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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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wisconsin criminal defense lawyerWhen you get into a traffic accident, the proper thing to do is to check for injuries and then exchange contact information so you can work everything out with your insurance companies. In fact, most states require that you do this by law, but it does not stop some people from fleeing the scene when they get into an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than an estimated 814,000 hit-and-run crashes that took place across the country in 2019. If you have been accused of being involved in a hit-and-run accident, you should speak with a Wisconsin criminal defense attorney to discuss your options.

Requirements After a Wisconsin Car Accident

If you are involved in a car accident in Wisconsin, there are certain things that you are required by law to do. After you get into a collision in Wisconsin, the law states that you must get out of your vehicle and investigate what you hit. If you hit a person or a vehicle that had a person inside of it, you are required to:

  • Give your name, address and vehicle registration number to the other party


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Racine County traffic offense lawyerWhen you are pulled over for a traffic stop and the officer believes you were speeding, one of the first things they will likely say is, “Do you know how fast you were going?” Many people do not even realize when they are speeding. It can be extremely easy for the speedometer to inch up and eventually move past the legal speed limit. Most people would simply accept their fate, pay the fine, and move on with their lives. However, paying the fine on a speeding ticket is an admission of guilt and can come with further consequences in some circumstances. If you have received a speeding ticket, you should consult with an attorney to determine how paying the ticket would affect your situation.

Penalties for a Speeding Ticket

Most of the time, when you receive a speeding ticket in Wisconsin, it is only charged as a moving violation. This means that the main penalty for the offense is only a fine. According to Wisconsin law, most speeding tickets carry a possibility of fines between a minimum of $30 and a maximum of $300.

In addition to fines, a speeding ticket could result in points added to your driving record. In Wisconsin, a person with a normal driver’s license can face a license suspension if they accumulate more than 12 points in a 12-month period. The length of the suspension depends on the number of points accumulated. For example, if you were to accumulate 30 points in a 12-month period, you would face a year-long license suspension.


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Waukesha County criminal defense attorneyMany times, criminal cases do not even go to trial. People often utilize plea bargains or other deals to help avoid some of the more harsh penalties that can come with certain criminal convictions. However, if the case does proceed to trial, the fate of the person then rests with the jury. Once both sides have presented their cases and the jury is given all of the evidence, they are then responsible for returning a verdict. However, this verdict is not always favorable. If you are convicted of a crime and you believe your conviction is unjust, you may be able to request an appeal to have your case looked at again.

Filing a Criminal Appeal

In the legal world, time limitations are extremely important. In criminal cases, appeals will only be accepted if they are filed within 20 days of the date you were sentenced or the final judgment. Once the clerk of the circuit court receives your Notice of Intent to Pursue Postconviction or Postdisposition Relief, they will then send you or your attorney various documents and information. You are required to file a Motion for Postconviction or Postdisposition Relief with the circuit court before you can file a Notice of Appeal, unless the appeal is based on insufficient evidence or issues that were previously raised during the case. If you filed a Motion for Postconviction or Postdisposition Relief, you must wait until the circuit court rules on it before you can file a Notice of Appeal.

Results of an Appeal

The appellate court is then tasked with the responsibility of examining all of the information supplied to them by both parties. The appellate court will make its decision and then put the decision into a document called an “opinion.” The opinion is then mailed to both parties, containing the basic information about the case, the court’s stance as to whether or not the circuit court made a mistake, and the court’s decision. In most cases, there are four possible outcomes of an appeal. The appellate court could:


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Waukesha County OWI defense lawyerMany adults like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two when they spend time with friends or go out to eat. However, those beverages could get you into trouble if you are not careful. In all 50 states, it is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In Wisconsin, OWI penalties can be expensive, especially if you have to pay other costs, like for an ignition interlock device (IID). During a traffic stop, police officers will constantly be looking for evidence or anything that can prove that you were, in fact, driving while you were intoxicated. If you are pulled over for OWI, you should know that you have rights.

Rights During an OWI Traffic Stop

While you may feel helpless when you are pulled over by police, it is important to realize that you do have rights that you can exercise that may protect you if you are charged. Some of the most important rights include:

  • Right to Remain Silent: Even during a traffic stop, you have the right to remain silent. The only information that you are required to give to the police is your identification. You do not have to answer questions about what you have been doing and where you are heading. If you wish to invoke this right, you should inform the officer.


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