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Jefferson County Criminal Defense AttorneyLast month, several Wisconsin state lawmakers introduced a handful of bills that target police and justice reform. One of the lawmakers who introduced the bills referred to as the “Enough Is Enough” package, says the proposed legislation is meant to build on and not negate the proposals that came out of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ Task Force on Racial Disparities.

Enough Is Enough

The Speaker’s task force and the Enough Is Enough package are in response to the demands for police reform from many Wisconsin residents who have spent the last year protesting. The proposed changes focus on what type of training police officers should and should not have, as well as who should be making decisions when it comes to disciplinary procedures for police misconduct and officer-involved deaths.

Highlights of some of the proposed training changes for officers include:

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wisconsin expungement lawyerWhen a person has a criminal record, that history can significantly impact their ability to find employment, housing, and even education. This is especially true for people who committed criminal acts when they were juveniles. Many states allow that juvenile record to be expunged, depending on the circumstances of the crime. When a criminal record is expunged, it removes arrests and/or convictions as if they never occurred and not even the courts, prosecutors, or law enforcement have access to the record.

Wisconsin has a very limited juvenile expungement process and thanks to a recent Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling, that process may be even more difficult.

Juvenile Justice and Expungement

It has been well documented in study after study that a teenager’s brain is not fully developed, especially in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. This is the part of the brain that controls a person’s ability to delay and reflect on a decision. This is why many teens often will act before they think about what they are doing. This area also controls impulsivity, something that many teens have a hard time with. The prefrontal cortex also controls a teen’s ability to consider the consequences of their actions, as well as buckle to peer pressure.

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Milwaukee DUI Defense attorneyFrom fines and jail time to a criminal record, a DUI comes with many consequences. People with DUI convictions may have a more difficult time securing employment and strained relationships with their family members and friends. Taking the proper steps immediately after your arrest, however, can improve your chances of a more favorable outcome.

Steps to Take After a DUI Charge

Although you may feel nervous and scared right now, you must regain your composure and do what is necessary to protect your future. By taking the appropriate action at the appropriate time, you can help your own case as you move forward:

Here are a few steps to take after getting charged with a DUI in Wisconsin:

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Waukesha WI traffic ticket lawyerMost people are pulled over by a police officer at one point or another, even if it is just for something small, like forgetting to use a turn signal. A single traffic stop may not have serious consequences, but in Wisconsin, each time you are issued a traffic ticket by an officer, you face more points accumulating on your driving record. If you have too many points, you could eventually have your driving privileges taken away from you. If you have gotten a ticket or you have been pulled over recently, you should speak with a Wisconsin traffic ticket attorney who can help you understand your options.

How Does the Point System Work?

Like most other states, Wisconsin uses a point system to keep track of each driver’s record in an attempt to keep dangerous drivers off of the road. Every time you are issued a traffic ticket, you will also be issued a specific number of points on your driving record for that ticket. More serious violations result in more points. Some of the most common traffic violations and their assigned number of points include:

  • Operating a vehicle with a revoked or suspended license: 3 points

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Milwaukee County criminal defense attorneyIt goes without saying that some crimes are not as serious as others, but even minor crimes are not without their consequences. In many situations involving low-level crimes, judges may choose to sentence a person to community supervision, rather than to a term of confinement in jail. Often, community supervision is the most favorable outcome a person could get for a low-level offense. If you have been accused of committing a crime, you should speak to a Wisconsin criminal defense lawyer to discuss your options.

Types of Community Supervision in Wisconsin

If you are sentenced to a crime, a judge may choose to defer your adjudication and sentence you to a period of community supervision, rather than sending you to jail. In Wisconsin, there are three types of community supervision:

  • Probation - The most popular type of community supervision is probation. Most of the time, being sentenced to probation will also come with various requirements that you must obey, such as not possessing a firearm or refraining from using drugs and/or alcohol. Sometimes, probation comes with a withheld sentence, meaning you will not be fully tried in court unless you violate the terms of your probation. In other cases, probation is assigned as an alternative sentence after conviction, and a probation violation would mean you would be subject to the more serious sentence issued at the time of your conviction, including possible fines and jail time.

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