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Suppressing evidence collected during a field sobriety test

 Posted on January 18, 2017 in DUI/OWI

For most motorists in Wisconsin, being stopped by a police officer is both a serious and unnerving event. While traffic violations are considered minor, most drivers hate receiving a citation. The same goes for a drunk driving charge. Being accused of drunk driving is more than just a traffic offense. This criminal charge could carry with it serious penalties, as well as personal and professional consequences. Motorists facing a DUI charge will usually need to consider the criminal defense options available to them.

One defense option is to suppress the evidence used against them. When a police officer believes that a driver is under the influence, that officer will seek to gather further evidence to have probable cause to arrest the driver for drunk driving. This is often accomplished through field sobriety tests.

The Standardized Field Sobriety Test, which is endorsed by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, consists of three tests. The first is the horizontal gaze nystagmus. This refers to the involuntary jerking of the eye when it looks to the side. However, this jerking is exaggerated when an individual is impaired by alcohol. The second test is the walk and turn. This tests a driver's ability to complete tasks with divided attention. The final test is the one-leg stand, which tests the suspect's sway, using arms to balance, hopping and placing a foot down while completing this test.

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Who is the drug diversion program in Wisconsin available to?

 Posted on January 13, 2017 in Criminal Defense

Being accused of a drug crime can be very detrimental for residents in Wisconsin. Whether an individuals has a clean record or not, it is likely that even the allegations of a drug crime with tarnish a person's personal and professional reputation. Thus, it is important to consider not only defense opportunities but also alternatives to jail and prison sentences.

Who is the drug diversion program in Wisconsin available to? The Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Program or TAD is a collaborative effort to provide non-violent offenders with multidisciplinary assessments, substance abuse treatment, monitoring, drug testing, supportive and educational services and case management.

In addition to helping offenders reduce their sentences or avoid incarceration, the TAD program has impacted the state of Wisconsin in several ways. First, it has enhanced substance abuse treatment, case management and monitoring of offenders in the state. It has encouraged collaboration between the courts, law enforcement, the department of corrections, treatment providers and community service providers. Lastly, it has created the ability to identify and screen offenders earlier, allowing for increased opportunities to participate in diversion programs.

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3 facts you need to know about a first offense OWI

 Posted on January 10, 2017 in DUI/OWI

You were driving home after a particularly fun night home when you went out of your lane slightly. In this instance, an officer saw you swerve back into your lane and pulled you over. He asked you to take a breath test, and now you've been arrested for operating while intoxicated (OWI).

What is this OWI going to do to you? How will it affect your future? Here are three things to know if you have been arrested for a first offense OWI.

There are administrative penalties

One of the first things you're going to realize after a OWI arrest is that there are administrative penalties in addition to criminal penalties such as fines, probation and the loss of your driving privileges The most serious administrative penalty is losing your license for a year on a first offense if you refused the breath test. Sometimes, you can have the suspension limited, particularly if you need to drive to get to work or school. When it's time to reinstate your license, remember that you have to obtain insurance, and it may increase in price because you received an OWI.

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Helping you assert a strong defense against a drug charge

 Posted on January 06, 2017 in Criminal Defense

Being accused of a drug crime is not something to take lightly. Such an accusation could tarnish an individual's reputation, making it difficult to maintain personal and professional relations in his or her community. Therefore, it is crucial that defendants take steps to protect their rights by developing a strong criminal defense.

At Bucher Law Group, LLC, our experienced legal team is dedicated to helping criminal defendants in the Delafield area invoke their rights and initiate a defense against criminal allegations. Facing drug charges often means harsh penalties such as prison time and hefty fines; therefore, our law firm is prepared to aggressively defend our clients.

Whether you were charged with possession, intent to distribute or drug trafficking, our skilled staff ensures our clients fully understand the charges against them, the applicable laws, the potential consequences and the possible defense routes available. In order to meet the goals of the client and develop a successful defense strategy, it is important that our clients are well informed and on top of their case.

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Will Wisconsin ever alter its stance toward marijuana?

 Posted on December 16, 2016 in Criminal Defense

This past election saw marijuana legalization efforts continue to make significant inroads across the U.S. Indeed, voters in Massachusetts, Nevada, California and Maine opted to legalize the drug for recreational purposes, while voters in North Dakota, Arkansas and Florida opted to legalize the drug for medicinal purposes.

Given that well over half of the states now permit marijuana to be used for either purpose, questions have naturally arisen as to whether Wisconsin will ever follow suit.

While there is one legally recognized exception for patients with seizure disorders, allowing them to possess the non-hallucinogenic chemical cannabidiol, the state has otherwise adopted a rather draconian stance toward marijuana.

Indeed, state law currently classifies it as a schedule I drug, much like the federal government, meaning it is viewed as having a high probability of addiction or abuse, and no recognized medical purpose.

What makes this classification significant is that since schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous, convictions for crimes associated with their manufacture, sale or possession carry the most severe penalties.

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Why misdemeanor battery charges must be taken seriously

 Posted on December 09, 2016 in Criminal Defense

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.

While people might be tempted to dismiss these incidents as simply "boys being boys" or blame it on excessive alcohol consumption, the reality is that the law in Wisconsin takes a dim view of this conduct and expressly dictates that those who engage in it may be charged with misdemeanor battery.

What is misdemeanor battery?

State law defines misdemeanor battery as any action undertaken with the intent to cause bodily harm to another person or absent the consent of the person who suffered the bodily harm. As for bodily harm, this is defined as including any "physical pain or injury, illness, or any impairment of physical condition."

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The basics of a disorderly conduct charge

 Posted on November 30, 2016 in Criminal Defense

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.

Many people who have been charged with disorderly conduct think that it is unfair. Very often, it depends on whether or not you have annoyed a police office. Since disturbing the peace can be difficult to prove and the laws tend to be vague, you should seek the advice of legal counsel with experience in Wisconsin criminal defense procedures.

What is considered disorderly conduct?

In nearly every state, disorderly conduct is described as any conduct that disturbs the peace or endangers the morals, health, or safety of a community. This includes the use of vulgar or obscene language in a public place, loitering, inciting a riot, and even harassing passengers on public transportation.

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4 points you should know about OWI in Wisconsin

 Posted on November 02, 2016 in DUI/OWI

The holiday season is here. That means lots of parties, many of which are going to have alcoholic beverages. If you plan on drinking while you are enjoying the festivities, make sure that you don't drink and drive. If you do drink and drive, there is a pretty good chance that you are going to see the flashing lights of a police car. If that happens, you probably shouldn't panic. Think about these points regarding operating while intoxicated charges in Wisconsin.

You might not be facing jail time

If this is your first OWI, you won't be facing any time in jail unless there are extenuating circumstances in your case. If you had children in your vehicle when you were stopped, you will face more serious penalties. On a first OWI if you had children under 16 in your vehicle, you are facing a minimum of five to six days in jail. If you have had prior OWI convictions, you are facing time in jail or prison. The amount of time depends on how many prior convictions you have, when they occurred, and what circumstances were present when you were stopped.

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