchange for the guilty plea. Similar to a settlement in a civil case, this is called a plea bargain, and it is regularly used in the criminal justice system. 

What Is a Plea Bargain?

A plea bargain is an agreement that is made between the defendant’s lawyer and the prosecutor to settle a criminal case, rather than taking that case to trial. Most of the time, the plea agreement involves the defendant pleading guilty in order to receive a less severe sentence. There are three main types of plea bargains:

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Walworth County criminal defense attorney

If you made a mistake and are in trouble with the law, you may be feeling overwhelmed, scared, and worried. Depending on the type of crime you have been accused of committing, you may be facing expensive fines and even years behind bars in some cases. Having an attorney by your side throughout the criminal proceedings is important and crucial to a successful outcome. The importance of obtaining legal representation is even written in our constitution. We have a constitutional right to be appointed an attorney if we cannot afford a private lawyer. So how do criminal defense attorneys actually help defendants?

Benefits of Legal Counsel

When you are accused of committing a crime, representation by an attorney is extremely important. There are certain things that a lawyer knows how to do that could protect you if you have been accused of any offense. Lawyers also have extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system, which can help secure a favorable verdict. Here are a few ways that criminal defense attorneys help protect their clients’ rights:

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