Constitutional Carry in Wisconsin?

A new bill has passed the Wisconsin State Senate Judiciary Committee on 3-2 party line votes earlier this month. This approval cleared the way for the full Senate to consider the bill sometime next month. The bill would allow individuals to lawfully carry a firearm without a permit. This post by criminal defense attorney Benjamin…

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Construction Zones and Phone Usage           

Wisconsin passed a law late last year that made it illegal to use your cell phone while driving through construction zones.  As the summer construction season winds down, here’s a breakdown of the law and exceptions that apply to it: Only Hands-Free in Construction Zones Allowed The statute falls under the heading of inattentive driving. …

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Intimidation of a Witness/Victim Charges

If you read the news in Milwaukee, you’ve seen the countless stories over the past few years about the growing problem of witness intimidation.  The stories focus mainly on defendants who have tried to kill witnesses in their cases.  While killing a witness is a rare event, many defendants are still being charged with intimidating…

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Remember: You don’t HAVE to talk to the Police

Sometimes it’s always nice to hear this reminder:  you do NOT have to talk to the police.  Ever.  Aside from giving them your ID or telling them your name, you do not have to answer any of their questions.  Whether you have something to hide or you are just uncomfortable speaking to law enforcement, remember…

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Can’t Finish the Bottle?  Take Your Wine Home With You!

We’ve all been there: head out for a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant and order a bottle of wine with your meal.  But what happens when you can’t finish the whole bottle?  Two options are clear:  leave the wine at the table, or pour another glass even though you probably have had enough.  Problems…

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Holiday Weekend Tips to Remember

With the 4th of July holiday right around the corner, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for special enforcement of OWI/DUI offenses, traffic offenses, and offenses related to fireworks.  Here are a few reminders from our drunk driving and criminal defense law firm: Fireworks Possession of fireworks and their use is legislated…

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Expungement: Now Easier or Harder?

June was a busy month in Wisconsin related to the issue of expungement.  The legislature proposed a new bill that would allow those currently eligible for expungement additional opportunities to have a court consider granting expungement.  However, a recent Supreme Court of Wisconsin decision seems to have made it more difficult for offenders to realistically…

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Criminal Carjacking Penalties May Increase

A bill proposed in the Wisconsin Senate looks to increase penalties for carjacking in Wisconsin.  Legislators have said that they proposed the bill because of the increased rate and brazenness of carjackings in Milwaukee.  This post will explore the current law and look at how the new law would increase the penalties.  Criminal defense attorney…

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Failure to Yield Penalties

Representatives in the Wisconsin State Assembly proposed a bill that would increase penalties for drivers who fail to yield the right of way to other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  As of today, the bill remains in the Rules Committee.  However, this is a good time to remind you of the current failure to yield law…

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Jail Inquest in Milwaukee

An inquest into the death of Terrill Thomas began last week and should conclude early this week in Milwaukee County.  What is an inquest and what is its purpose in this specific case?  This post examines the law regarding an inquest and why it was ordered.  Criminal defense lawyer Ben Van Severen explains: What is…

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