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Milwaukee County OWI defense lawyer

Getting pulled over by a police officer for any reason is an intimidating experience. When you are stopped because an officer suspects you may be driving while you are intoxicated, it can be even more nerve-wracking. Experiments have shown that most people will obey commands from law enforcement just because the police officer is wearing a uniform, but not every command from a police officer must be followed. In certain situations, you have the right to refuse commands, which can sometimes benefit the outcome of your case. It is important to understand your rights if you are pulled over on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) in Wisconsin. 

Right to Remain Silent

The United States Constitution states that all American citizens have the right against self-incrimination. This means you have the right to remain silent and not answer police questions when you are stopped for a traffic violation. One of the most common questions that officers ask when they stop someone is, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” If you answer yes to that question, you are basically admitting your guilt. The best thing to do is to reply to that question with, “No, officer, I do not know.”

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Milwaukee County child relocation lawyer

A divorce is considered by many to be a fresh start. People who get divorced often decide to relocate to begin their next chapter in life. Whether it is a move to accept a new job, to be closer to extended family, or simply for a change of scenery, relocating with a child can be difficult. Under Wisconsin divorce law, there are certain rules a parent must follow when he or she wishes to move with his or her child. Either parent who has been granted physical placement of the child can petition to move with the child. Not following the rules of relocation can result is less than favorable consequences and can end with a petition for relocation being denied.

Filing the Motion to Relocate

If a parent wishes to move with a child and make the child’s permanent residence more than 100 miles away from the child's current residence, the parent must file a motion to relocate with the court. The relocation plan in the motion must include:

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Milwaukee County DUI defense attorney

In recent years, police officers and lawmakers around the country have paid more attention to those who choose to operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (OWI). Because of this, the number of deaths related to people who were driving under the influence (DUI) has decreased, but it still remains a problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 11,000 people killed in motor vehicle crashes involving alcohol impairment in 2017. Penalties for drunk driving vary by state but are serious no matter where you are. The penalties become even more strict if a child is in your automobile when you are caught driving under the influence.

Wisconsin OWI Penalties

If you are stopped on suspicion of operating a vehicle while under the influence in Wisconsin, you can be charged with OWI, whether or not your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 or more. For example, if you fail a field sobriety test (FST), and the officer determines you are intoxicated beyond a safe point to drive, you may be arrested and charged with drunk driving. As a first-time OWI offender, you can face a fine of $150 to $300 in addition to a $435 OWI surcharge, and your driver's license will be revoked for six to nine months. If your BAC is .15 or higher, you may be required to use an ignition interlock device or participate in a 24/7 sobriety program for one year.

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Milwaukee County firearms violation defense lawyer

In today’s world, it seems as if we are seeing a news story every other day about how a person has used a firearm to commit atrocious crimes. Because of this, more local and state laws are being passed in order to change existing gun laws and make them more strict. Wisconsin has a long history of being a pro-gun state, but in recent years, it has also strengthened its gun laws. In certain situations, there are mandatory minimums when it comes to sentencing for some gun crimes. These mandatory minimums are typically only required for a felony or repeat offender, but they can greatly affect the outcome of a firearms violation case.

Possession of a Firearm

According to Wisconsin law, anyone who has been convicted of a prior felony is not permitted to possess a firearm. If he or she is caught in possession of a firearm, he or she will be charged with a Class G felony, which carries possible penalties of up to 10 years in prison, up to $25,000 in fines, or a combination of both.

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Milwaukee County reckless driving defense lawyer

Holding a driver’s license is a privilege that many people take for granted. When you receive a driver’s license, you agree to multiple things, perhaps the most important being that you will operate your vehicle in a safe and responsible manner. Risky driving and/or breaking Wisconsin traffic laws can lead to serious reckless driving charges. As is the case for many states, the definition of reckless driving can encompass a variety of actions and behaviors on the road. 

Reckless Driving Definition

When it comes to reckless driving, the Wisconsin laws can be somewhat open to interpretation due to the many actions that could lead to this charge. At its base, reckless driving in Wisconsin constitutes any behavior that endangers the safety of any other people or property through the negligent use of a vehicle. Further, the law states that “no person may cause bodily harm to another by the negligent operation of a vehicle,” meaning that reckless driving charges may apply whether or not a driver's negligence led to actual harm.

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