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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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Racine County divorce attorney

It has often been said that marriages do not end overnight; they slowly deteriorate, falling apart over months or even years before they are considered to be “broken.” Some people recognize these signs of atrophy over time, although many do not, which is why it is not uncommon for situations to exist in which one spouse is completely shocked by the other spouse’s desire to get a divorce. Chances are, however, if your marriage is having issues, you can probably sense some of the tension. It is normal to go through periods of restlessness or unhappiness throughout your marriage, but how do you know when it is time to call it quits? There is no simple answer to that question; however, there are some common signs that typically appear in marriages that are irreversibly damaged, including:

1. You Have More Bad Days Than Good

Marriage can be hard work, and it takes a concerted effort by both spouses to make it last. You will experience some bumps throughout your union, but they should not cause you so much grief that you find it hard to function on a daily basis. Everyone has bad days from time to time, but if your bad days begin to outweigh your good days, this may become an issue. Studies show that happy couples have 20 positive interactions for every negative interaction, while couples nearing divorce typically have the same number of positive and negative interactions.

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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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Milwaukee County OWI defense attorney

The state of Wisconsin remains the only state in the nation that does not criminalize first-time DUI offenses. Instead of it being a criminal charge, it is treated more like a traffic ticket. Drivers pay a fine, and while they do experience a six- to nine-month license suspension, they are also eligible for an occupational license immediately. Even so, law enforcement officials take operating while intoxicated (OWI) offenses rather seriously. That is why it is important to understand Wisconsin's Implied Consent law and how it affects sobriety tests in OWI traffic stops. 

Administering a Chemical Test

When a police officer pulls you over under the suspicion that you may be operating your vehicle while intoxicated (OWI), he or she will likely ask you what you have been doing and if you have been drinking. If anything about your conversation makes the officer think that you may be impaired, he or she may ask you to step out of the vehicle to conduct field sobriety tests, or you may be asked to take a portable breathalyzer test that will give an estimate of your blood-alcohol content (BAC). If the results of these tests or any other observations cause the officer to believe that you are intoxicated, you may be arrested. Upon your arrest, you will be taken back to the police station, where you will be asked to submit to an official chemical test to determine your blood-alcohol content (BAC). This is where you have a choice. You have the right to refuse the test, but you will face consequences if you do break the implied consent laws.

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Walworth County Social Security Disability Insurance attorney

Not a lot of people think about what would happen if they became disabled. According to the Social Security Administration, one out of every four of today's 20-year-olds will become disabled before reaching the age of 67. How would you provide for yourself and your family if you are no longer able to work? This is where the Social Security Administration (SSA) comes in. The SSA provides two programs that help Americans who are disabled: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Although these two programs are similar, there are a few key differences in how they operate. 

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

SSI is a benefit that is paid out to certain individuals based on need. This benefit provides income for children and adults who are disabled and who have limited income and resources. This is the biggest difference between SSI and SSDI. You do have to meet eligibility requirements to receive SSI. To qualify, you generally have to be over the age of 65, blind or disabled and have limited income and/or resources. Children or young adults may also be eligible for SSI if they meet the definition of blind or disabled.

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