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Can My Child Avoid Juvenile Detention By Entering a Diversion Program?

 Posted on February 15, 2023 in Criminal Defense

IL defense lawyerAs adults with children, we often look back on our own childhoods with amazement and perhaps a little horror. The risks of many of the behaviors we engaged in seem much more clear in hindsight, and we often hope that by raising our children right, we can help them avoid the same mistakes we made.

Unfortunately, every generation tends to make mistakes for the same reason: Until we reach adulthood, our prefrontal cortex (the part of our brain involved in decision-making and long-term planning) has yet to develop fully. This means young people make decisions using a different part of the brain known as the amygdala. The amygdala is more involved in regulating emotions, and depending on it for decision-making can lead to impulsive behaviors, participation in high-risk activities, and a sincere lack of the ability to think about the consequences of a particular action.

It is unsurprising, then, that good kids - especially boys - often make foolish and even illegal decisions when they are young. And while they still need to learn a lesson and make restitution for any wrongs they commit, a juvenile diversion program can be a great way to help them learn from their mistakes while avoiding serious juvenile or adult criminal penalties for their actions.

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Can I Go to Jail if I Do Not Pay a Wisconsin Parking Ticket?

 Posted on February 08, 2023 in Criminal Defense

WI defense lawyerNearly everybody gets a parking ticket at some point in their life. While traffic violation tickets are a hassle and often quite expensive, they require the recipient’s urgent attention, either by paying or contesting them right away. Failing to address a parking ticket or ticket for any other traffic violation can lead to increased fines for the original ticket, license suspension, getting a boot on your car, and even more serious criminal consequences, like potential jail time. If you have an unpaid parking ticket and you are trying to decide what to do, read on.

Should I Fight a Parking or Traffic Ticket?

Many people do choose to fight their parking or traffic tickets, whether because they do not believe they committed the act they were cited for or because they believe they simply have good odds of beating the ticket in court. If you decide to try to fight your ticket, you need to appear in traffic court before the ticket’s due date and tell the judge you plan on not pleading guilty (paying the ticket implies a guilty plea). The judge will then schedule a trial, during which the government will need to prove you are guilty of the violation.

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The Consequences of Violating Probation in Wisconsin

 Posted on January 30, 2023 in Criminal Defense

Ozaukee County, WI criminal defense lawyerProbation is a form of court-ordered supervision that allows individuals to serve their sentences outside of jail or prison. It's a privilege and an opportunity for the offender to prove that they can live a law-abiding life and reform themselves. However, it is important for individuals on probation to understand the legal process and consequences of violating probation in Wisconsin.

Understanding Probation in Wisconsin

Probation is a court-ordered supervision period, which is granted instead of a prison sentence or in addition to a shorter sentence. The conditions of probation can vary, but they often include regular check-ins with a probation officer, drug testing, and community service. The Department of Corrections supervises probation, and failure to comply with the conditions can result in revocation and incarceration.

Types of Probation Violations

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Understanding The Consequences of Repeat Traffic Violations in Wisconsin

 Posted on January 20, 2023 in Criminal Defense

Delafield, Wisconsin traffic ticket lawyerRepeat traffic violations come with serious consequences in Wisconsin, but there are ways to defend against the charges and reduce the risk of costly penalties. In this blog, we are going to discuss the consequences of repeat traffic violations, their impact on drivers, and potential defenses for those faced with multiple charges. 

By understanding the laws and seeking legal help when necessary, drivers can protect their rights and minimize their chances of facing severe penalties.  

Consequences of Repeat Traffic Violations

Wisconsin has strict repeat offender laws designed to deter drivers from repeatedly breaking traffic laws. These laws consider the number of previous violations and the severity of the offense when determining the consequences. Repeat offenders with multiple serious violations, such as drunk driving or hit-and-run accidents, can face even harsher penalties. You can be fined and have your license suspended for up to three years. Moreover, you could face jail time for repeat offenses. 

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What to Know About Refusing a Breathalyzer Test in Wisconsin

 Posted on January 16, 2023 in DUI/OWI

Waukesha OWI defense lawyerIt is a nightmare scenario for most people: getting pulled over after having several drinks. Suddenly, you see the flashing lights in your rearview mirror, and your stomach drops. You think, “What should I do if the police officer asks me if I have been drinking? Or worse, to take a breathalyzer test?” There are essential things to know if you are ever in this situation.

You may be surprised to learn that you have more rights than you think. However, you will need to proceed with caution because anything you say or do could be used in building a DUI case against you. So let us look at some of the relevant details before you decide whether to take or refuse a breathalyzer test. 

What Does the Law Say?

In Wisconsin, there is something called “implied consent” to testing for blood-alcohol-concentration (BAC) for simply driving a car on a highway or street in Wisconsin. Accordingly, you consent to chemical testing when an officer in a particular situation requests you or when you are required to do so.

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What To Do If You Receive A Traffic Ticket In Wisconsin

 Posted on January 03, 2023 in DUI/OWI

Jefferson County, WI traffic violation lawyerReceiving a traffic ticket can be a stressful and intimidating experience. It is important to understand your options and rights so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed. Knowing what steps to take when you experience a traffic law violation can make all the difference.

Steps To Take Immediately After Receiving A Traffic Ticket

Remain calm and gather all necessary documentation. This includes the traffic ticket itself and any proof of insurance you may have.

Determine the deadline for responding to the ticket. This information should be provided on the ticket itself. It is important to respond by the deadline in order to avoid additional penalties or consequences.

Consider consulting with an attorney who can help you navigate the process more efficiently. They know the law and can advise you on the best course of action.

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What Are the Penalties for Getting an OWI with a Child in the Car?

 Posted on December 29, 2022 in DUI/OWI

WI defense lawyerBecause of the number of serious and fatal car crashes that occur when people drive drunk, Wisconsin takes cases of operating while intoxicated (OWI) very seriously. The penalties imposed by the state can be very harsh and with this one mistake, you may jeopardize your future in numerous ways.

Getting an OWI with a minor in the car leads to even more serious consequences (although it is important to note that, for OWI purposes, a minor is someone under 16, not 18, years old). If you are facing charges of an OWI with a child in your vehicle, get help right away from a Wisconsin criminal defense attorney.

Will I Go to Jail for Getting an OWI with a Minor in the Car?

This depends on a number of factors; while most first-time OWI convictions are civil cases, having a minor in your vehicle can be charged as a criminal offense. You could receive up to six months in jail, a long-term license revocation (up to three years), expensive fines, and a requirement to have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in your vehicle if and when your driver’s license is reinstated. If this is not your first-time OWI, you face serious felony charges, including up to $50,000 in fines, up to 15 years in prison, and a driver’s license revocation that lasts for years after your prison sentence ends or which may even be permanent. With a minor in the car, fines increase to $100,000 and up to 30 years in jail is possible.

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How Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help with a Homicide Case?

 Posted on December 22, 2022 in Criminal Defense

WI defense lawyerOften seen as the worst crime a person can commit, homicide, or murder, brings serious legal consequences. People accused of homicide often fear that they have no option but to take a plea deal or plead guilty even without a plea deal, simply because the odds seem so stacked against them. Prosecutors are all too eager to put someone behind bars for murder, and they often overlook whether the evidence justifies punishing someone - especially if they are targeting the wrong suspect.

If you are being investigated for or have been charged with homicide of any kind in Wisconsin, there are legitimate defenses against charges of homicide, whether you are the one who committed the crime or not. You deserve the best criminal defense from an attorney with a proven success rate and a commitment to your rights. Read on to learn more about potential defenses against homicide charges and then contact Bucher Law Group, LLC right away.

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Which Crimes Make You a Sex Offender in Wisconsin?

 Posted on December 16, 2022 in Criminal Defense

WI defense lawyerWith most crimes, a convicted individual goes to jail, pays his fees, completes community service, and then, having paid his debt, is able to move on with his life. Sex crimes are different. Despite having already served time and made amends for wrongdoings, people accused of sex crimes are placed on a sex offender registry that essentially exposes them to lifetime consequences for acts that may have happened many years past.

If you have been accused of a sex crime or any crime that was sexually motivated, you may face conviction and a lifetime registry on the Wisconsin sex offender’s list. Taking the charges against you seriously is essential for putting together an effective defense strategy. Read through this list to discover whether you are at risk of permanent sex offender registration and then contact a Wisconsin criminal defense attorney right away.

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When Does it Make Sense to Fight a Traffic Violation?

 Posted on December 12, 2022 in Criminal Defense

WI defense lawyerPeople get traffic tickets all the time, and usually, they just pay them without thinking carefully about how the consequences of a ticket on their record could affect them in the future. But if this happens to you, it is often worth your while to think twice before simply paying the ticket; first, because you might be surprised by how easy it is to fight and beat a traffic violation; and second, because the consequences of a violation on your record may be more serious than you think. If you have been charged with a traffic violation, talk to a Wisconsin traffic violation attorney before using your hard-earned money to pay that ticket. Here are four good reasons why you should contest a traffic violation.

You May Be Able to Get a Better Deal

Depending on the seriousness of the charges against you, you may want to explore options like pleading to a lesser offense. For example, reckless driving is not set at a certain speed in Wisconsin; rather, if an officer subjectively believes you were driving dangerously given the conditions, you could face serious fees and even prison time. Contesting a ticket may allow you to plead to a lesser offense or get the charges dropped altogether.

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